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Not all serials have been so successful, perhaps because ' a blanket of Victoriana' has smothered a production, resulting in something that was visually enticing yet devoid of the intellectual sharpness of the novel that was its begetter. Alternatively, financial and artistic caution have descended like a fog, restricting invention and ambition . As the one-time BBC head of serials, Shaun Sutton, has recorded, Television cannot always match the huge sweep of the great classics . War and Peace sends armies marching across its pages; television must be content with regiments, even companies .

At the time of writing the latest monthly figures available were those for August 1983. In the 'top fifty' (that is, the programmes with most viewers that month) / the top eight places were taken by the eight editions of Coronation Street. Crossroads took seven of the remaining places in the top twenty. GENRES AND MEDIA 33 Mention of Coronation Street brings us to another of the conventions of discussions about soap operas. In any such discussion, time and space must be found to consider whether Coronation Street is indeed an example of the genre or whether it is the great classic serial of all time.

Thus, in 1954, when the BBC's production of a dramatisation of George Orwell's 1984 caused a national furore (because of the horrific scenes involving torture, rats, and the novel's generally depressing view of the future) , there was a debate not about the planned 'repeat' but about 'the second performance'. The four-day gap between the two performances, with every daily paper pontificating on the play, must have been strange ones for Michael Barry, then head of BBC Television Drama, and for the cast.

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