Mapping the territory; blurring the boundaries

Robin Nelson

in State of Play

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719073106
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701119 | DOI:
Mapping the territory; blurring the boundaries

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This chapter articulates different aspects of the force-field impacting on current TV drama provision. It considers that new accounts of the pleasures of television are required in respect of the specificity of the medium, introducing the key factors in the force-field of both the production of contemporary TV drama and the relevant core debates in critical analysis of the television medium and its dramatic forms. Whilst recognising the impact of visual style, attention is paid to narrative forms as well as aspects of drama, as traditionally conceived. The emphasis is on the Anglo-American axis, but the broad context of contemporary television production is recognised to be globalising in tendency. One of the tensions at the heart of the discussion, however, is that audiences worldwide are known to prefer local product, given the choice.

Keywords: force-field impacting; TV drama provision; production of contemporary TV drama; dramatic forms; Anglo-American axis

Chapter.  9133 words. 

Subjects: Television

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