Pygmalion (1948 TV production)

Pygmalion is a 1948 British TV production of the 1913 play by George Bernard Shaw. It was the first time the play was done for television and was the longest production done by the BBC to that time.[1]

Pygmalion
Based onthe play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Produced byRoyston Morley
StarringMargaret Lockwood
Production
company
BBC
Release date
8 February 1948
Running time
150 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

It starred Margaret Lockwood who was under suspension by the Rank Organisation at the time for refusing a film role.[2][3][4]

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

The production was very well received.[5] It was voted best TV production of the year and Lockwood voted Best Actress.[6]

It was Lockwood's first play on TV and she wrote in her memoirs that "I loved every moment of Pygmalion. After the performance I was like a beginner again waiting nervously for the papers, bracing myself to read the criticism. I had not felt this way about notices since I first went on the stage. Thank goodness they were good ones. I was generously praised."[7]

Lockwood later toured with the play on stage.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""PYGMALION" ON TELEVISION". Cairns Post. No. 14, 332. Queensland, Australia. 10 February 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 28 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "FILM NEWS FROM ENGLAND AND AMERICA". The Sun. No. 11, 818 (LATE FINAL EXTRA ed.). Sydney. 11 December 1947. p. 32. Retrieved 28 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "So The British Don't Work Hard Enough!". The Sydney Morning Herald. No. 34, 391. 13 March 1948. p. 5. Retrieved 28 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Vagg, Stephen (29 January 2020). "Why Stars Stop Being Stars: Margaret Lockwood". Filmink.
  5. ^ Conolly, L. W. (2009). Bernard Shaw and the BBC. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442690998.
  6. ^ "FEMININE INTEREST". Warwick Daily News. No. 9124. Queensland. 1 November 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 28 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Lockwood, Margaret (1955). Lucky Star: The Autobiography of Margaret Lockwood. Odhams Press Limited. p. 142.
  8. ^ "Film news horn Hollywood and London". The Sun. No. 13, 035. Sydney. 8 November 1951. p. 37 (LAST RACE). Retrieved 28 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.

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