Monitor : the creation of the television arts documentary
Irwin, Mary M.. (2011) Monitor : the creation of the television arts documentary. Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol.8 (No.3). pp. 322-336. ISSN 1743-4521
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Monitor (BBC, 1958–65), a series which showcased the arts and their creators and was presented by Huw Wheldon, is now remembered as the ﬂagship of late 1950s and early 1960s arts documentary television broadcasting.
In Arts TV: A History of Arts Television in Britain, John Walker describes Monitor as ‘a crucially important early series’ (1993: 45), arguing that ‘no one could deny its ground-breaking achievements’ (ibid.: 49). John Wyver, in Vision On: Film, Television and the Arts in Britain, called
Monitor ‘among the BBC’s most celebrated contributions to “good broadcasting’’ ’ (2007: 27). In the edited collection Experimental British Television, Jamie Sexton refers to Monitor as the ‘BBC’s critically acclaimed arts series’ (Mulvey and Sexton 2007: 90), while Kay Dickinson, in the same collection, refers to it as a ‘well respected fortnightly Sunday arts magazine programme’, pointing out that this was where Ken Russell ﬁrst made his name (ibid.: 70). Indeed the series is now most admired for Russell’s innovative composer biographies, the highlight of which is generally accepted to be his ﬁlm on Elgar (BBC, 11 November 1962). Indeed, this ﬁlm was chosen to mark the hundredth edition of the programme.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > Film and Television Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of British Cinema and Television|
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Official Date:||October 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 322-336|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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