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  • THE ADVENT OF THE TV BLOCKBUSTER by Simon Brown

    As March wore on and the end of term approached, I was preparing a ‘taster’ teaching session for an upcoming post-applicant day. This is an open day for prospective university students who have already applied and been offered a place. The timing of the t
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  • HOW TO WATCH TV - OR NOT by Pat Holland

    No, I’m not planning to write about Goggle Box -although I’m constantly struck by the contrast between the high-pitched engagement of the sofa-sitters (after all it did win the 2014 BAFTA award for ‘constructed factual’ programmes) and the research cond
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  • FINDING TIME FOR TELEVISION by Elke Weissmann

    Cathy Johnson and Karen Boyle’s recent blog posts on Working Ourselves and Others to Death have generated an animated and, in my eyes, helpful debate that has also allowed me to take stock on where some of my colleagues and myself are in terms of our work
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  • BBC'S THE MUSKETEERS: 'PRACTICED POUTS AND COMPLICATED...

    I’ve always enjoyed action-adventure, especially swashbuckling action-adventure. Admittedly, though, when the BBC’s new drama The Musketeers (2014-) began last year I didn’t have high expectations. The BBC’s attempts at entertaining action series have bee
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  • SCHEDULING TELEVISION ON POST-TELEVISION PLATFORMS by Sarah...

    The Royal Television Society Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture recently broadcast on BBC4 and titled ‘Public Service Broadcasting: A House of Cards?’ reflected on the changing landscape of broadcast television in light of developments in digital and internet
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  • THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE 'LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM' by Gary R....

    Award-winning producer-director, Rory Kennedy’s latest documentary, ‘Last Days of Vietnam,’ dramatically recreates the chaotic endgame and resulting moral quandary that accompanied America’s involvement in the Second Indochina War. She and her creative t
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  • REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL? Evaluating the THE 2015 Workplace...

    After my last blog on the academic work culture almost brought the CST site down I was going to resort to less fraught ground today and write about the brilliance of Claudia Winkleman. And then John Ellis shared with me the latest Times Higher 2015 Univer
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  • BROADCASTING TO RESCUE THE INTERNET FOR PUBLIC SERVICE? THE...

    Tony Ageh, the BBC’s one original thinker, spoke at Royal Holloway earlier this week. Those expecting a standard defence of the ‘BBC licence fee’ were in for a shock. He proposed a complete rethinking of the concept for the digital age.
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  • THE PERILS OF SERIES TWO - THE BATTERING OF BROADCHURCH by...

    You have to feel sorry for Broadchurch creator, Chris Chibnall. His ability to hold and manipulate the audience, demonstrated so brilliantly in series 1 of Broadchurch, seems to have deserted him and newspaper and television websites are full of angry vie
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  • TELEVISION REMOVALS by Sean Redmond

    There will be different reasons for why the routine of viewing television will momentarily leave our day-to-day lives. Major rituals and life events may require of us to turn it off, to be somewhere else, or we may consciously decide to have time away fro
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