Jack Rosenthal on Jack Rosenthal Street

As our building stands next to Jack Rosenthal Street, who better to celebrate in our on-going January seasons devoted to British screenwriters than the man who gave the street its name, Manchester’s Jack Rosenthal.

Rosenthal’s career is without doubt one of the most distinctive in British television and across January 2018 we will offer a selection from this rich and diverse body of work.

Beginning in the 1960s with a stint on Coronation Street, he continued his association with Granada in the 1970s developing fondly remembered sit-coms such as The Lovers (1970-71) and distinctive single dramas such as Another Sunday and Sweet F.A. (1972) and Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill (1976). At the BBC he delivered scripts for classic Plays for Today such as The Evacuees (1975) Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976) and Spend, Spend, Spend (1976).

If that weren’t enough Rosenthal also scripted a number of ensemble dramas that showcased the best of Britain’s acting talents including The Knowledge (1979) and The Chain (1984), and for good measure contributed script-writing duties on the Barbra Streisand vehicle Yentl (1983).

Curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and our Senior Visiting Curator of Film.

Previously in this season

Double Bill/ Off to University

These two BBC television films follow the exploits of a group of aspiring students seeking places at Cambridge University and the tribulations of their parents…

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Double Bill/ Back to the Workplace

Another pair of Rosenthal scripts that show his deft skills at creating ensemble-based works that bring together a group of wonderfully realised characters whose paths…

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P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang

Once again drawing on his own childhood memories, here Rosenthal delivers a heart-warmingly nostalgic script that is brought to the screen with great skill by…

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Wide-Eyed and Legless

Wide Eyed and Legless is the moving story of a woman who when diagnosed with a degenerative illness decides to find her successor to help…

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Double Bill/ At Work

Jack Rosenthal’s work was marked by a deft ability to create ensemble works that always contained beautifully written, fully rounded characters; this pair of dramas…

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Introducing Jack Rosenthal on Jack Rosenthal Street

Programmers Andy Murray and Andy Willis will explore the writer’s work, drawing out themes and ideas that reappear across his lengthy and varied career.

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Spend, Spend, Spend

When Viv and Keith Nicholson win £152,319 on the pools their life is turned upside down, particularly when Viv exclaims she will ‘spend, spend, spend!’…

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Double Bill/ Youthful Memories

These two dramas, broadcast in the BBC’s Play for Today slot, are great examples of the ways in which Rosenthal was able to masterfully mould…

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