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  • MORK, TALK AND THE ROBIN WILLIAMS OF TELEVISION by Liz...

    When Robin Williams died in August there was an outpouring of grief, disbelief and finally, celebration. While in recent years Williams’ television work may have been overshadowed by his film appearances (including academy award nominations and awards), i
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  • 2015: THE YEAR OF DRAMATIC CHANGES by John Ellis

    Christmas when I was young was enlivened by the appearance of Old Moore’s Almanack, a kind of Private Eye of the year to come with a deliberately retro cover. It contained hundreds of weird predictions, as it does again this year from its new headquarters
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  • REFLECTIONS ON BEING A TRANSNATIONAL SCHOLAR by Simone Knox

    In 2012, Tasha Oren and Sharon Shahaf opened their edited collection on global television formats with the following words: 'With the medium now three quarters of a century old, television studies remains tethered to its historical U.S./U.K. legacy.' Thi
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  • TURKISH NOVELAS IN CHILE; DATELINE SWEDEN by Toby Miller

    Now that I’m moving between part-time academic posts in three countries, I’m lucky, needy, or nerdy enough, to look for, accept, or leap at short-term opportunities. This week I’m a visitor at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden in Nörrkopin
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  • HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, AT LEAST...

    With Christmas being my favourite time of year, I look forward to the supplanting of my post-Halloween blues with the slow build up of festive red, green and gold iconography, images of snowy mountains, shop displays of Christmas cards and faux-wrapped pr
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  • POPPIES AND THE PASSING BELLS: REMEMBERING WWI ON...

    One thing is for sure: World War 1 is not going to disappear from our screens any time soon. It’s there on all channels from CBBBs and BBC3 to ITV and the more specialist Discovery and History channels. The BBC has entered into full public service mode wi
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  • KEEPING IT REAL: SOME GIRLS, RECEPTION AND AUTHENTICITY IN...

    I want to talk about Some Girls. Some Girls is a teen comedy on BBC Three about four 16 year old girls (as they begin the first series) who attend the Greenshoots Academy in South London, all play for the school football team and live on local estates. It
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  • WHY WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT WHO MAKES THE BBC's PROMOTIONAL...

    In July 2014 the BBC announced that it would be ending its exclusive promo production deal with Red Bee Media when the contract runs in December 2015. Since 2005 Red Bee Media have been producing the majority of the BBC’s promotion and marketing content,
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  • PAST TELEVISION MATTERS: HYPERLOCAL MEMORIES OF DENNIS...

    This year has marked the 20th anniversary since the death of an important British television screenwriter, Dennis Potter. The BFI has commemorated Potter and his work through scheduling a complete back catalogue re-screening of his oeuvre with talks and p
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  • IS THIS THE END FOR BBC PRODUCTION? by John Ellis

    Tony Hall has proposed a momentous change as part of his plan to take the BBC through charter renewal after next May’s general election. He has proposed that BBC production should be completely separated from BBC Broadcasting, and should lose its current
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