Pity About the Abbey

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Pity About the Abbey was a 1965 BBC television drama written by Stewart Farrar and John Betjeman, and directed by Ian Curteis.[1] Pity About the Abbey was a 90-minute play written for a strand of programmes titled Londoners.

The play imagined that Westminster Abbey, one of the most significant religious sites in the United Kingdom, was demolished to make way for a by-pass. They play satirised what the two writers saw as the current trend to demolish significant or beautiful structures under the pretext of necessity, for example the Euston Arch. It was recorded for television by the BBC and broadcast on 29 July 1965, and later repeated as part of The Wednesday Play slot in 1966.[2]

The programme still exists.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pity About the Abbey at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Elizabeth Guerra, Writer on a Broomstick (R J Stewart books, 2008), 68.
  3. ^ Londoners: Pity About the Abbey, lostshows.com