Contemporary British Television Drama

Contemporary British Television Drama

This book analyses eight of these dramas - Spooks, Foyle's War, Hustle, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Broadchurch - which have all proved popular with audiences and in their different ways represent the thematic ...

Author: James Chapman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350152496

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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The early twenty-first century has seen the emergence of a new style of television drama in Britain that adopts the professional practices and production values of high-end American television while remaining emphatically 'British' in content and outlook. This book analyses eight of these dramas - Spooks, Foyle's War, Hustle, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Broadchurch - which have all proved popular with audiences and in their different ways represent the thematic and formal paradigms of post-millennial drama. James Chapman locates new British drama in its institutional and economic contexts, considers their critical and popular reception, and analyses their social politics in relation to their representations of class, gender and nationhood. He demonstrates how contemporary drama has mobilised both new and residual elements in re-configuring genres such as the spy series, cop show and costume drama for the cultural tastes of modern audiences. And it concludes that television drama has played an integral role in both the economic and the cultural export of 'Britishness'.
Categories: Performing Arts

Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain

Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain

This collection is a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary British television drama and its representations of social class.

Author: David Forrest

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137555069

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 271

View: 373

This collection is a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary British television drama and its representations of social class. Through early studio-set plays, soap operas and period drama, the volume demonstrates how class provides a bridge across multiple genres and traditions of television drama. The authors trace this thematic emphasis into the present day, offering fascinating new insights into the national conversation around class and identity in Britain today. The chapters engage with a range of topics including authorial explorations of Stephen Poliakoff and Jimmy McGovern, case studies of television performers Maxine Peake and Jimmy Nail, and discussions of the sitcom genre and animation form. This book offers new perspectives on popular British television shows such as Goodnight Sweetheart and Footballers’ Wives, and analysis of more recent series such as Peaky Blinders and This is England.
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary British Television Crime Drama

Contemporary British Television Crime Drama

In examining the appeal of this highly dynamic genre, this volume explores how it responds not only to changing social debates on crime and policing, but also to processes of hybridization within the television industry itself.

Author: Ruth McElroy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317160960

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

View: 683

Contemporary British Television Crime Drama examines one of the medium’s most popular genres and places it within its historical and industrial context. The television crime drama has proved itself capable of numerous generic reinventions and continues to enjoy some of the highest viewing figures. Crime drama offers audiences stories of right and wrong, moral authority asserted and resisted, and professionals and criminals, doing so in ways that are often highly entertaining, innovative, and thought provoking. In examining the appeal of this highly dynamic genre, this volume explores how it responds not only to changing social debates on crime and policing, but also to processes of hybridization within the television industry itself. Contributors, many of whom are leading figures in UK television studies, analyse popular series such as Broadchurch, Between the Lines, Foyle’s War, Poirot, Prime Suspect, Sherlock and Wallander. Essays examine the main characteristics of television crime drama production, including the nature of trans-Atlantic franchises and literary and transnational adaptations. Adopting a range of feminist, historical, aesthetic and industrial approaches, they offer incisive interrogations that provide readers with a rich understanding of the allure of crime drama to both viewers and commissioners.
Categories: Social Science

Heroes in Contemporary British Culture

Heroes in Contemporary British Culture

This book explores how British culture is negotiating heroes and heroisms in the twenty-first century.

Author: Barbara Korte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000382693

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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This book explores how British culture is negotiating heroes and heroisms in the twenty-first century. It posits a nexus between the heroic and the state of the nation and explores this idea through British television drama. Drawing on case studies including programmes such as The Last Kingdom, Spooks, Luther and Merlin, the book explores the aesthetic strategies of heroisation in television drama and contextualises the programmes within British public discourses at the time of their production, original broadcasting and first reception. British television drama is a cultural forum in which contemporary Britain’s problems, wishes and cultural values are revealed and debated. By revealing the tensions in contemporary notions of heroes and heroisms, television drama employs the heroic as a lens through which to scrutinise contemporary British society and its responses to crisis and change. Looking back on the development of heroic representations in British television drama over the last twenty years, this book’s analyses show how heroisation in television drama reacts to, and reveals shifts in, British structures of feeling in a time marked by insecurity. The book is ideal for readers interested in British cultural studies, studies of the heroic and popular culture.
Categories: Social Science

Heroes in Contemporary British Culture

Heroes in Contemporary British Culture

This book explores how British culture is negotiating heroes and heroisms in the twenty-first century.

