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  • HAVE A GREAT LONDON WEEKEND - WATCHING TELEVISION IN ONE...

    One of the great pleasures and challenges of conference organisation is putting interesting and complimentary panels together from the abstracts you receive. Planning that you put into this always pays off in the end, looking at each proposal from severa
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  • ALL ABOARD SLOW TV: CAPTURING THE EXPERIENCE OF WALKING ON...

    In April 2013 I walked the Pennine Way – a 268-mile trek from Edale in Derbyshire up the spine of England and into Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. Almost exactly two years later, on 24th April 2015 the Pennine Way reached its 50th anniversary as the first natio
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  • TELEVISION, BIG DATA, AND THE DIGITAL DARK AGE by JP Kelly

    Last week I spent three wonderful and intellectually stimulating days at the Forgotten Television Drama conference; an event that was organised by a number of my colleagues in the department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway. Given the topic of the confere
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  • SOUNDING LONELINESS by Sean Redmond

    Listen. If you listen closely, intensely, you will hear the sounds of loneliness scoring the most profound encounters found on our screens and in their senses. Sounding loneliness is heard in the timbre of the vanquished voice, the rhythmic pattern of ra
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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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