Writing For The Medium

Overview

This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.

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Overview

This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789053560549
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2007
  • Series: Film Culture in Transition Series
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction, Thomas Elsaesser

 

Part 1 - Quality Television

 

Introduction, Thomas Elsaesser

Television in the Age of Consensus without Sense, Lutz Hachmeister

'Quality' Television, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

Quality Television in the Netherlands: Some Hopeful Reflections on Breaking the Taboo, Sonja de Leeuw

On the Quality of Soap, Olga Madsen

Zapping One's Way into Quality: Arts Programmes on TV, Thomas Elsaesser

Definitions of Quality, Jon Cook and Thomas Elsaesser

Questionalbe Quality or the Undiscoverable Quality of Television, Jan Simons

 

Part 2 - Literature on Television

 

Introduction, Thomas Elsaesser

The Novelist and Television Drama, Malcolm Bradbury

On Achieving Good Television, Fay Weldon

Speaking to Nations, Alan Plater

Television and Literature, Jon Cook

Literature after Television: Author, Authority, Authenticity, Thomas Elsaesser

Unwritable Films, Unfilmable Texts? Jan Simons

 

Part 3 - Science on Television

 

Introduction, Jan Simons

Gee-Wizards of the Box, Thomas Elsaesser

Science on Television, Aart Gisolf

On Being God and Darwin, Graham Creelman

Citizen Scientist or a Dinosaur for All Seasons, Jana Bennett

Science and Technology on TV: Four European Countries Compared, Jaap Willems

 

Selected Bibliography

The Contributors

The Editors

Film Culture in Transition: on the series

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