Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 August 2005

240 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719069338

Bookseller Code (06)


Popular television drama

Critical perspectives

Jonathan Bignell and Stephen Lacey

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A collection of essays examining landmark popular television drama from the last forty years, across the full range of popular genres, from 'Doctor Who' to 'The Office', including science fiction, sitcom, gothic horror and children's drama
  • Provides a fresh look at familiar British programmes (such as 'Dad's Army' and 'The Prisoner'), and reconsiders neglected ones (such as 'The Demon Headmaster' and 'Butterflies')
  • Also addresses high-profile series like 'Queer As Folk', and little-studied recent ones like 'Clocking Off' and 'The Office'
  • Combines a range of approaches, close studies of episodes, work on the ideologies and genres of popular TV drama, new audience research, and a consideration of present and future directions in television drama studies
  • Editors' introductions to each section provide contextual discussion of how the work addresses existing problems, and suggest new directions for study
  • Considers the strengths and weaknesses of the field of TV drama criticism, and offers new lines of inquiry for future work

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