Professor Jonathan Bignell addresses an international conference on Television post Second World War

On 25 September 2015, Prof. Jonathan Bignell spoke at the annual Association of Adaptation Studies conference in London on the subject of “Rings around London: Television in 1946”. He explored how British television re-started after the Second World War, noting a recurrent motif of loops and rings in the spatiality of broadcasting at that time. Television radiated out across London and into its hinterland, in a circle of about 40 miles radius. BBC Outside Broadcast units were plugged into a cable encircling London’s West End, enabling them to shoot pictures from the Dress Circle of London theatres, to follow the circling couples at the Hammersmith Palais de Danse, and cover Wimbledon motorcycle speedway and the Oval cricket ground. The talk used these spatial and temporal loops to analyse the BBC’s sense of its post-War role.