Author: Barbara Korte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0367653664

Category:

Page: 184

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This book explores how British culture is negotiating heroes and heroisms in the twenty-first century. It posits a nexus between the heroic and the state of the nation and explores this idea through British television drama. Drawing on case studies including programmes such as The Last Kingdom, Spooks, Luther and Merlin, the book explores the aesthetic strategies of heroisation in television drama and contextualises the programmes within British public discourses at the time of their production, original broadcasting and first reception. British television drama is a cultural forum in which contemporary Britain's problems, wishes and cultural values are revealed and debated. By revealing the tensions in contemporary notions of heroes and heroisms, television drama employs the heroic as a lens through which to scrutinise contemporary British society and its responses to crisis and change. Looking back on the development of heroic representations in British television drama over the last twenty years, this book's analyses show how heroisation in television drama reacts to, and reveals shifts in, British structures of feeling in a time marked by insecurity. The book is ideal for readers interested in British Cultural Studies, studies of the heroic and popular culture.
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British Television Drama

British Television Drama

Featuring leading scholars of British television drama and noted writers and producers from the television industry, this new edition of British Television Drama evaluates past and present TV fiction since the 1960s, and considers its ...

Author: J. Bignell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137327581

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 769

Featuring leading scholars of British television drama and noted writers and producers from the television industry, this new edition of British Television Drama evaluates past and present TV fiction since the 1960s, and considers its likely future.
Categories: Social Science

Producing British Television Drama

Producing British Television Drama

This book presents a compelling case for a paradigmatic shift in the analysis of television drama production that recentres questions of power, control and sustainability.

Author: Ruth McElroy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137578754

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

View: 652

This book presents a compelling case for a paradigmatic shift in the analysis of television drama production that recentres questions of power, control and sustainability. Television drama production has become an increasingly lucrative global export business as drama as a form enjoys increased prestige. However, this book argues that the growing emphasis on international markets and global players such as Netflix and Amazon Prime neglects the realities of commissioning and making television drama in specific national and regional contexts. Drawing on extensive empirical research, Producing British Television Drama demonstrates the centrality of public service broadcasters in serving audiences and sustaining the commercial independent sector in a digital age. It attends closely to three elements—the role of place in the production of content; the experiences of those working in the sector; and the interventions from cultural intermediaries in articulating and ascribing value to television drama. With chapters examining the evolution of British TV drama, as well as what might be in store in its future, this book offers invaluable insights into the UK as a major supplier of and market for television drama.
Categories: Performing Arts

Paranoid visions

Paranoid visions

This book will be an invaluable resource for television scholars interested in a new perspective on the history of television drama and intelligence scholars seeking an analysis of the popular representation of espionage with a strong ...

Author: Joseph Oldham

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526116147

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 295

Paranoid visions explores the history of the spy and conspiracy genres on British television, from 1960s Cold War series through 1980s conspiracy dramas to contemporary ‘war on terror’ thrillers. It analyses classic dramas including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Edge of Darkness, A Very British Coup and Spooks. This book will be an invaluable resource for television scholars interested in a new perspective on the history of television drama and intelligence scholars seeking an analysis of the popular representation of espionage with a strong political focus, as well as fans of cult British television and general readers interested in British cultural history.
Categories: Performing Arts

British Television Drama

British Television Drama

market-led television industry of the 1990s was a completely different beast to that of the 1960s, when there was more ... can be seen when comparing the ASL in the first episode with that of other contemporary British television drama.

