In his article about the relationship 'twixt theatre and television, it would have been good if Mark Lawson had mentioned the Whitehall farces and their significant postwar contribution (TV and theatre should separate and end this glorified casting couch, 31 March). The BBC, too, in their retrospective views of the first 75 years of television, seem to have had a similar loss of memory. Could it be that Lawson and the BBC dismiss as irrelevant such blatantly populist offerings? Or that the BBC researchers are so young they believe their grandparents were unsophisticated simpletons, prepared to laugh at farces with no bad language, no obscene allusions and no nudity, except for the occasional dropping of trousers?
Lawson writes: "The first TV play broadcast was a Pirandello script, and subsequently the BBC and ITV would sometimes screen part of a