Drama She Wrote
A season showcasing pioneering female writers of the television play.
“Why are you not making drama by female writers?”
Question posed in an open letter to TV execs in 2018, signed by c.80 UK-based female scriptwriters
Following hot on the heels of that open letter, in May 2018 the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain published a damning report highlighting the lack of women writers in the British film and TV industry. Although some TV genres (eg soaps, children’s) have a fair proportion of female writers, in the most critically regarded and prestigious forms (serials and single dramas) the story is very different. This is not a new phenomenon: between the 1950s and 70s the most influential form of drama, the single play, was very much (over 90%) a male preserve. Yet in a male-dominated industry, Fay Weldon, Susan Pleat, Elaine Morgan, Julia Jones and others regularly managed to produce fascinating and intriguing works – examples of which we screen here, many unseen since their original broadcast.