Wednesday 31 October 2007

Other arts on TV

In a debate about the cultural effect of Channel 4 launching 25 years ago on Thinking aloud an interesting tangent appeared. One of the guests right at the end of the segment said that public service arts broadcasting (in his context, Channel 4 and BBC 2)had lost us years of important culture by not having televised and therefore recorded enough live theatre over the last few decades.
I'm unsure about this, I find televised theatre quite flat compared with live or even theatre in a studio for television, and are things better with more channels covering arts, anyway this is to ask your opinions.

1 comment:

Joe Otten said...

Even if it doesn't work artistically, it would be good to have a record of how plays were produced for the art historians of the future.

And I think sometimes it does work, although I haven't seen much televised theatre, obviously, as not much exists. Jerry Springer the Opera worked, perhaps helped by being set in a TV studio.