Page 36

BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

And Did Those Feet The Wednesday Play. BBC 1965. Dir Don Taylor. With Patrick Troughton, Anna Wing. 106min Lured over to the BBC to shake up their drama output, Sydney Newman developed The Wednesday Play, a series gifted by Director of Television Kenneth Adam following the cancellation of earlier, underperforming drama strands. SYDNEY NEWMAN 36 book online at bfi.org.uk Avengers + Adam Adamant Lives! One of Newman’s great strengths was assembling crack production teams and then giving them the space to develop his basic ideas into fully-formed TV series. Here are two of his best. The Avengers: Nutshell ITV 1963. Dir Raymond Menmuir. With Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. 50min By the time Newman left ITV, The Avengers series he’d instigated had started to develop into an ambitious blend of drama and surreal whimsy – this episode is an early example. WED 20 DEC 18:10 NFT2 + Adam Adamant Lives! The Sweet Smell of Disaster BBC 1966. Dir Philip Dudley. With Gerald Harper, Juliet Harmer. 60min Newman attempted to create an Avengers-style adventure for the BBC with this swashbuckling, great fun, fantasy series. THU 14 DEC 18:20 NFT2 It was conceived to support new television writing, and one of its most explosive new talents was David Mercer – here turning in a scintillating social satire on class and privilege. The Avengers


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
To see the actual publication please follow the link above