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  • STRICTLY TEA TIME: THE WELCOME RETURN OF THE SATURDAY...

    Outside a cold wind is blowing; the rain batters my window pane, and the shades of night are falling fast. All of which can mean but one thing: autumn has arrived, and with it the Saturday tea-time schedule. Yes, I’m aware that weekend programming is not
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  • WOMEN AND 'BANTER' IN BRITISH TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT by...

    I have spent most of the last week worrying about my upcoming turn on the CST rota. Like Kim Akass my TV viewing habits have gone awry, mine in the inevitable balancing act of work/life/kids where at present I am wedded to watching entertainment programmi
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  • IT'S NOT TV: IT'S COMICS! by William Proctor

    At times, the television landscape can be a source of irritation and chagrin for avid fans of certain series due to the falling axe of unceremonious cancellation. If the viewing figures do not match the economic requirements of the corporate body, then, m
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  • DOES LIVE TV MATTER? by John Ellis

    On Monday 30 September at 9pm Sky Living launched The Face, a talent-training format based on modelling. One of the three mentors, Naomi Campbell was in New York on launch night. So what is a poor s’leb to do? She books her lunch break for 4pm, slams in a
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  • AND THE PHD MAKES THREE: WRITING A THESIS IN A RESEARCH...

    As a plethora of PhD comics available for browsing will show, there are common themes that PhD candidates express about the thesis research and writing process. Largely, I am sure I don’t have to inform anyone, these focus on the anxiety that such an over
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  • THE RECIPE FOR A GREAT BRITISH BAKE (OFF) by Catherine...

    In my first blog after the summer hiatus I was going to write about some of the television I’d been enjoying over the first half of 2013 and in particular the glorious glut of zombies that seemed to be gracing my PVR for the past few months. But then a re
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  • NEW TRICKS . . . AND NEW FACES: HOW TO MANAGE CHARACTER...

    Aside of devising plotlines engaging enough to both maintain core audiences and entice new viewers, there can be few greater challenges to a television production team than the unexpected departure of regular cast members. The need to fill the resulting c
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  • THE ALMIGHTY NOGGIN by Geoff Lealand

    Scandinavian television drama is enjoying remarkable international success, with shows like Wallander, The Killing and Bergen very much the flavour of the month in quality drama slots. We may well speak now of a sub-genre of Scandinavian/Nordic crime dram
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  • BAD ENDINGS: FIRST THOUGHTS ON THE FINAL BREAKING BAD by...

    As AMC's Breaking Bad begins its final stretch next month, one often overlooked aspect of its dazzling run is that it launched, unintentionally, at the start of the Great Recession in 2008.
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  • TEACHING TV by Lorna Jowett

    As I wind up and evaluate classes from the academic year just gone by, and start to prepare for the coming year, my thoughts turn to teaching, and in particular to teaching television. It’s always interesting in these blogs to read about other opinions, o
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