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  • RE-WATCHING DOCTOR WHO: THE PLEASURE OF THE EPISODE by...

    I’m now seven months into perhaps my most ambitious viewing marathon, the complete Doctor Who cycle, watched at the rate of one episode every day. Thanks to the completion of the BBC DVD range last year I started in December and am still only up to spring
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  • CREATIVE ENERGIES, CREATIVE INDUSTRIES - FINDING TELEVISION...

    Somehow, I always find myself approaching big, multi-media conferences with a faint edge of paranoia. How will television studies fare in the context of a set-up which was originally organised around Cinema Studies and in which different kinds of work is
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  • THE RED, WHITE, AND BLACK OF "FREEDOM SUMMER" (2014) by...

    Documentary programming is normally not a spectator sport, despite being widely utilized by television as an economical staple over the last 30 years. For every Ken Burns, Michael Moore, and Errol Morris, there are dozens of talented documentarists who r
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  • FIDELETY MATTERS: NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS TV SERIES by...

    Ever since I started exploring adaptation theory as a way to discuss reboots for my PhD thesis, I have found myself knee-deep in a conceptual quandary, one which I’d like to share with you today. The turn to poststructuralism across the academic terrain i
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  • THE WHOLE COUNTRY OF AUSTRALIA RIPS TV by Liz Giuffre

    Comedian Louie CK made the statement above as part of an interview with an American radio show recently. And, interestingly, even though he’s someone whose material is high on the list of things being illegally accessed, he’s on our side. Australians are
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  • SUBSCRIBE NOW OR F#@K OFF!: SWEARNET AS A CASE STUDY IN...

    SwearNet is a website set up by the three actors who are principally known for creating and starring in the cult Canadian comedy show Trailer Park Boys (Showcase, 2001-2008; Netflix, 2014- ). Mike Smith, Robb Wells, and John Paul Tremblay, having found i
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  • REPEATING AND REARTICULATING SPACE: INSPECTOR MORSE'S HOUSE...

    Watching a large amount of Inspector Morse (Zenith Productions, 1987-2000) over the last couple of months, I’ve come to find great pleasure in the way the series presents the titular character’s home. My enjoyment is two-fold: both a facet of the consiste
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  • TASTE, TIME AND THE BIG ALLOTMENT CHALLENGE by Sam Ward

    Like John Ellis, I watched The Big Allotment Challenge longing for a different kind of show. I stuck with the BBC’s latest variation on the craft-competition format until its final episode last week, but was surprised to see that it has performed respecta
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  • HAS BRITAIN GOT TRANSMEDIA TALENT? by Keith M. Johnston

    In the years since Henry Jenkins’ Convergence Culture (2006) popularised the term ‘transmedia’ within the academy (and prompted a host of similar concepts/theories), the narrative and production revolution it highlighted and promoted has struggled to find
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  • MEMORIALISING BBC2 by Pat Holland

    As an avid recorder of television in all its shapes and forms, the 50th anniversary of BBC2 made me dust off my old VHSs to track down celebrations of the 40th and 30th decades of the channel. And 30 years ago, I found, viewers were offered a similar ambi
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