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  • FIXED RIG DOCUMENTARIES: HOW THEY DO IT by John Ellis

    We’ve all seen One Born Every Minute, 24 Hours in A&E, Educating Essex (or Yorkshire), The Hotel… But how many people know that these are ‘fixed rig productions’? And how many know what that actually means, beyond the fact that they have an unholy amount
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  • WORKING OTHERS TO DEATH: DISCOURSES OF ATTACHMENT, AND...

    Cathy Johnson’s “Working ourselves to death” will go down in CST-history as the blog which nearly brought the system down, so heartily did it resonate with so many of us!
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  • HE MUST BE SOMEWHERE!: TELEVISION AND THE INFINITE ARCHIVE...

    As part of the AHRC project, ‘Technologies of Memory’, I have spent the last four months at The National Archives in Kew (TNA). The project investigates the ‘War Diaries’, which are not personal accounts of war, but daily reports produced by units in th
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  • WORKING OURSELVES TO DEATH: DISCOURSES OF ATTACHMENT AND...

    One of my new year’s resolutions this year is to improve my work-life balance. It is with some irony, then, that I find myself finishing this blog on the second Sunday in January, particularly considering that I started writing it during my annual leave o
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  • FOYLE'S WAR - URGGH? by Toby Miller

    Foyle's War is the kind of television I ought to disapprove of. It is ‘drama run by the costume department,’ as Rupert Murdoch once said of the ruling-class fantasies of grandiose UK period fiction. It is mostly about ethnically-closed, village and small
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  • BILL COSBY'S FALL FROM GRACE by Gary R. Edgerton

    The unconscious mind can be both friend and foe. It sometimes is the source of strange and wondrous insights; it also can appear to be working against our own self-interest. Take for example this quote by Bill Cosby in a largely innocuous celebrity piec
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  • THE WEDNESDAY PLAY, CANON FORMATION AND COMMERCIAL...

    The difference between commemoration of the fiftieth anniversaries of Doctor Who last year and The Wednesday Play in 2014 could hardly have been more marked. I feel as though I have lived through general elections that got less press coverage than the Doc
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  • SPACE AND PERFORMANCE: GERRY AND SYLVIA ANDERSON'S 1960s...

    Gerry and Sylvia Anderson began making puppet series for British television in the 1950s, and by the end of the 1960s, their company had made Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90. Anderson’s last pup
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  • YOU CAN'T BUILD AN ENTIRE SHOW AROUND NOSTALGIA: WHY DO I...

    Lorna Jowett’s recent blog for CST on ‘Children, Television, Nostalgia and Audiences’ helped me think through some questions I’d had around my own enjoyment of a contemporary children’s show: Girl Meets World (2014 -). Girl Meets World has caught my atten
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  • THE MESSAGE IS: RECYCLE by Geoff Lealand

    I bustled into the final meeting of my Television Studies class recently, with the intention of sharing a few speculations about where television might be going, and what I might have to do differently when I teach this course again in 2015. There were t
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