British TV Drama and Acquired US Programmes 1970-2000 (2005-2008)

Description of the project

Publications from the project

Description of the project

This research project ran from 2005-8, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It was led by Professor Jonathan Bignell, working with Dr Elke Weissmann and Dr Simone Knox in the Centre for Television Drama Studies. The project studied how the import of television fiction programmes from the USA into Britain in the 1970-2000 period affected the ways that British television drama was planned, made and received. The acquisition of British programmes for screening on US television was compared and contrasted with this. The research combined a critical overview of this issue with case studies that analysed specific programmes, or debates such as questions of quality, genre or audience address. The researchers used close analysis of recordings and archival sources in the UK and USA, and published their work in academic journals and books. The international conference Television Without Borders was held in June 2008, preceded by two one-day symposia attended by academics, programme-makers and commentators on British and US television.

For further information about the research project contact Jonathan Bignell.

Publications from the project

Where a publication has a hyperlink, a complete text or an abstract can be downloaded from the University of Reading's research repository, CentAUR.

Bignell, J. (2007) Seeing and knowing: reflexivity and quality. In: McCabe, J. and Akass, K. (eds.) Quality TV: contemporary American television and beyond. Reading Contemporary Television. I B Tauris, London, pp. 145-157. ISBN 9781845115104

Bignell, J. (2009) The police series. In: Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (eds.) Close-Up 03. Wallflower, London, pp. 1-66. ISBN 9781905674787

Bignell, J. (2010) Transatlantic spaces: production, location and style in 1960s-1970s action-adventure TV series. Media History, 16 (1). pp. 53-65. ISSN 1469-9729 doi: 10.1080/13688800903395460

Bignell, J. and Weissmann, E. (2008) Cultural difference? Not so different after all. Critical Studies in Television: scholarly studies in small screen fictions, 3 (1). pp. 93-98. ISSN 1749-6020

Knox, S. "Muito boa qualidade, de facto": Shooting the Past e o caso das séries dramáticas de qualidade da televisão britânica na era da televisão de qualidade americana. Trans. Tico, S. ["Rather good quality, in fact": Shooting the Past and the case of British Quality Television Drama in the age of AQTV]. In: Borges, G. and Reia-Baptista, V. (Eds.). Discursos e Práticas de Qualidade Na Televisão, Lisboa: Livros Horizonte, 2008, 271-286.

Knox, S. (2007) Five's finest: the import of 'CSI' to British television. In: Allen, M. (ed.) Reading 'CSI': Crime TV Under the Microscope. I B Tauris, London, pp. 183-197.

Knox, S. (2012) Masterpiece Theatre and British drama imports on US television: discourses of tension. Critical Studies in Television, 7 (1). pp. 29-48. ISSN 1749-6020 doi: 10.7227/CST.7.1.5

Weissmann, E. (2012) Transnational Television Drama: Special Relations and Mutual Influences between the US and the UK. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Weissmann, E. (2008), Negotiating American Quality: the NBC Brand in Britain. Critical Studies in Television, 3 (2) pp. 40-58.

Weissmann, E., (2009), Drama Counts: Uncovering Channel 4's History with Quantitative Research Methods, New Review of Film and Television Studies, 7 (2). Pp. 189-207.

Weissmann, E. (2009), Paying for Fewer Imports? The BBC Licence Fee 1975-1981 and Attitudes towards American Imports, Television & New Media, 10 (6), pp. 482-500.

Weissmann, E. (2009), Travelling Cultures: The Development of the American Mini Serial and its Import to Britain, Journal of British Cinema & Television, 6 (1), pp. 41-57.

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