Tony Garnett

By Stephen Lacey

Tony Garnett


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6628-3
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2007
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film, TV & radio, Film and Media, Television, Radio, Films, cinema, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, PERFORMING ARTS / Radio / History & Criticism, Biography: Arts & Entertainment
  • Series: The Television Series


Tony Garnett is the first book-length study of one of the most respected and prolific producers working in British television. From ground-breaking dramas from the 1960s such as Up the Junction and Cathy Come Home to the 'must see' series in the 1990s and 2000s such as This Life and The Cops, Garnett has produced some of the most important and influential British television drama.

This book charts his career from his early days as an actor to his position as executive producer and head of World Productions, focusing on the ways in which he has helped to define the role of the creative producer, shaping the distinctive politics and aesthetics of the drama he has produced, and enabling and facilitating the contributions of others. Garnett's distinctive contribution to the development of a social realist aesthetic is also examined, through the documentary-inspired early single plays to the subversion of genre within popular drama series.


Introduction: Telling the truth
1. From actor to producer - into the driving seat
2. The 1960s - social realism and The Wednesday Play
3. Plays for Today: representing 'managed dissensus'
4. Independence and dependency
Appendix 1: list of television plays and films
Appendix 2: list of films for theatrical release


Stephen Lacey is Professor of Drama, Film and Television in the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Glamorgan

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