Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2013

232 Pages | 7 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719088490

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Entertaining Television

The BBC and Popular Television Culture in the 1950s

Su Holmes

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Entertaining Television makes a seminal contribution to British television history by focusing on the 'beginnings' of popular generic forms, such as the soap opera, the quiz/ game show and the 'problem' show
  • Rather than painting the BBC as staid, elitist and paternalistic, Holmes demonstrates how BBC television played an important role in developing these popular generic forms
  • We tend to assume that the debates circulating around (for example) talk shows and Reality TV are somehow 'new'
  • Entertaining television offers convincing evidence that this is not the case
  • Many of the controversies surrounding 1950s BBC TV, ranging across 'ordinary' people as television performers to television's treatment of celebrities, now seem highly familiar today
  • The book produces new knowledge about early television programming in Britain, while enabling greater comparison with the American context

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