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Time Shift tells the story of how television today is rediscovering the power of live drama. The programme is narrated by award winning actor Bill Nighy and features rare and early TV drama clips and behind-the-scenes footage. Viewers can also see the first episode of The Grove Family, which transmits to accompany the series.
As much of the early TV Drama was broadcast in the form of televised theatre in 1954 Britain's first TV soap opera The Grove Family was transmitted and ran for 3 years. The pressure on the actors was immense, including last minute script changes from the floor manager to keep the production to time and so it's not surprising they fluffed the odd line. But the UK forgave any imperfections and The Grove Family even got Royal approval when the Queen Mother visited the studio in 1957.
When ITV launched they challenged the BBC dramas with Armchair Theatre, and the beeb followed up with Z Cars. As technology developed, more and more programmes were recorded but the buzz created by the red light going on has started to make a comeback.
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