Troy Kennedy Martin by Lez CookeTroy Kennedy Martin by Lez Cooke

Troy Kennedy Martin

byLez Cooke

Paperback | May 30, 2012

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This is the first full-length study of the screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin, whose work for film and television includes Z Cars, The Italian Job, Kelly's Heroes, The Sweeney, Reilly - Ace of Spies and Edge of Darkness. With a career spanning six decades, Troy Kennedy Martin has seen the riseand fall of the television dramatist, making his debut in the era of studio-based television drama in the late 1950s prior to the transition to filmed drama (for which he argued in a famous manifesto), as the television play was gradually replaced by popular series and serials, for which KennedyMartin did some of his best work. Drawing on original interviews with Kennedy Martin and his collaborators, as well as extensive research at the BBC Written Archives Centre and the British Film Institute Library (which holds a Special Collection of Troy Kennedy Martin's scripts), the book provides a comprehensive analysis of thefilm and television career of one of Britain's leading screenwriters, whose work includes many adaptations as well as original scripts and screenplays. Also included is a chapter examining Kennedy Martin's significant contribution to innovative and experimental television drama - his 1964 "Nats GoHome" polemic and the six-part serial, Diary of a Young Man, plus his 1986 MacTaggart lecture which anticipated recent developments in television style and technology. Written in an easily accessible style, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in television drama, screenwriting and the history of British television over the last fifty years.
Lez Cooke is Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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Title:Troy Kennedy MartinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.47 inPublished:May 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719067030

ISBN - 13:9780719067037

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Biographical sketch * Single plays * Experiments in television drama * Drama series * Drama serials * The hostile waters of British television in a deregulated age * List of television programmes, feature films, unproduced scripts and screenplays, awards and publications