An original treatment of television criticism with a foundational approach to the nature of criticism. It presents new and comprehensive guidelines , and it has a sample critique of the television program Parenthood.
Britain is a nation of correspondents, and few British institutions attract as much praise and criticism as the BBC. In this book, the author gathers together the very best of the unseen letters and telegrams sent over the years. It is categorised by theme - Political bias, Royal Family and more.
This work discusses the varied history of British television drama from its beginnings on the BBC in the 1930s and 40s to its position at the beginning of the 21st century and the multi-channel digital era.
This innovative and timely collection offers a wide-reaching critical evaluation of performance in television, mapping out key conventions, practices and concerns while introducing performance theory and criticism to the established field of television studies.
Reality television is shown worldwide, features people from all walks of life and covers everything from romance to religion. It has not only changed television, but every other area of the media. So why has reality TV become such a huge phenomenon, and what is its future in an age of streaming and social media?
Written with approval of the help of her family and closest friends - including Julie Walters, Dawn French, Celia Imrie and many others - this is the definitive authorised biography of one of Britain's most talented and loved entertainers: Victoria Wood.
After years of research and dozens of candid interviews with actors, writers, directors and producers, journalist David Ryan has produced the first authoritative study of George Orwell on film and television. This unique reference work shows what popular culture has made - and continues to make - of a literary genius whose work has never seemed more relevant.
Celebrating 30 years together, Ant & Dec look back on three decades in the spotlight, with the full behind-the-scenes story and never-before-seen photos of the shows that made them the nation's best loved stars.
'An Introduction to Television Studies' is a comprehensive introduction to the field. It provides resources for thinking about key aspects and introduces institutional, textual, cultural, economic, production and audience-centred ways of looking at television.
Written by a leading expert in the field, this concise text explores the development and the future of public service broadcasting. It thoroughly explains key debates in terms of wider cultural contexts and examines key issues including legislation, funding and digitalisation. This is invaluable reading for all students of media and broadcasting.
Reflects upon changing dramatic forms on television in the context of broad cultural shifts since the mid-1970s. This text analyzes a wide range of series including "Heartbeat", "Middlemarch" and "Our Friends in the North".
This book offers an integrative view on children and television from the accumulated global literature in this field of the last 50 years, drawing on a diverse spectrum of research. combining both the American and European traditions.
Offers a range of perspectives on the complex and multifaceted history of a British commercial broadcaster, this book explores key tensions and conflicts which have influenced the ITV service. It shows that ITV has had to tread an uneasy line between public service and commercial imperatives, and between a pluralistic regional structure.
Examining the decentralization policies and processes that have informed the development of small-scale television programming in the member states of the European Union, this book focuses mainly on the regional level but also refers to the more complex world of urban television.
Genre is central to understanding the industrial context and the visual form of television. This third edition of a key textbook brings together leading international scholars to provide an accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the debates, issues and concerns of television genre.
Like a lot of marriages it ended badly, but for nearly 20 years, between the first date and the inevitable divorce, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were the funniest thing on three continents. This book tells the story of that relationship, and the comedy that came from it.
This book offers a unique and authoritative account of the major developments in television programming and policy since 1976 by collecting in a single volume the MacTaggart lectures delivered at the Edinburgh International Television Festival from 1976 to 2004.
Examines issues of television and cultural identities in the context of globalization. This book explores issues in contemporary cultural studies, such as media, globalization, language, gender, and identity. It is a useful read for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on television and cultural identities in the field of cultural studies.
A guide to the fundamentals underlying television and video systems, it provides an explanation of how the principal pieces of equipment work, what their functions are, and how they are integrated to form a complex video system. It also includes information on compression, television standards, LCD displays, HD, and equipment.
Argues that television stars were central to the growth and development of American broadcasting. They were used not only to promote programs and the sale of advertised consumer goods, but also to establish network identities. This book includes profiles of well-known performers such as Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Jackie Gleason.
Offers an analysis of the four collaborative sitcoms of Jimmy Perry and David Croft, 'Dad's Army', 'It Ain't half Hot, Mum!', 'Hi-de-Hi!' and 'You Rang M'Lord?'. Considers the themes and ideas that run through the series in terms of their representation of class and gender, and in terms of other sitcoms and cultures which produced them.
Fifty Key Television Programmes offers a comprehensive and invaluable account of television from the perspective of the programmes themselves. This book chronicles some of the most fascinating and influential shows and global events ever to hit the small screen.
Examining commercial television in the light of contemporary culture, literary and cinematic criticism, this book addresses the place of semiotics, narrative theory, reception theory, ideological analysis, psychoanalysis, and others in the critical analysis of television.
A classic study of the workings of the Hollywood television industry. The reader is taken behind the scenes to see how shows get their air time and how they are shaped by the political and cultural climate of the time.
Drawing on real-life experiences, this guide presents everything needed to study, create and maintain a successful freelancing career in the world of television and radio, including, for the first time, how to submit programme proposals.
Television is unique in its ability to produce so much pleasure for such a wide variety of people. This book looks at television's role as an agent of popular culture, and goes on to consider the relationship between this cultural dimension and television's status as a commodity of the cultural industries that are deeply inscribed with capitalism.
A unique and overdue insight and study into how the landscape, institutions and collective memory has influenced the representation of the past on British television from 1946 to the present day, promoting a very singular view of what it means to be British.