Six and 'Five More' : Experiments in Filmed Drama for BBC2. / Cooke, Lezlie.

In: Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol. 14, No. 3, 07.2017, p. 298-323.

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Six and 'Five More' : Experiments in Filmed Drama for BBC2. / Cooke, Lezlie.

In: Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol. 14, No. 3, 07.2017, p. 298-323.

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Cooke, L 2017, 'Six and 'Five More': Experiments in Filmed Drama for BBC2', Journal of British Cinema and Television, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 298-323. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2017.0375

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Cooke L. Six and 'Five More': Experiments in Filmed Drama for BBC2. Journal of British Cinema and Television. 2017 Jul;14(3):298-323. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2017.0375

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Cooke, Lezlie. / Six and 'Five More' : Experiments in Filmed Drama for BBC2. In: Journal of British Cinema and Television. 2017 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 298-323.

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