Dramarama (TV Series)
Dramarama is the name of a British children's' anthology series broadcast on ITV between 1983 and 1989. It tended to feature drama of a science fiction or supernatural bent. The programme was administered by Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle, who had a track-record for organising cross-franchise series for the ITV network. The programme split production responsibilities amongst most of the regional ITV franchise holders. Thus, each episode was in practice a one-off production with its own cast and crew, up to and including the executive producer.
Dramarama was largely a place for new talent to prove themselves, but sometimes was a place that veteran artists could alight. The series was an early credit for writers Anthony Horowitz, Paul Abbott, Kay Mellor, Janice Hally and Ann Marie Di Mambro, but the last place Dennis Spooner sold a script.
One of Dramarama's episodes, Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest, gained so much popularity that it was turned in to its own series the following year. It starred Lee Ross and was based around a large foster home. The episode Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night was developed into the TV series Children's Ward.
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