Guest blog

  • EASTENDERS: THE TRIANGLES OF ALBERT SQUARE by Jonathan...

    The first episode of EastEnders was broadcast on BBC1 on 19 February 1985. Created by Tony Holland and Julia Smith, the serial is set in the fictional London borough of Walford. It is shot on a purpose-built outside set at Elstree Studios and also interio
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  • CAN iPLAYER SAVE THE BBC LICENCE FEE? by John Ellis

    Here’s the problem. The licence fee is a cheap and elegant way of funding public service TV. It’s far cheaper than a Sky subscription and yields far more original UK production. However, a lot of people wriggle out of paying it, so prosecutions of licence
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  • DEAR AUNTIE ... AAAAAAARGGGGHHHH! OR WHY WE MIGHT ALL NEED...

    In case you had missed it: Scotland voted no. Marginally, but they did. For some of us who were watching from afar, this came as a massive shock, largely because the politically outspoken world we had engaged with (via Twitter, Facebook and blog pages suc
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  • WHO INVENTED THE PROSUMER? by Toby Miller

    In today’s exciting world of the prosumer, readers become writers, listeners transform into speakers, viewers emerge as stars, fans are academics, and vice versa. Internally divided—but happily so—each person is, as Foucault put it forty years ago, ‘a con
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  • BAD MEDICINE ON WHY MEDICAL TV DOES (NOT) MATTER by David...

    Some three months ago I got involved in a conversation with colleagues at the University of Bologna about medical humanities grants and, in relation to those, about the possible contribution of media studies, and television in particular (if allowed, not
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  • UK TV FOR SALE by John Ellis

    Huge changes took place in British TV over the summer, and very few people seem to have noticed. American majors embarked on a spending spree that is reshaping both production and broadcasting.
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  • ON NOT WATCHING TELLY...THIS TIME by Elke Weissmann

    Let me come out, here, once and for all. I actually like international football. It’s interesting in a jokey kind of way. There’s some skill involved, and a good goal can take your breath away. I also like it because for most of the time it’s dead boring
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  • BAGGAGE: HOTEL ROOM TELEVISION by Sean Redmond

    Baggage: Hotel Room Television sounds as if it might be the title of a Ryan Adam or Johnny Cash love-struck ballad. A broken-hearted boy or girl returns to their transitory space to contemplate the end, caught in the slipstream of multi-channel viewing wh
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  • PLAN OF ACTION? RESPONDING TO TONY HALL by Ruth McElroy

    One of the rewards of teaching first-year undergraduates is that you are constantly forced to challenge your own perceptions about the changing nature of contemporary media and society.
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  • NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES: AN ODE TO TELEVISION TIE-INS by...

    The original line of this opening was: ‘It might seem odd to devote a television blog to books’; however, following Billy Proctor’s blog last week it now feels almost like bandwagon jumping. For me, though, the two media have always been closely intertwin
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