Television drama plays a central role in television schedules and an almost unprecedented range of TV drama is now being broadcast on terrestrial, cable and satellite channels. TV dramas entertain us but also play an important role in shaping the way we perceive the world. This guide suggests different approaches to teaching the topic by referring to contemporary television drama in both Britain and America. It shows how you can explore television drama through the key media concepts of genre, narrative and representation while also uncovering the way institutions and audiences shape television drama. As with all the guides in this series, this title is supported by additional student materials on dedicated password accessible web pages.
JEREMY POINTS is the Subject Officer for Film and Media Studies at the WJEC. He was formerly a Head of Media, Film and Communications at a sixth form college in Brighton, having taught and examined in the media and communications area since the later 1980s. He has written a study guide on American Beauty and articles on media and film as well as training teachers.
* Introduction: Assessment context.- What is TV drama and why study it.- Schemes of work.- * Background: What does TV drama reveal about key media issues.- establishing the conventions of the genre.- TV drama timelines.- Genres and subgenres.- * Case studies: including British and American TV drama, ranging from the popular mainstream to the more challenging and alternative.