CST blog

  • HMMMM HANNIBAL ... by Stacey Abbott

    In deciding what to blog about this week, I was met by a confluence of events. I have recently visited Florence for the first time and in addition to the city’s beautiful architecture and wondrous history of Renaissance art, I was confronted by a series
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  • THE NEW BLACK: TATIANA MASLANY AND TV ACTING by Lorna Jowett

    Canadian TV series Orphan Black (2013-) recently reached the end of its second season. The series airs on Space in Canada, BBC America in the US and BBC Three in the UK, as well as in other countries, and has been a flagship show for all three named netwo
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  • WHEN SUPERNATURAL GOES TO HELL by Simon Brown

    The UK broadcast of Supernatural has gone all to hell. I, like many others, was deeply disappointed by the news that Sky Living will not be showing season nine, which has just completed its broadcast in the US on the CW. At the time of writing there are r
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  • AGENTS OF SHIELD: AGENCY, INSTITUTIONS AND TRANSMEDIA...

    Over the last few years I have been loosely following the unfolding project known as the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ (beginning with Iron Man, 2008) with a degree of interest, albeit that of a cinema-going layperson with little knowledge of comics or supe
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  • HOW FAR CAN YOU GO? by Geoff Lealand

    As the US trade journal Hollywood Reporter in April 2014 described it, ‘A dubious idea turns into a shockingly great one’. The idea, generated by American TV writer Noah Hawley, was to turn the Coen Brother’s great 1996 feature film Fargo into a televi
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  • IS THE RISE OF THE MEGA INDIE THE END FOR PUBLIC SERVICE...

    The face of independent TV production in the UK has changed irrevocably. 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management together have taken over Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media and will transform them into the world’s first mega-indie. According to Bro
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  • ZOMBIES . . . ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE: THE RISE OF ZOMBIE TV by...

    Television has long been accused of creating zombies….breeding an audience that sits transfixed in front of their TV screens, hypnotized by the presumed-to-be mind-numbing qualities of this ‘mindless’ entertainment. This idea continues to haunt popular c
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  • DEAR SAJID JAVID by Toby Miller

    Please accept this column as my application to become the next Chair of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Trust. I know the monarch ultimately makes such decisions, but between you and me, I believe you have a part to play.
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  • FOR THE LOVE OF 'FOR THE LOVE OF CARS' by Simon Brown

    I first became interested in cars when I was four. That year my father got his first company car, an Austin Maxi. I can’t remember too much about it but it was brown inside and out (it was the 1970s after all), had leather seats which I stuck to in hot we
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  • MAKING TELEVISION STRANGE by Christine Geraghty

    I thought this time I would take a moment to reflect on some of the ideas generated by three recent CST blogs: TEACHING TELEVISION: WHERE DO I START? by Elke Weissmann, THE PLACE OF THE PROGRAMME IN TELEVISION TEACHING by Catherine Johnson TRUE DETECTIVE
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