Skip to main content

A small screen alternative to stone and bronze

Hanna, Emma (2007) A small screen alternative to stone and bronze. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10 (1). pp. 89-111. ISSN 1367-5494. (doi:10.1177/1367549407072972) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:92211)

PDF Publisher pdf
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
[thumbnail of E Hanna EJCS Small Screen Alternative to Stone and Bronze.pdf]
Official URL


This article examines the first major British television series about the First World War, The Great War (BBC, 1964), in terms of

its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. As a central component of the BBC's 50th anniversary commemorative programme to mark the

outbreak of war, the series was a major media event -a small-screen memorial cast in sounds and images instead of stone and bronze. This

article looks at how the British television audience responded to thisform of on-screen commemoration. Material for this article was derived

from the series' extensive production records housed in the BBC Written Archives Centre at Caversham, Berkshire. This was supplemented by,

among other sources, material from interviews and correspondence with several surviving members of the production team. This allows a broader

understanding of the motivations of those involved in the production of a groundbreaking historical series, while acknowledging the wide-ranging

nature of its audience.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1367549407072972
Uncontrolled keywords: commemoration culture, First World War, remembrance, representation, television
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Emma Hanna
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 12:34 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 17:41 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hanna, Emma:
  • Depositors only (login required):