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This article combines primary material based on interviews with British screenwriters who have written prominent dramas based on real lives with biography theory and screenwriting praxis. It seeks to analyse some of the solutions screenwriters have found to the unique challenges of writing drama based on real lives, specifically by comparing it with the developing field of biography theory. These issues are analysed in the light of the recommendations of well-known screenwriting theorist/practitioners on the creation of character and its relationship with story. The article considers some of the specific challenges for British screenwriters in creating biographical drama, given the context of public service broadcasting and its associated pressure for accuracy and fairness.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Screenwriting|
|Early online date||1 Mar 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2018|
- British television drama
- public service broadcasting
- television drama
- Television drama
- Public service broadcasting
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Broadcasting Biography: Analyzing dramatizations of real lives on screen
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