John Wyver

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John Wyver is a writer and media producer. He is a historian of television with a particular interest in broadcasting, film and the arts, and he is currently Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded research project Screen Plays (2011-15).

His work as a producer and director has been honoured with a BAFTA, an International Emmy and a Peabody Award. In 1982 he co-founded the production company Illuminations, which was one of the earliest British independents, and he continues to run the company. He has made numerous documentaries about the arts and about digital culture. He was Series Editor for the influential BBC2 series The Net (1993-97) which pioneered tie-ups between broadcasting and online systems. He was also Series Editor for Tx. (1993-98), an award-winning series of innovative arts documentaries.

John Wyver has produced a series of notable performance films for television, including Richard II (1997) with Fiona Shaw; Gloriana - A Film (1999), directed by Phyllida Lloyd; Macbeth (2000), with Antony Sher and Harriet Walter; Hamlet (2008), made with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with David Tennant as the prince; Macbeth (2009) with Patrick Stewart, directed by Rupert Goold; and the RSC's Julius Caesar (2012), directed by Gregory Doran. In 2013 he produced the RSC's first live-to-cinema broadcast, which brought Gregory Doran's production of Richard II with David Tennant to more than 370 UK cinemas and which was also seen in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently Media Associate with the RSC developing their future policy for broadcasting and digital distribution.

Current research interests:

  • Theatre plays on British television
  • History of documentaries about the arts
  • Early television programming in Britain, 1930-1953

2018

Hamlet (2018)
Wyver, J., others 2018. Hamlet. London

2017

Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy (2017)
Wyver, J. and , others 2017. Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy. London

2013

RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon (2013)
Wyver, J. 2013. RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford-upon-Avon

2012

Julius Caesar (2012)
Wyver, J. 2012. Julius Caesar.

2010

Art of faith (2010)
Wyver, J. and McCarthy, J. 2010. Art of faith.
Macbeth (2010)
Wyver, J. and Grant, S. 2010. Macbeth.

2009

Hamlet (2009)
Wyver, J. and Grant, S. 2009. Hamlet.

2008

The eternity man (2008)
Wyver, J., Blight, R. and Fleetwood, A. 2008. The eternity man.
Spider in the city: la machine in Liverpool (2008)
Wyver, J. 2008. Spider in the city: la machine in Liverpool.
Art of faith (2008)
Wyver, J. 2008. Art of faith.

2005

The art of Henry Moore (2005)
Wyver, J. 2005. The art of Henry Moore.

2002

theEYE (2002)
Wyver, J. 2002. theEYE.

2001

Macbeth (2001)
Wyver, J. and Grant, S. 2001. Macbeth.

2018

The RSC on Screen: Film and Television Adaptations of RSC Productions (2018)
Wyver, J. 2018. The RSC on Screen: Film and Television Adaptations of RSC Productions. London Bloomsbury.
Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television (2018)
Wyver, J., Wrigley, A. (ed.) 2018. Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television. Manchester Manchester University Press.

2007

Vision on: film, television and the arts in Britain (2007)
Wyver, J. ten Brink, J. (ed.) 2007. Vision on: film, television and the arts in Britain. London, UK Wallflower Press.

2018

The road to Civilisation: early television journeys to Greece (2018)
Wyver, J. 2018. The road to Civilisation: early television journeys to Greece. in: Hobden, F. and Wrigley, A. (ed.) Ancient Greece on British Television Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

2017

Scenes from Cymbeline and the language of the early television studio (2017)
Wyver, J. 2017. Scenes from Cymbeline and the language of the early television studio. in: Hatchuel, D. and Vienne-Guerrin, N. (ed.) Shakespeare on Screen: The Tempest and Late Romances Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 56-70

2016

An Intimate and Intermedial Form: Early Television Shakespeare from the BBC, 1937-39 (2016)
Wyver, J. 2016. An Intimate and Intermedial Form: Early Television Shakespeare from the BBC, 1937-39. in: Shakespeare Survey 69: Shakespeare and Rome Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 347-360
‘A profound commentary on kingship’: the monarchy and Shakespeare’s Histories on television 1957-65 (2016)
Wyver, J. 2016. ‘A profound commentary on kingship’: the monarchy and Shakespeare’s Histories on television 1957-65 . in: Morra, I. and Gossedge, R. (ed.) The New Elizabethan Age: Culture, Society and National Identity after World War II London I.B. Tauris. pp. 267-288

