Paul Abbott

Printable version Thursday 28 November 2013 Last updated at 13:43

Dr Beth Johnson (Keele University) has published the first book length study of Paul Abbott, one Britain’s leading television writers.

Creator of television series such as Shameless, Clocking Off, State of Play, Reckless, Linda Green and Children’s Ward, Paul Abbott is a British 'showrunner' and writer whose name and reputation for edgy, intelligent, successful and socio-political programmes holds significant weight both in the contemporary television industry and with the public. This is the first book-length academic study of the television programmes created, written by, and/or executive-produced, by Abbott. It is also the first academic study to attempt to consider his complete oeuvre. Within a broadly chronological structure this book evaluates key examples of Abbott’s output, exhibiting a vital evaluation of Abbott’s work over the past three decades and assessing his contribution to British television
Paul Abbott is published by Manchester University Press. It forms part of the Television Series, edited by Jonathan Bignell and Steven Peacock.

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Dr Beth Johnson

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Keele University


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