Sets out the debates that define television and examines how they can be applied to the study of particular programmes. By asking how production, consumption, technology and social change are changing our experience of TV, students are encouraged to consider and develop their own responses. Uses a range of examples from British and American TV.
PHIL WICKHAM is a TV Curator at the British Film Institute. He has written and lectured on British film and TV and is the author of the forthcoming BFI TV Classic on The Likely Lads.
Introduction: Thinking about TV.- How the book works .- Studying TV .- How is TV different? .- PART I - CONTEXTS .- 1: Production Theories of production Production structures Production companies Technology and TV language Branding and marketing Public service broadcasting Scheduling.- 2: Audiences and consumption The television audience TV as a mass medium Television as a shared experience Regulating TV How we consume TV Audience theories Changing consumption Critical contexts.- PART II- TEXTS.- 3: TV fiction Theoretical considerations Characters and performance Narrative structures Authorship.- 4: TV fact Factual entertainment News Current affairs.- Conclusion Bibliography.- Index