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By Su Holmes

This booklet makes a speciality of the rising historic kinfolk among British tv and movie tradition within the Nineteen Fifties. Drawing upon archival study, it does this by means of exploring the advance of the early cinema programme on tv - mostly present unencumber (BBC, 1952-3), photograph Parade (BBC, 1956) and picture Fanfare (ABC, 1956-7) - and argues that it was once those texts which performed the significant position within the constructing kin among the media. quite in terms of Britain, the early co-existence of tv and cinema has been noticeable as adverse and adverse, yet in situating those programmes in the contexts in their institutional creation, aesthetic development and reception, the ebook goals to ‘reconstruct’ television’s insurance of the cinema as an important to the cloth of British movie and tv tradition on the time. It demonstrates how the jobs of cinema and tv - as media industries and cultural types, yet crucially as websites of reveal leisure - successfully got here jointly at the present in the sort of method that's distinctive to this decade.

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The speaker’s remarks would refer chiefly to interesting facts about the stars, production, direction, and story, and would be illustrated by ‘floating in’... 11 44 British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s The BBC had often conflicted with the film industry over freedom of criticism where the film reviews on radio were concerned. Companies had readily complained when their films attracted adverse comment, and Cock was clearly mindful of these tensions when proposing the television programme. However, his notion of a ‘descriptive’ rather than ‘critical’ feature was perhaps shaped by factors other than a desire for the industry’s co-operation.

1. Broadcasting It 31 attitude of the ITV companies toward the film industry was entirely different from that of the BBC, and the relationship between the two sectors was transformed by commercial television. qrk 25/2/05 10:55 am Page 32 32 British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s ITV instigated an important shift in the institutional relations between the British film industry and television, but as Stokes’ argument indicates, it is easier to see this as representing something ‘entirely different’, or as a ‘transformation’, if it is assumed that the BBC had virtually nothing to do with the film industry at all.

The ‘interesting facts’ about the stars or production, complete with ‘floating in’ the clips concerned, played a role in constructing the visual appeal of the programme. As Cock elaborated: ‘We should very much like to count upon the co-operation of your company in what will... 12 In using terms such as ‘floating in’ and ‘flashes’, Cock struggles to find the vocabulary to describe what is an unfamiliar terrain. However, even if he was uncertain as to how to conceptualise the programme he had in mind, he was clearly thinking along visual lines.

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