Samuel Beckett and Television

Célia Berettini


This article focuses on the plays and adaptation written for television 
by Beckett, having already explored radio and even cinema, in addition to his works for theatre and texts in prose. With his stated preference for visual language and his obsession with minimalism, nothing better than television; besides, without words, he was able to give an original treatment to subjects previously covered: unhappy love, time, death and loneliness, often through melancholic recollection. He was thus an inventor of “a totally new genre”: “visual poems or without words”, some with music, as Martin Esslin classified these small masterpieces.


Samuel Beckett; Plays; Television.

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Beckett, Samuel. Eh Joe. In Comédie et actes divers – translated by Beckett into French: Dis Joe. Paris: Editions de Minuit, 1972. 81-91.

____. Film. In Comédie et actes divers. 113-134.

____. Quad et autres pieces pour la television followed by L’Epuisé de Gilles Delenze. Paris: Editions de Minuit, 1992. Includes: Quad (8-15); Trio du Fântome (18-36); ... que nuages (38-48); Nacht und Träume (50-54).

____. Catastrophe et autres dramaticules. Paris: Editions de Minuit, 1986. Includes: Quoi Où. 85- 98.

____. Proust and 3 dialogues with Georges Duthuit. London: John Calder, 1965.

Knowlson, J. Damned to Fame. The Life of Samuel Beckett. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.

Revue d’Esthétique – Samuel Beckett. Toulouse: Privat, 1986.



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