This essential box set brings together all of the surviving stand-alone BBC TV dramas that Alan Clarke directed between 1969 and 1977, including such neglected classics as Horace, Penda’s Fen, Diane and Funny Farm, as well as the infamous Scum, which was banned for 14 years
Although probably best remembered for the controversial and groundbreaking dramas Scum, Made in Britain and The Firm, the breadth of Alan Clarke’s radical, political, innovative, inspirational work, along with his influence on generations of filmmakers, such as Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengrass, Andrea Arnold, Harmony Korine, Clio Barnard, Shane Meadows, should see him rightly regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever filmmaking talents.
This long-overdue box set brings together all of the surviving stand-alone BBC TV dramas that Alan Clarke directed between 1969- 1977, including such neglected classics as Horace, Penda’s Fen, Diane and Funny Farm, as well as the infamous Scum, which was banned for 14 years.
Extensive extras include David Leland introductions, extracts from BBC discussion show Tonight, newly-produced documentaries and audio commentaries and the BBC Arena documentary When is a Play Not a Play?
• The Last Train Through Harecastle Tunnel (1969) • Sovereign’s Company (1970) • The Hallelujah Handshake(1970) • To Encourage the Others (1972) • Under the Age (1972) • Horace (1972) • The Love-Girl and the Innocent (1973) • Penda’s Fen (1974) • A Follower for Emily (1974) • Diane (1975) • Funny Farm (1975) • Scum (1977)
• George’s Room (Alan Clarke, 1967, 25 mins): unique colour episode, previously considered partially lost, starring Geraldine Moffatt and John Neville • Alan Clarke at The Questor’s Theatre (stills gallery) • Alan Clarke: Out of His Own Light (Andy Kelleher, 2016, parts 1-6): new multi-part documentary featuring many of Clarke’s collaborators • David Leland introduces To Encourage the Others (1991) • Diane audiocommentary with Janine Duvitski and Richard Kelly (2016) • David Leland introduces Scum (1991) • Tonight: Scum discussion (1978, 11 mins) • Arena: ‘When is a play not a play?’ (1978, 46 mins) • Scum - audio commentary with David Threlfall, Margaret Matheson and Phil Daniels • Illustrated 100-page book with newly commissioned writing and full programme credits