Sky Arts Drama: Keepin’ It Real

May 27, 2009 by  
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If you, like me, watch Eastenders wishing that Shirley would forget her lines or that the set would collapse on top of her you’ll no doubt be pleased to hear that live drama is returning to our screens this summer.

In July the Sky Arts channel is to showcase six newly commissioned live plays – the first time live new plays have been aired on TV since the BBC’s Play for Today finished in 1984.

There will only be three weeks to rehearse each play before it is aired on Wednesday evening and each author will be making their debut as playwrights.

Performances are to be broadcast in front of a live audience in a Sky studio and afterward the actors, writers and directors will talk about the process in a live post-show discussion.

Artistic director Sandi Toksvig described it as “genuine ‘reality’ television – drama as it happens, whenever it happens. Vibrant, immediate, warts and all. I started my career in live television. It has an energy that cannot be found elsewhere and I am delighted to be going back.”