Serial Television: Big Drama on the Small Screen

Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844570218
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2005
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

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).

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