Telegenic

  • 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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  • THE HYDROGEN BOMB AND ME by Debra Ramsay

    Recently I re-watched Battlestar Galactica. No, not that one, but the 1978-1979 series that originally aired on ABC, complete with tinny Cylons, hysterically questionable ‘triad’ costumes and a ‘daggit’ named Muffy. A while ago Kim Akass pointed out tha
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  • THE TROUBLE WITH CALLING PEOPLE 'TALENTED': BROADCASTING'S...

    At the end of March I was invited to take part in the University of Glasgow's RSE funded workshop series “Shaping Scotland’s Talent: Change, Flexibility and New Pathways in the Screen Industries”. It was a fascinating event with a broad range of policy ma
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  • VAMPIRES ON MY MIND by Stacey Abbott

    I have vampires on my mind. This of course is nothing new. I often have vampires on my mind. It is one of my main areas of research interest. I am particularly interested in how the mythology has evolved through new media, reshaping to suit different aud
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  • TEACHING TELEVISION 2: THE PLACE OF THE PROGRAMME IN...

    In a moment of frustration a few weeks ago I posted the following status update to Facebook: ‘Today's teaching has felt like dealing with school children with half of my second years turning up to seminars without having done the screening or having been
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  • CRITIQUING THE CELEBRITY DOCUMENTARY by Richard Hewett

    Before sitting down to write, I decided to cast an eye over this week’s television schedule, alighting almost immediately on two examples of a genre which has long confounded and intrigued me: the celebrity documentary. By this I do not mean biographical
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