The Television Archive on BBC Four: From Preservation to Production

Goblot, Vana. 2015. The Television Archive on BBC Four: From Preservation to Production. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 4(8), pp. 80-90. [Article]

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Reusing audiovisual archive material is a growing trend on television and has many purposes, ranging for commercial to more ‘purely’ social and cultural ones. Focusing on the uses of the television archive on BBC Four, the BBC’s ‘custodian of archive’ and digital channel for arts, culture and ideas, this article examines a selection of archive rich programmes shown on the channel, in order to explore the ways in which the television archive is becoming indispensable in programme making. The article is based on interviews with BBC Four programme makers. It posits that memory, nostalgia, aesthetic and moral judgement and, crucially, self-reflexivity are all at play in archive-based programme making. The article further proposes three distinct production approaches – interpretative, interventional and imaginative – all of which contribute differently to the television archive’s being seen as a ‘creative tool’.

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BBC Four, the BBC, television archive, television production, cultural value, nostalgia

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


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08 Jun 2018 14:23

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09 Jun 2021 19:11

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