Serial Television focuses on contemporary television drama, offering detailed accounts of hugely popular, influential, and groundbreaking shows such as The Sopranos, Queer as Folk, Sex and the City, Twin Peaks, This Life, Prime Suspect, Cold Lazarus, The Kingdom, Holocaust, Heimat, and Roots. Glen Creeber argues that the demise of the single play has not meant the end of original, challenging, and innovative television drama. Instead, he reveals how contemporary television drama is frequently more complex, radical, and multilayered than its historical predecessors. In particular, he shows how serial dramas have breathed new life into representations of gender politics and refreshed genre formats, and he reconsiders trends such as art television, soap operas, and the historical mini-series.
Glen Creeber is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is author of Dennis Potter: Between Two Worlds, a Critical Reassessment (1998) and editor of the Television Genre Book (BFI, 2001).
Introduction CHAPTER ONE Adapting the Past: Empirical and Emotional Realism in the Historical Mini-Series. Roots (ABC, 1977). Holocaust (NBC/Titus, 1978). Heimat (WDR:SFB, 1984). CHAPTER TWO Alternative Realities: Experimentation in 'Art Television' Drama. Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990-1) The Kingdom (Danish Television, 1994) Cold Lazarus (Channel Four & BBC, 1996) CHAPTER THREE Serial Killers: Murder, Masculinity and the Reinvention of the Crime Genre. Prime Suspect (Granada, 1991). Cracker (Granada, 1993-6). The Sopranos (HBO, 1999). CHAPTER FOUR The Politics of the Personal: Friendship, Community and Sexuality in 'Soap Drama'. This Life (BBC, 1996-8). Queer as Folk (Channel Four, 1999-2000). Sex and the City (HBO, 1998-2004).