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?
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.
'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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kristina Rihanoff's absorbing tale, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, is one of courage and honesty; Whilst she may not light up the Strictly Come Dancing tiles forever, she will keep dancing with a song in her heart.
Having driven into the sunset in the final episode of Channel 4's The Hotel, Mark Jenkins is back doing what he does best - entertaining the nation. His unique take on life, affable charm, and woefully naive exploits are all captured with great comedic effect in this, his first book.
Analysing more than 200 movies and TV shows, this book examines the careers of male performers whose teenage roles made them famous, and also discusses examples of lesbian desire. It is a useful read for academics working in cultural and gay studies, and also for those with an interest in popular culture.
Offers a comprehensive introduction to the subject of television studies. This book offers an insight into how television is produced, broadcast, controlled, consumed and critically examined. It is useful to those studying television and the media. Fully illustrated - it includes selected reading guides and bibliographies.
Their names are Walter White, Birgitte Nyborg and Don Draper and they are the stars of a cultural revolution. Alongside a wealth of stills, this overview of the TV revolution presents a series of recent years from the masterpiece Twin Peaks to highlights like Game of Thrones, Girls and House of Cards.
A critical history of the first six decades of the television era traces television's evolution from an immobile piece of furniture with limited sponsored programming to a diverse, on-demand content provider.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, shows such as The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence and existential boredom. This book features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase and James Gandolfini.
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.
Television, Audiences and Everyday Life draws on an extensive body of audience research to get behind this seemingly simple activity. Written in a clear and accessible style, key audience studies are presented in ways that illuminate critical debates and concepts in cultural and media studies.