Guest blog

  • KEEPING TV IN PERSPECTIVE by Richard Hewett

    One of the challenges of returning to my parents’ for the weekend (as I write, the bank holiday is looming) is the inevitable evening trawl for something watchable on television via such channels as Drama or ITV3. When we finally settle on something mutua
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  • POLITICS AND TELEVISION: CLEARLY NOT JUST MY PROBLEM by...

    I’m in the grip of politics fever. I can hardly concentrate; I want to know what is happening. Less than one week to go to the general election in the UK, and the two main political parties are neck and neck. I cannot do anything about the outcome of cour
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  • FROM RAMSAY STREET, WITH LOVE by Liz Giuffre

    Dear Britain, On behalf of Australia, I’m really sorry about Neighbours. Honestly, we had no idea that a little soapie based in a fictional place outside Melbourne would go for so long. We had no idea you’d love it as much as you do. To be honest, it to
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  • RESURRECTED VISIONS ON YOUTUBE: THE LARGE DOOR CHANNEL by...

    Easter being the time of resurrection, I spent part of the break uploading to YouTube some of the programmes I produced for Channel 4 in the 1980s and 1990s. So there is now a Large Door channel for our moribund independent production company, with a sele
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  • CONFERENCE REPORT: THEATRE AND TELEVISION: ADAPTATION,...

    Few forms of TV drama have historically been more neglected within television studies than the adapted stage play. With the exception of Jeremy Ridgman’s handy 1998 collection Boxed Sets , little has been published on the theatrical adaptation, and passin
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  • HOW TO STUDY TELEVISION by Toby Miller

    We’re fortunate in television studies. The exclusively formal, stylistic, and ideological attention paid to texts in literary studies has never been deemed sufficient in our field—the immensely social nature of TV, like cinema, has largely militated again
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  • WHAT DO WE MEAN BY (FLEXIBLE) TALENT? by Lisa W. Kelly

    In 2006, Richard Sennett published a short article in The Political Quarterly entitled ‘What do we mean by talent?’ Having carried out ethnographic research with workers in the so-called ‘New Economy’, or rather those in the financial sector, new technolo
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  • 24 HOURS IN A&E AND THE NHS CRISIS: THE PLEASURES AND...

    I have watched pretty much every episode of the medical reality show 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4, 2011–). Even though much of my research happens to focus on medico-scientific discourses in contemporary television, this is a programme I have watched for pu
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  • IN DREAMS by Geoff Lealand

    I was recently invited to contribute to a discussion in the ‘Monday Retro’ slot on National Radio in New Zealand (the local equivalent of BBC4). The topic was the introduction of colour television in New Zealand; some thirteen years after the introductio
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  • THE NEW GREEK TV TREND: TRANSFORMING POLITICIANS TO MEDIA...

    The 25th of January 2015, the day of the parliamentary elections in Greece, was characterised as a historical turning point for the country after the leftwing radical party SYRIZA swept into power. However, SYRIZA did not manage to gain the full majority
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