The Treatment of Rape in a TV Drama (The Bounds of Freedom series)


A moderator conducts a hypothetic enquiry in which real journalists make decisions.

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Producer: Granada TV
Year Produced: 1979
Running time: 52 minutes
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Should a television producer show an incident of rape even though it may be disturbing and controversial? Would he regard it as an integral part of the play, or gratuitous titillation? Moderator: Mike Scott, Programme Controller of Granada Television.

Part of an award-winning series The Bounds of Freedom, which uses a technique totally new to television to explore the legal and ethical problems that regularly beset the media. In each of the six programmes, a panel of eminent people from both the media and the legal world is assembled. They are confronted with situations which, although hypothetical, reflect accurately the kind of dilemma which every newspaper editor or television producer has at some time had to deal with.

Keeping the discussion moving at a lively pace is an experienced moderator who tricks, cajoles or browbeats the often reluctant victim into making a commitment to one course of action or another.
Made in 1985 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless.

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