‘Real people’s lives rarely fall into a three-act structure’: Writing biographical drama for British television

Andrews, Hannah (2018) ‘Real people’s lives rarely fall into a three-act structure’: Writing biographical drama for British television. Journal of Screenwriting, 9 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 1759-7137 DOI https://doi.org/10.1386/josc.9.1.41_1

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Abstract

This article combines primary material based on interviews with British screenwriters who have written prominent dramas based on real lives with biography theory and screenwriting praxis. It seeks to analyse some of the solutions screenwriters have found to the unique challenges of writing drama based on real lives, specifically by comparing it with the developing field of biography theory. These issues are analysed in the light of the recommendations of well-known screenwriting theorist/practitioners on the creation of character and its relationship with story. The article considers some of the specific challenges for British screenwriters in creating biographical drama, given the context of public service broadcasting and its associated pressure for accuracy and fairness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: British television drama; biography; public service broadcasting; research; screenwriting; television drama
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: Media
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 15:08
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9919

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