An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

One of J. B. Priestley’s best known works for stage, An Inspector Calls, is a classic of mid-20th century English theatre. These four programmes study key aspects of the play.

  • Library: Secondary
  • Audience: GCSE: English Literature
  • Rating: U
  • Subject: English
  • Release Date: February 2017

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Context and Background

Context and Background

Set in 1912, the play unfolds during turbulent times in Britain as workers formed unions, and demanded better wages and conditions. This programme explores class divisions at the time, as well as the context of the play’s first London performance in 1945. The story is told by a presenter and scene re-enactments – an ideal resource for GSCE and middle secondary level students of English and Literature.

GCSE: English Literature

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Inspector Goole

Inspector Goole

Inspector Goole, an impressively authoritative and purposeful figure, is the focus of this programme. We also examine the way Priestley reveals the key character, who takes on a role more akin to that of a judge than an investigating officer. With content delivered via a presenter, and through scene re-enactments, it is a valuable resource for GSCE and middle secondary level students of English and Literature.

GCSE: English Literature

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Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

This programme explores how Priestley conveys his beliefs about community and social responsibility in the play. Driven simply to look after their own interests, each member of the upper-crust Birling family are shown by Inspector Goole to have contributed to the demise of Eva Smith through their own selfishness. Featuring a presenter and re-enactments, it’s an ideal resource for GCSE and middle secondary level Literature students.

GCSE: English Literature

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Dramatic Style

Dramatic Style

In this programme, we examine the devices and dramatic styles Priestley employs to influence the audience’s response to the play’s characters and events – including genre, structure, suspense, speech, melodrama and dramatic irony. Combining a presenter and re-enactments of various scenes, this is an excellent resource for GCSE and middle secondary level students of English, Literature and Drama.

GCSE: English Literature

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The Characters of An Inspector Calls

The Characters of An Inspector Calls

Join Inspector Goole as he arrives to meet with the Birlings, characters in JB Priestley’s classic stage play, An Inspector Calls. This 360 video experience takes you inside the Birlings’ home where you'll meet each of the characters and explore their fears and desires.

GCSE: English Literature

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