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As she leaves the shot, screen right, the camera holds on a MS of Ken, the contentious bottle of sauce prominent on the table in front of him. Mrs Barlow continues talking offscreen while the camera holds on Ken, emphasising that he is the centre of attention. After a pause, he announces that he is going out later on. Cut to a MS on Cam A of Mrs Barlow with Ken and his father in the background as she asks Ken if he is meeting a girl. The camera tracks across in front of the table, following her movement as she takes the cup to Mr Barlow.

Furthermore, Pixley’s account of the filming that took place, one month before the live broadcast, mentions ‘some close-ups on the canteen set’ (2003: 52) being filmed on 11 November, the day after the sequence of Winston and Syme queuing in the canteen was filmed. These CUs must have been the shot of the telescreen on which Big Brother’s image appears and the CU of Winston expressing his secret thoughts. The significance of this CU of Winston Smith cannot be underestimated. It is perhaps the single most important shot in the whole drama, the moment when his secret disloyalty to the Party and Big Brother is confirmed, following the expression of hatred towards Big Brother in the previous scene.

Included in this first 20 minutes is a montage of short scenes, mainly shot on film, that are largely dialogue-free, accompanied by trad-jazz music on the soundtrack, separating sound and image while freeing the structure from the constraint of natural time. Live television drama, by its very nature, often unfolded in real time, as we saw in the scenes from Nineteen Eighty-Four and Coronation Street where ‘studio time equals drama-time equals Greenwich Mean Time’. However, in the five years between the first episode of Coronation Street and The Bond, there had been significant developments The Bond (BBC1, 1965) 43 in the technology available to directors, enabling a new style of television drama to emerge that eschewed the naturalism of studio drama.

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