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BARD BY THE BEEB 21st January 2003

John Morrison (February) castigates the BBC for broadcasting only two Shakespeare plays in five years. Such bluster has the opposite effect from the one he hopes-it confirms the BBC’s determination to disassociate itself from the shibboleths of ageing white fogies. Morrison’s vision of a titanic struggle between The Merchant of Venice and EastEnders obscures the real issue-how good is contemporary drama on the BBC? How much does it challenge, inspire and educate its audience? If we wish to prove that standards have dropped, we should be analysing the merits and demerits of what…

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