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Ancient Greece on British Television$
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Fiona Hobden and Amanda Wrigley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412599

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412599.001.0001

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Greece in the Making: From Intention to Practicalities in Television Documentaries. A Conversation with

Greece in the Making: From Intention to Practicalities in Television Documentaries. A Conversation with

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(p.203) 10 Greece in the Making: From Intention to Practicalities in Television Documentaries. A Conversation with
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Ancient Greece on British Television
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Michael Scott

David Wilson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412599.003.0011

Drawing upon the experiences and expertise of the presenter and historian Dr Michael Scott and the director and producer David Wilson, who worked together on the BBC4 documentaries Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (2010), Guilty Pleasures: Luxury in Ancient Greece (2011) and Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth (2013), this chapter examines the contingencies and complexities of putting ancient Greece on screen. In conversation with Fiona Hobden, one of the editors of this volume, Scott and Wilson explore the production process from commissioning to writing, and through filming and editing. In particular they highlight how television treatments of ancient Greece are variously informed by commissioning agendas, financial budgets, physical conditions and practical constraints during on-location filming, and the technological possibilities of the medium. In the process they shed light on the character and value of ancient Greece on television, and its persistent appeal to a section of the audience.

Keywords:   BBC, television documentary, educational television, entertainment television, Michael Scott, David Wilson, on-location filming, archaeological sites, special effects, television production

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