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Description

An evaluation of 'An Inspector Calls' as an expression of J.B. Priestley's socialist principles. The narration focuses on the relevance of the play being set in 1912, a time that represented the exact opposite of what people were hoping for in 1945. Some of the characters in the play and what they represent are looked at. Eva Smith is representative of the working classes and Gerald Croft the aristocracy. These close textual references run alongside primary footage from the period to illustrate the social and political influences behind the play.
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First broadcast:
16 January 2008

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to investigate the central message (or coda) of the play. Students can be divided into small groups so that they can make notes about specific issues raised in the clip eg The Titanic, 1912, the setting, hopes in 1945, bosses, workers, aristocracy, working class, the theatrical production in the clip. Students then swap their own mind-maps with another group. Members of this group try to attach meaning, ideas from the play, quotes, references to events in the play. The process of swapping continues, until students receive their original notes on the clip, but with annotations added by their classmates. Finally, can students collate these notes into a paragraph, about what they think is the central message of the play?