Booking opens for ‘Spaces of Television’ conference at University of Reading, 18-20 September 2013

The Minghella Building, University of Reading

The Minghella Building, University of Reading

Booking has now opened for the three-day, international ‘Spaces of Television’ Conference, held between 18-20 September 2013 in the Minghella Building at the University of Reading.

The conference will include four keynote presentations:

John Ellis (Royal Holloway): Everyday Spaces of Television Production

Julia Hallam (Liverpool): Liverpool in television drama: exploring spatial praxis

Michele Hilmes (Wisconsin-Madison): Co-Production and Transnational Heritage: The Imagined Space of Masterpiece Theatre

John Wyver (Westminster/ Illuminations): To get to the heart of it: spaces and strategies for television adaptations of staged Shakespeare

 The conference will also include two special panels:

Interviews with veteran television drama directors Darrol Blake (Doomwatch, Doctor Who), Piers Haggard (Pennies from Heaven, Quatermass), Brian Farnham (Rock Follies, The Borgias) and designers Peter Le Page (Armchair Theatre, Callan) Stuart Walker (An Englishman Abroad, Road)

A panel investigating television archives and their access including Tony Ageh (Head of Archive Development, BBC), Tim Beddows (Network Distributing), Dick Fiddy (BFI) and others

Screening: Reenactment by Andrew Ireland (Central Lancashire) of the 2006 Doctor Who story ‘Bad Wolf’, recorded under 1960s studio conditions (“Studio-bound – What does this mean in practice?: A Re-enactment Experiment with the British TV Series Doctor Who“)

 Conference papers are:

Mark Aldridge (Southampton Solent): Studio Action: Adam Adamant Lives!

Daniel Ashton (Bath Spa): “I’d advise anyone contemplating this to find a separate wing to live in”: Pride & Prejudice and Spaces of Cultural Heritage

Howard Berry (Hertfordshire): ‘Filmed Across the World, Made at Elstree’: How television made at Elstree in the 1960s and 70s brought a global experience to the small screen

Jonathan Bignell (Reading): Taking Puppets Seriously: Gerry Anderson’s 1960s Children’s TV Series

Steve Blandford (Glamorgan): Jimmy McGovern’s negotiation of television spaces and the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy.

Victoria Byard (Leicester): ‘I can only describe it by the forces it generates, not the shape’: fantastic spaces in Sky (HTV, 1975)

Sarah Cardwell (Kent): Frames and aspects: three adaptations of Persuasion

James Chapman (Leicester): Downton Abbey and contemporary British TV costume drama

Lez Cooke (Royal Holloway): The Unknown Spaces of Television Archives: Researching the History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK

Matt Crowder (Royal Holloway): That Was The Week That Was and the space of entertainment

Ollie Douglas (Museum of English Rural Life, Reading): Live reenactments of rural history on BBC Television in the 1950s

David Dunn: From Outer Space to the Outer Hebrides: Soap Opera Productions on the Cusp

Laura Earley (Glasgow Caledonian/ Gloucestershire) Championing the Studio: The Relationship Between Space and Style in Dennis Potter’s Non-naturalistic Television Drama

Carolyn Ellam (UEA): Critical Interpretations and Applied Cultural Meanings of Fantasy Spaces in The Prisoner (1967 – 68)              

Georges Fournier (Jean Moulin): Space in the fictions on Margaret Thatcher

Joanne Garde-Hansen (Warwick): Dennis Potter’s Extras: Below the Line Production Memories in the Forest of Dean

Elinor Groom (Nottingham): Adventures on a Boat: Southerner and Southern Television’s Freewheelers

Nick Hall (Royal Holloway): “The big city where the livin’ ain’t easy”: The urban ‘outside’ in Robert Altman’s Bus Stop episodes

Valerie Hazette (Stirling): From TV5 to TV5 Monde: A Travel in Space and History

Richard Hewett (Royal Holloway): Spaces of Preparation: The Acton ‘Hilton’ and Changing Patterns of Television Drama Rehearsal

Jason Jacobs (Queensland): The co-production of space and character in The Third Man

Richard Kilborn (Stirling) & Lothar Mikos (Potsdam): Till Death Us Do Part: Crossing Borders: New television homes for British TV sitcoms

Felix Kirschbacher (Mannheim): The Significance of Lumber.  Interiors and Exteriors of Evil in Twin Peaks

Simone Knox (Reading): Site and Style in Contemporary British Drama: London’s Chinatown in Sherlock

Stephen Lacey (Glamorgan): Studios and stages: actors, acting and the use of space in the BBC’s Performance series

Ben Lamb (Glamorgan): Spaces of performance: Armchair Theatre and the role of the set designer

Laura Mayne (Portsmouth): Televisual film, cinematic drama: space, technology and aesthetics in early Films on Four

Kevin McMahon (Southern California Institute of Architecture): Rooms against chronicles – The house in Edwardian TV

Douglas McNaughton (Queen Margaret): “How to produce by a false thing the effects of a true’: Televisual Representations of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex

Darrell Newton (Salisbury): Subjectivity and the Spatial: The Usages of Media in Man from the Sun (BBC, 1958)

Joseph Oldham (Warwick): Spaces of ‘Realist’ Spy Dramas on British Television, 1978-82

Leah Panos (Reading): Studio Style, Space & Anarchic Revelry: ‘The Folk Singer’ (Armchair Theatre, 1972)

Frances Pheasant-Kelly (Wolverhampton): Bouquet of Barbed Wire Then and Now: Space, Aesthetics and Production

Martin Phillips (Leicester): Productions of rurality in the early 1990s: the roles of rural and national spaces in the production of rural television dramas.

Helen Piper (Bristol): Bolt holes and lock-ups: Anxious spaces and everyday places in early 1990s detective dramas

David Rolinson (Stirling): What Was Ahead: studio as gateway in Doctor Who – ‘Warriors’ Gate’ (1981)

Max Sexton (Birkbeck): Urban Imaginaries and Euston Films

Sally Shaw (Portsmouth): “I actually shot it on location at the Knightsbridge Spaghetti House” – depicting black politicised spaces in A Hole in Babylon (Ové, 1979 BBC).

Billy Smart (Reading): Within These Walls: The particular strengths and qualities of studio drama

Jan Teurlings (Amsterdam): The television studio as a peculiar panopticon: Reflections on studio space and its non-human actants

Gamze Toylan (Westminster): The League of Gentlemen: ‘90s TV Production: Filming a BBC in-house production in Yorkshire Television Studios

Faye Woods (Reading): Uncanny Thamesmead: The telefantasy social realist spaces of Misfits

Amanda Wrigley (Westminster): Space and Place in Joan Kemp-Welch’s Television Productions of Theatre Plays

James Zborowski (Hull): Representing the everyday in Coronation Street (1960 and 2013)

Booking details can be found here.

Conference queries should be sent to Billy Smart at

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