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  • WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE SHERLOCK HOLMES? by Stephen Lacey

    It has been hard to escape Sherlock Holmes in 2014. He has been everywhere, not least on our television screens, since the transmission of the third season, as tantalisingly brief as the first two, of Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s Sherlock for BBC Cymr
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  • TOP 5 NEW TV DRAMA OF 2013 by Lorna Jowett

    Inspired by the countless reviews of 2013 in the New Year press, I started thinking what the best new TV of the last year had been. This is what I came up with. As well as being slightly self-indulgent, it’s also somewhat idiosyncratic. My choices are all
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  • BAZINGA/BAZINGA: ON PREDICTABILITY AND RERUNS by Douglas...

    It all started with a big bang. So, there I was, sitting on the couch after a long day, remote in hand, ready to surf a few hundred channels on my television and make the most of a quiet hour at home. And yet, for all of the choices at my disposal—movie
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  • EVEN THE REPEATS WERE GOOD . . . 1986: A YEAR OF HIDDEN...

    After celebrating the joys of modern-day ‘flow’ television last month, this time round I’m going to take a (somewhat nostalgic, I admit) trip into the past. Television formed a major part of my childhood and teens, and I imagine the same is true for many
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  • THE BUILDING WITH A HEARTBEAT - SAYING FAREWELL TO THE BBC...

    In analysing media in 21st century, we have becomes used to thinking about working relationships which have become virtual. In an ideal world, creators, practitioners and viewers can ignore the constrictions of place and produce work together in the click
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  • THE TARDIS AS PLACE, SPACE AND SETTING by Jonathan Bignell

    The TARDIS is one of Doctor Who’s most distinctive iconographic components and it performs as a space for narrative action, as a vehicle, as an object within a setting, and as a place that is inhabited. In this post I want to link together some ideas abo
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  • SCOTT AND CHARLENE FOREVER: EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT WITH...

    Last week (Friday 8th November, to be exact) marked the 25 year anniversary of the UK broadcast of Scott and Charlene’s wedding in Australian soap opera, Neighbours, watched by almost 20 million viewers at the time. As a long-term Neighbours fan, this off
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  • SERIAL KILLERS: MASTERS OF TELEVISUAL MISE-EN-SCÈNE by...

    Jason Jacobs and Stephen Peacock recently published a book on TV Aesthetics – Television Aesthetics and Style – in which they argue that discourses surrounding style and aesthetics are ‘curiously absent from many critical appraisals of contemporary
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  • LOVE IT. HATE IT. MISUNDERSTAND IT. TELEVISION by Toby...

    Television. So often derided or adored for its alleged properties of distraction or pleasure. Blamed by pediatricians for making children weigh more than is fashionable in evidence-based public policy. Criticized by some cultural critics for diverting the
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  • AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL? by Geoff Lealand

    We all know how to watch television, don’t we? You just plonk yourself down on the sofa and reach for the remote. In these days of media convergence, you can also flip open your television, squint at your mobile phone, or gaze at the ceiling monitor as
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