Guest blog

  • THE LOOK-BACK ON 70's TELLY ANTHOLOGIES by Billy Smart

    There have been few DVD box sets that I have enjoyed going through so much as volumes 2-4 of the Network Look-Back on 70's Telly anthologies, which collectively run to 48 different half-hour shows, allowing the viewer investigate almost the full range of
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  • CSI GOES CYBER - OR DOES IT? by David Levente Palatinus

    When in last Sunday’s episode George Eads, one of the last remaining members of CSI: Crime Scene Investigations’s (CBS, 2000-) original cast, bid farewell to the audience and to the show, fans must have felt (once again) a peculiar uncertainty about the f
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  • SHOULD FILM STUDIES BE A SUB-DISCIPLINE OF TELEVISION...

    How come Television Studies rarely discusses the roles film plays in broadcasting? After all, in its analysis of film production and distribution in the UK in 2013, the BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 makes clear that “In terms of viewer numbers, the single
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  • ALL SCREWED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE by Richard...

    I’ve been looking forward to the new Adam Curtis documentary Bitter Lake for some time. He is a provocative, exciting and necessary filmmaker who has the rare capacity and courage to make challenging films that openly and directly challenge our ideologica
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  • BBC WORLD NEWS AND CNN RULE THE WORLD by Geoff Lealand

    In my last contribution (‘Foreign Media’, December 2014), I wrote of a search for something new and challenging in television programming, which I could use in my second-year Television Studies course. In this New Zealand summer, Josephine and I travel
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  • 2015: A TV ODYSSEY by Elke Weissmann

    I am on a big search – and it will be a long and protracted search – for a new meaning. Not of life (well, that as well, but that’ll last even longer), but of what it means to watch television. Yes, I have discovered doubt: I no longer trust my old instin
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  • CELEBRATING LGBT CHARACTERS IN SCIENCE FICTION TV by Lorna...

    Towards the end of last year I had the privilege of taking part in a panel on LGBT characters in science fiction television at the BFI Southbank as part of their Days of Fear and Wonder season. Chaired by Emma Smart the panel—myself, Stacey Abbott and Ewa
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  • CRISTELA: LATINA POWER ON ABC? by Jamila Baluch

    Latinos are now the largest minority in the United States, making up almost 17 percent of the population. Yet, with only three percent Latino regular characters in primetime programmes (Perez 2014), they continue to be the most underrepresented minority g
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  • SPINNING THE DOCTOR: NEW CAST, OLD CHARACTERS IN DOCTOR WHO...

    The objects of two of my fandoms – Doctor Who and The Archers – have been in the news in the past few months because of cast changes. Tom Graham, who has played Tom Archer in the BBC radio soap for 17 years, took to Twitter last month to announce that he
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  • GLUE, E4 AND BRITISH TEEN DRAMA by Susan Berridge

    As a fan of the teen drama series genre, I’ve been following E4’s recent offering, Glue (2014), with keen interest. Set in an English rural community, Glue is a teen/crime drama generic hybrid. The series’ over-arching narrative, stretching across all 8 e
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