Author: Lez Cooke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781844578962

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 177

This widely-respected history of British television drama is an indispensable guide to the significant developments in the area; from its beginnings on the BBC in the 1930s and 40s to its position in the twenty-first century, as television enters a multichannel digital era. Embracing the complete spectrum of television drama, Lez Cooke places programmes in their social, political and industrial contexts, and surveys the key dramas, writers, producers and directors. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition includes new images and case studies, new material on British television drama before 1936, an expanded bibliography and a substantial new chapter that explores the renaissance in the quality, variety and social ambition of television drama in Britain since 2002. Comprehensive and accessible, this book will be of value to anyone interested in the rich history of British television and modern drama.
Categories: Performing Arts

British Television Drama

British Television Drama

At ABC Newman had encouraged new writers to write topical realistic drama about contemporary Britain , but confined within the television studio . Studio TV drama had been largely shaped by a theatrical tradition , whose influence still ...

Author: British Television Drama

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 0521293847

Category: Drama

Page: 276

View: 966

Categories: Drama

Transatlantic Television Drama

Transatlantic Television Drama

"This collection explores the current wave of US/UK television dramas, focusing on industry strategies, performance styles, issues of 'quality,' and audience receptions.

Author: Matt Hills

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190663124

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 592

"This collection explores the current wave of US/UK television dramas, focusing on industry strategies, performance styles, issues of 'quality,' and audience receptions. It covers key programs including Black Mirror, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Sherlock. Issues of national identity, streaming services, and transnational fan cultures are all explored"
Categories: Performing Arts

Style in British Television Drama

Style in British Television Drama

This Life (BBC2, 1996–97) formed part of a 'new wave' of British television drama that emerged in the mid1990s.1 One of ... been reared ontheslowernarrative paceof studio dramaand which demanded different representations of contemporary ...

Author: L. Cooke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137265920

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

View: 913

This pioneering book provides detailed analysis of scenes from nine British television dramas produced between 1954 and 2001. Taking dinner table scenes as a recurring motif, the study analyses changes in televisual style with reference to production practices, technology, aesthetic preferences, and social and institutional change.
Categories: Performing Arts

Popular Television Drama

Popular Television Drama

This collection of essays examines landmark British television programs of the last forty years, from Doctor Who to The Office, and from The Demon Headmaster to Queer As Folk.

Author: Jonathan Bignell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719069335

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

View: 310

This collection of essays examines landmark British television programs of the last forty years, from Doctor Who to The Office, and from The Demon Headmaster to Queer As Folk. Contributions from prominent academics focus on the full range of popular genres, from sitcoms to science fiction, gothic horror and children's drama, and reconsider how British television drama can be analyzed. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in many academic disciplines that study television drama.
Categories: Performing Arts

Upstairs and Downstairs

Upstairs and Downstairs

This collection addresses the social and political contexts that have shaped the British TV costume drama as well as the changing historical contexts in which such programs are viewed again and again (in syndication, on DVD, youtube, etc.) ...

Author: James Leggott

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442244832

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

View: 192

This collection addresses the social and political contexts that have shaped the British TV costume drama as well as the changing historical contexts in which such programs are viewed again and again (in syndication, on DVD, youtube, etc.) and are reinterpreted by a thriving twenty-first-century global fan culture.
Categories: Performing Arts

British Television Drama in the 1980s

British Television Drama in the 1980s

The Political Geography of Contemporary Britain ( London , 1989 ) , 92. Key economic indicators for the period 1973-81 give a clear economic picture : manufacturing output fell by 22 % , productivity growth ceased , pre - tax corporate ...

Author: George W. Brandt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521427231

Category: Drama

Page: 283

View: 898

On British television drama in the 1980's
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British Television Drama

British Television Drama

Nelson, R., TV Drama in Transition: Forms, Values and Cultural Change (London: Macmillan, 1997). —— State of Play: Contemporary 'High End' TV Drama (Manchester University Press, 2007). Newcomb, H., TV: The Most Popular Art (New York: ...