2014

Television (2014)
Wyver, J. 2014. Television. in: Stephens, C. and Stonard, J.-P. (ed.) Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation London Tate Publishing. pp. 123-32

2009

Tv against TV: video art on television (2009)
Wyver, J. 2009. Tv against TV: video art on television. in: Comer, S. (ed.) Film and video art London Tate Publishing.

2007

Conceiving ShapeShifting TV: a computational language for truly-interactive TV (2007)
Ursu, M.F., Cook, J.J., Zsombori, V., Zimmer, R., Kegel, I., Williams, D., Thomas, M., Wyver, J. and Mayer, H. 2007. Conceiving ShapeShifting TV: a computational language for truly-interactive TV. in: Cesar, P., Chorianopoulos, K. and Jensen, J.F. (ed.) Interactive TV: a shared experience Berlin Springer.
TV against TV: video art on television ()
Wyver, J. TV against TV: video art on television. in: Comer, S. (ed.) Film and Video Art London Tate Publishing.

2017

Exploring the lost television and technique of Fred O'Donovan (2017)
Wyver, J. 2017. Exploring the lost television and technique of Fred O'Donovan. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 37 (1), pp. 5-23.

2015

The filmic fugue of Ken Russell’s Pop Goes the Easel (2015)
Wyver, J. 2015. The filmic fugue of Ken Russell’s Pop Goes the Easel. Journal of British Cinema and Television. 12 (4), pp. 438-451.
Television and the Anti-Realist Theatricality of "not Shakespeare" (2015)
Wyver, J. 2015. Television and the Anti-Realist Theatricality of "not Shakespeare". Shakespeare Bulletin. 33 (4), pp. 543-568.
Screening the RSC stage: the 2014 Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema broadcasts (2015)
Wyver, J. 2015. Screening the RSC stage: the 2014 Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema broadcasts. Shakespeare. 11 (3), pp. 286-302.

2014

'All the trimmings'? The transfer of theatre to television in adaptations of Shakespeare stagings (2014)
Wyver, J. 2014. 'All the trimmings'? The transfer of theatre to television in adaptations of Shakespeare stagings. Adaptation. 7 (2), pp. 104-120.
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance and the politics of possibility in two television adaptations (2014)
Wyver, J. 2014. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance and the politics of possibility in two television adaptations. Critical Studies in Television. 9 (3), pp. 89-99.

2012

Dallas Bower: a producer for television's early years, 1936-39 (2012)
Wyver, J. 2012. Dallas Bower: a producer for television's early years, 1936-39. Journal of British Cinema and Television. 9 (1), pp. 26-39.
Screen play: theatre plays on British television (2012)
Wyver, J. and Wrigley, A. 2012. Screen play: theatre plays on British television. Viewfinder: Moving Image and Sound, Knowledge and Access. 86.

2009

Interactive documentaries: a golden age (2009)
Ursu, M.F., Zsombori, V., Wyver, J., Conrad, L., Kegel, I. and Williams, D. 2009. Interactive documentaries: a golden age. Computers in Entertainment. 7 (3).

2008

ShapeShifting TV: interactive screen media narratives (2008)
Ursu, M.F., Kegel, I., Williams, D., Thomas, M., Mayer, H., Zsombori, V., Tuomola, M.L., Larsson, H. and Wyver, J. 2008. ShapeShifting TV: interactive screen media narratives. Multimedia Systems. 4 (2), pp. 115-132.
ShapeShifting TV: interactive screen media narratives (2008)
Ursu, M.F., Kegel, I.C., Williams, D., Thomas, M., Mayer, H., Zsombori, V., Tuomola, M.L., Larsson, H. and Wyver, J. 2008. ShapeShifting TV: interactive screen media narratives. Multimedia Systems. 4 (2), pp. 115-132.

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