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  • FROM HASTINGS TO LEIGHLEY: REDISCOVERING BILL BRAND by...

    It was the recent conference at Hastings, ‘Raymond Williams and John Logie Baird – Television, Technology and Cultural Form’, organized by Professor Deborah Philips of the University of Brighton, which sent me back to Bill Brand (Jack Shepherd), hero of T
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  • Y2KTV ASCENDING OR KING KONG VS GODZILLA by Gary R. Edgerton

    It’s a sign of the times when Pulitzer Prize-winning op-ed political columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times attends the annual network upfronts and comments on the state of American television programming. Her blanket indictment of scripted fare on
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  • TV'S EVIL QUEENS by Lorna Jowett

    I read with interest Christine Geraghty’s blog ‘Reappraising the Television Heroine’ from 6 September. Geraghty notes the prevalence in recent TV drama of the female detective, and she discusses various contemporary television series and their handling of
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  • Hashtag batesmotel? by Stacey Abbott

    This week I watched the first episode of Bates Motel, the television spin-off from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) which began its UK broadcast on the 12th September. Of course the show is more accurately described as a prequel as it is set when Norman B
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  • RIDING THE ICE, RIDING A WAVE by Toby Miller

    Greenpeace organized an Ice Ride on September 15 2013 to rally support for protecting de-territorialized sections of the Arctic from mineral exploitation. Greenpeace seems very adept at using the bourgeois media to promote activism, recognizing that all j
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  • WHOSE WHO? by Kim Akass

    Last week represented the culmination of a year’s worth of organization. The ‘Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity conference’ ostensibly kicked off the academic round of 50 years of Doctor Who celebrations which will culminate in an anniversary special on 23
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  • RE-APPRAISING THE TELEVISION HEROINE by Christine Geraghty

    Over the past few months I’ve found myself engaged with television heroines once again. The ‘Television for Women’ conference at University of Warwick in May threw up lots of examples of women on and off the screen who might fulfill such a role and I’ve
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  • FOR US, BY US? GENDER, PRIVILEGE AND RACE IN HBO'S GIRLS by...

    The US comedy Girls debuted on pay-cable channel HBO in April 2012 to viewing figures of less than 1 million (rising to 4 million with Video on Demand). Its media reception however belies such modest ratings as it became subject to widespread acclaim and
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  • BBC EXECUTIVE PAYOFF SCANDAL by John Ellis

    Who would be Chair of the BBC Trust in these scandal-hit days? Not Lord Patten, who has just announced he will be off after a single four-year term, despite the awkward timing (it will coincide with both a new government and a review of the licence fee).
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  • TELEVISION TEXTURES by Sean Redmond

    Television is a media of texture. Glass, plasma, wood, chrome, shiny aluminium and bright neon, encase and embody the circuitry, while across its programming and commercials a range of textures are given weight, depth, and quality. Television is a touchin
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