Author: J. Bignell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137327581

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 313

Featuring leading scholars of British television drama and noted writers and producers from the television industry, this new edition of British Television Drama evaluates past and present TV fiction since the 1960s, and considers its likely future.
Categories: Social Science

Contemporary British Theatre

Contemporary British Theatre

V Drama, in a multitude of forms, thus plays an important part in the output of British television. The cost of television drama is very high compared to that of radio drama, but is still less than the production cost of a feature film.

Author: Theodore Shank

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349230785

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 243

View: 460

Contemporary British Theatre surveys the complex and dynamic theatre of the eighties and early nineties reflecting a country that is multicultural, multiethnic and multinational. The contributors - artists, scholars and critics - offer insights into the unique forms of theatre performance devised to express the tensions and pressures of our time. For the paperback edition a new preface has been written, including several updating pieces from individual contributors.
Categories: Performing Arts

State of play

State of play

Robin Nelson's State of play up-dates and develops the arguments of his influential TV Drama In Transition (1997).

Author: Robin Nelson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781847796479

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Robin Nelson's State of play up-dates and develops the arguments of his influential TV Drama In Transition (1997). It is equally distinctive in setting analusis of the aesethetics and compositional principles of texts within a broad conceptual framework (technologies, institutions, economics, cultural trends). Tracing "the great value shift from conduit to content" (Todreas, 1999), Nelson is relatively optimistic about the future quality of TV Drama in a global market-place. But, characteristically taking up questions of worth where others have avoided them, Nelson recognizes that certain types of "quality" are privileged for viewers able to pay, possibly at the expense of viewer preference worldwide for "local" resonances in television. The mix of arts and cultural studies methodologies makes for an unusual and insightful approach.
Categories: Performing Arts

Television for Women

Television for Women

This chapter contributes to that project by examining the gendered production contexts out of which some of the most popular contemporary British television drama has emerged. By drawing together analysis of the production and writing ...

Author: Rachel Moseley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317428473

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

View: 238

Television for Women brings together emerging and established scholars to reconsider the question of ‘television for women’. In the context of the 2000s, when the potential meanings of both terms have expanded and changed so significantly, in what ways might the concept of programming, addressed explicitly to a group identified by gender still matter? The essays in this collection take the existing scholarship in this field in significant new directions. They expand its reach in terms of territory (looking beyond, for example, the paradigmatic Anglo-American axis) and also historical span. Additionally, whilst the influential methodological formation of production, text and audience is still visible here, the new research in Television for Women frequently reconfigures that relationship. The topics included here are far-reaching; from television as material culture at the British exhibition in the first half of the twentieth century, women’s roles in television production past and present, to popular 1960s television such as The Liver Birds and, in the twenty-first century, highly successful programmes including Orange is the New Black, Call the Midwife, One Born Every Minute and Wanted Down Under. This book presents ground-breaking research on historical and contemporary relationships between women and television around the world and is an ideal resource for students of television, media and gender studies.
Categories: Social Science

Danish Television Drama

Danish Television Drama

The Rise of Bilingual Families on Broadcast Television. ... Roscoe Lecture. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/ speeches/2017/tony-hall-roscoe. ... In Contemporary British Television Crime Drama: Cops on the Box, ed.

Author: Anne Marit Waade

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030407988

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 261

View: 230

This book explores how to understand the international appeal of Danish television drama and Nordic Noir in the 2010s. Focusing on production and distribution as well as the series and their reception, the chapters analyse how this small nation production culture was suddenly regarded as an example of best practice in the international television industries, and how the distribution and branding of particular series – such as Forbrydelsen/The Killing, Borgen and Bron/The Bridge – led to dedicated audiences around the world. Discussing issues such as cultural proximity, transnationalism and glocalisation, the chapters investigate the complex interplays between the national and international in the television industries and the global lessons learned from the way in which screen ideas, production frameworks and public service content from Denmark suddenly managed to travel widely. The book builds on extensive empirical material and case studies conducted as part of the transnational research project ‘What Makes Danish Television Drama Travel?’
Categories: Performing Arts