CST blog

  • WHY NOW FOR 'THE SPLAT': NICKLELODEON, NOSTALGIA AND...

    On Monday 5th October, Nickelodeon launched The Splat – a late night programming block which airs on its TeenNick network and is dedicated to rerunning a range of its popular shows from the 1990s. However, since The Splat’s formal announcement, multiple j
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  • BRINGING US TOGETHER? by Pat Holland

    The last weekend in September saw a buzzing festival of television organised by the Radio Times on the green opposite Hampton Court Palace. There were a number of massive tents (including the Eric Tent and the Ernie Tent), housing events and talks by cel
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  • CROSSOVERS AND COLLABORATIONS: PRODUCTION DESIGN IN A...

    Television scholars of my generation tend to have a reflex towards medium specificity, a desire to establish what it was about television that made it television. That was useful in the days when we were trying to emerge from a range of disciplines which
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  • BBC CHARTER REVIEW: HOW BAD WILL IT GET? by John Ellis

    The BBC is under threat like never before. That seems to be the consensus about the two events of past weeks: • a budget raid by the Chancellor that saddled the BBC with absorbing the £630 million cost of free TV licences for the over-75s, • a seemingly
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  • THE STATUS OF TV SCHOLARSHIP - AND WHAT WE COULD DO ABOUT...

    A few years ago my wonderful supervisor, Christine Geraghty, asked me what my experience was of speaking to other academics about television. My experience was fine – people seemed interested and polite. They spoke about programmes that they enjoyed and c
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  • TELEVISION UP IN THE AIR by Liz Giuffre

    I first discovered what’s now called ‘binge watching’ at least 10 years ago. It was my first trip to the UK from Australia and there were episodes upon episodes of TV to watch accompanied by the direct expectation that I should sit still for very long pe
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  • DANCING WITH THE STARLETS: AESTHETICS OF AGE AND GENDER IN...

    Earlier this year Sia released a new single, Elastic Heart, with an accompanying music video that drew controversy for featuring Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf and Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler performing a contemporary dance together
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  • THE GAME OF THRONES RAPE DEBATE by William Proctor

    The sixth episode of the recent season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,’ ended with Ramsay Bolton raping his new bride, Sansa Stark, as Theon Greyjoy/ Reek is forced to watch. In the days following the episode, many cultural commentat
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  • GENRE OUT OF THE BOX ON MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: THE...

    In Part One, I explored the genre hybridity of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and began my inquiry into how the hybridity impacts on the construction of gender in the series, concluding with the question of what happens in the series to conventional fe
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  • GENRE OUT OF THE BOX ON MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: THE...

    In a recent article about the fiction of Angela Carter on Salon.com, Laura Miller discussed the importance of the imagination, fantasy, and fairy tales to Carter's feminism and praised Carter's audacity as a feminist of the 1970's, since that was a period
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