Translating History for Television

Annabel Hobley

Television producer Annabel Hobley

At the recent regular monthly evening meeting held at the Museum, the Friends welcomed Annabel Hobley from London to talk on the subject ‘Translating History to Television’. Annabel, an experienced producer for television, is credited with, amongst others, the B.B.C.’s Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter; Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs and Maps: Power, Plunder & Possession.

Annabel Hobley and Dr. Pamela Cox, who co-authored the book "Shopgirls" based on the BBC programme.

Annabel Hobley and Dr. Pamela Cox, who co-authored the book “Shopgirls” based on the BBC programme.

 

Not surprisingly she was able to demonstrate her considerable knowledge and insight of the process. She spoke of the need to tailor programmes to varying audiences and the perceived whims of programme commissioners. Taking her audience back to the early days of television, she illustrated the dramatic changes that have occurred over time. Annabel’s absorbing, informative and entertaining presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session which indicated the depth of interest generated amongst her audience.

 

Wendy Flint

 

 

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