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  • PROBLEMS WITH QUALITY by Elke Weissmann

    In 1990, Charlotte Brunsdon wrote an article entitled ‘Problems with Quality’. It examined British television’s claims to quality and investigated in particular how specific genres and aesthetics were claimed by a number of commentators, including politic
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  • RE-VISITING ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: RUDE, CRUDE AND TOTALLY...

    I’ll always remember my initial reaction the first time I watched Absolutely Fabulous (BBC, 1992-2012). Edina Monsoon (played by co-creator Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (played by former model and co-star Joanna Lumley) appeared to be the rudest, cr
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  • NASTY NANNIES IN DOCTOR WHO by Marcus Harmes

    Beginning with the young single mother Nancy in ‘The Empty Child’ (2005) Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who stories have often included strongly written female characters.
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  • UNVEILING ‘A’: CRITICAL FAN RESPONSES TO A TRANSGENDER...

    August 11, 2015 is the day Pretty Little Liars (2010-) unmasked ‘A’, a day five years in the making: (Spoiler) ‘A’ is CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray) on PLL. I write about this reveal not just from a personal investment in the show or because it comprises a part
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  • TELEVISION RESEARCH AT SPYING ON SPIES: POPULAR...

    Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage was an international conference held in London over 3-5 September 2015, organised collaboratively by myself and Toby Manning (Open University). The aim was to bring together a diverse array
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  • WHAT IS A PhD AND WHAT IS IT FOR? by John Ellis

    The doctoral thesis is the most problematic aspect of academic endeavour, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. Unlike the sciences, where a doctoral student is typically part of a team attached to a research project, in our area it is typic
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  • CATFISHING FOR LOVE by Jamila Baluch

    Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, 2012-) is a reality programme based on the documentary film Catfish (2010) which followed a young man building a romantic relationship with a woman he had met on Facebook, but never seen in real life. When he travels across the
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  • THE DOCTOR AND THE PROFESSOR by Marcus Harmes

    ‘Remember the Red Indian. When he saw the first steam train, his savage mind thought it an illusion, too.’ Thus begins Doctor Who in 1963 when two teachers Ian and Barbara enter a police box and swiftly find themselves patronised by an alien time travelle
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  • CAITLYN JENNER, GENDER TRANSITIONING AND SELECTIVE...

    From her interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC News’ 20/20 programme, her appearance in the two-part Keeping up with the Kardashians (2007-) special ‘About Bruce’, her first media appearance as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair, to her reality television
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  • FAMILIAR ALIENS: TELETUBBIES RETURNS by Jonathan Bignell

    The British pre-school children’s television programme Teletubbies was made by Ragdoll Productions for BBC and first screened from 1997-2001. To my delight it was announced at the end of September that the series will return later this year, now produced
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