An idea is born and discussed. A date is fixed, transmission time allotted.
At the weekly General Programme Conference held at Alexandra Palace every aspect of a production – time, costs, space, studio details – are arranged many weeks ahead.
Here the heads of departments plan all the ramifications of OTHELLO, under the chairmanship of Mr. cecil mcgivern (facing camera, centre), head of television programmes.
The complete cast meet for a first general reading. The producer is in the centre, with his leading man on his right, and models of the sets in front of him.
The Producer, his assistant, the Studio Manager, the Lighting Engineer, and other production staff use these scale models to work out detail in the early stages.
Rehearsal. The Cameraman, the Producer and Othello discuss an awkward camera angle.
…OTHELLO is on the air.
Cassio greets Emilia and Iago replies…
‘Sir, would she give you so much of her lips,
As of her tongue she oft bestows on me,
You’ld have enough…’
Desdemona pleads with the Duke to let her accompany Othello to Cyprus.
…’That I did love the Moor to live with him,
My downright violence and scorn of fortunes
May trumpet to the world: my heart’s subdu’d
Even to the very quality of my lord…’
The Final Scene: ‘…O lady, speak again!
Sweet Desdemona, O sweet mistress, speak!’