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European Connections

Classic Plays from Europe Brought to Life on British TV

March 2019

Discover how our TV represents Europe today – and look back at the great European classics on British TV.

Introduction by season programmer Marcus Prince

European Connections


“Britain has always been an extraordinary laboratory of creation – in industry, in novels – and has always looked outwards”
Walter Iuzzolino

From the 1950s to the 1990s, British TV, and in particular the BBC, acted as a window to European culture by producing not only great classic adaptations of the European novel, but also single TV plays by major authors such as Sartre, Pirandello, Lorca and Schnitzler. Acutely aware of the Reithian principle to educate as well as entertain, these plays – viewed by millions – were often people’s first introduction to the works of important European writers. Happily for us, they attracted the celebrated stars of the day: Paul Scofield, Dame Edith Evans and Jeanne Moreau, to name a few. Here, we present a selection of the finest of these European plays, as well as a panel discussion that delves into what our representation of Europe on British TV looks like now.

Marcus Prince


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