Social Issues, Production and Genre

Lesley Henderson

in Social Issues in Television Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625314
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651177 | DOI:
Social Issues, Production and Genre

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This chapter reflects on the significance of genre and substantive topic. It discusses the experiences of television personnel involved in developing storylines concerning mental distress in medical drama and in reporting on mental distress for documentary television series. This highlights how certain genres may open up different possibilities. Production priorities of narrative pace, audience ratings and constraints from senior management are considered along with the different issues involved in the production of factual television, such as ‘casting’ users of services in programmes.

Keywords: genre; mental distress; medical drama; documentary television series; narrative pace; audience ratings; constraints; factual television

Chapter.  8589 words. 

Subjects: Television

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