The production of television history programming is a rich site for examining the dynamic relationship between history and memory. This article approaches these dynamics through original, empirical research of a specific case study, BBC Wales’ The Story of Wales (Green Bay for BBC Wales, 2012). It analyses the commissioning, production and presentation of a landmark national history programme within the specific context of a small nation (Wales) and provides insights into how television intervenes in the construction, revision and remembering of the national past. The role of national histories in the construction of memory and national identity is important at a time when the legitimacy of nations and states is under question and when governmental and political settlements are under construction as is the case in the post-devolutionary United Kingdom.

BBC, television history, national memory, Story of Wales
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
dx.doi.org/10.18146/2213-0969.2013.jethc038
VIEW Journal
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 2, No 3 (2013); 118-125

Blandford, Steve, & McElroy, Ruth. (2013). Memory, Television and the Making of the BBC’s The Story of Wales. VIEW Journal, 2(3), 118–125. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2013.jethc038