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Television is thought of as a visual medium. But Mr. Burrows doesn’t worry much about appearances. Standing just beyond camera range, he listens, sometimes with his eyes shut, as a scene unfolds.

“My cameras are eyes capturing a play, while I listen to the ‘radio dialogue,’ ” he said.

He also listens intently to the audience response, and if something isn’t working, he will change it.

“You don’t argue with the audience,” he said. “And the words come first. It’s all about the words.”