Cultures of British Television Drama, 1960-82 (2002-2006)

Description of the project

Publications from the project

Description of the project

This research project combined analytical and archival study of British TV drama programming with textual, generic, institutional and cultural study of the professional context of British TV drama output. The project linked three universities and seven team members: Dr Jonathan Bignell led the project at the University of Reading, assisted by Professor John Bull and working with Dr Helen Wheatley who was the project's postdoctoral researcher, succeeded by Dr Karen McNally. Stephen Lacey at Manchester Metropolitan University supervised PhD research by Lez Cooke on regional identities in TV drama. Professor John Ellis supervised PhD research by Mark Talbot on the professional culture of TV institutions at Royal Holloway, University of London. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board.

For further information about the research project contact Jonathan Bignell.

Programme

Publications from the project

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

Bignell, J. (2005) Space for "quality": negotiating with the Daleks. In: Bignell, J. and Lacey, S. (eds.) Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 76-92. ISBN 9780719069321

Bignell, J. (2005) And the rest is history: Lew Grade, the creation myth and television historiography. In: Turnock, R. and Johnson, C. (eds.) ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years. Open University Press, Buckingham, pp. 57-70. ISBN 9780335217298

Bignell, J. (2007) Citing the classics: constructing British television drama history in publishing and pedagogy. In: Wheatley, H. (ed.) Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television Historiography. I B Tauris, London, pp. 27-39. ISBN 9781845111885

Bignell, J. and Lacey, S., eds. (2005) Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719069321

Bignell, J. and O'Day, A. (2004) Terry Nation. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719065460

Cooke, L. (2005), 'Regional British television drama in the 1960s and 1970s, Journal of Media Practice 6 (3), pp. 145-55.

Cooke, L. (2005), 'Style, technology and innovation in British television drama', Journal of British Cinema and Television 2 (1), pp. 82-99.

Cooke, L. (2005), 'A "New Wave" in British television drama', Media International Australia 115, pp. 23-32.

Cooke, L. (2005), 'The new social realism of Clocking Off', in J. Bignell & S. Lacey (eds), Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives (Manchester: Manchester Univ Press), pp. 183-97.

Cooke, L. (2007), 'BBC English Regions drama: Second City Firsts', in H. Wheatley (ed.), Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television Historiography (London: I. B. Tauris), pp. 106-119.

Cooke, L. (2007), Troy Kennedy Martin (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

Cooke, L. (2012), A Sense of Place: Regional British television drama, 1956-82 (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

Ellis, J. (2007), 'Is it possible to construct a canon of television programmes? Immanent reading versus textual-historicism', in H. Wheatley (ed.), Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television Historiography (IB Tauris), pp. 15-26.

Lacey, S. (2005) 'Becoming popular: some reflections on the relationship between television and theatre', in J. Bignell & S. Lacey (eds), Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives (Manchester: Manchester University Press), pp. 198-214.

Lacey, S. (2005), 'A practical realism: Blood Red Roses, Brecht and Luckacs' in D. Bradby and S. Capon (eds), Freedom's Pioneer: John McGrath's Work in Theatre, Film and Television (Exeter: Exeter University Press), pp. 130-143.

Lacey, S. (2007) Tony Garnett (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

McNally, K. (2007), 'The Geordie and the American hero: revisiting classic

Hollywood masculinity in When the Boat Comes In', Journal of British Cinema and Television 4, pp. 102-120.

Wheatley, H. (2004) Putting the mystery back into Armchair Theatre. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 1 (2). pp. 197-201. ISSN 1755-1714 doi: 10.3366/JBCTV.2004.1.2.197

Wheatley, H. (2005) Haunted houses, hidden rooms: women, domesticity and the female Gothic adaptation on television. In: Bignell, J. and Lacey, S. (eds.) Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 149-165. ISBN 9780719069321

Wheatley, H. (2005) Rooms within rooms: ITV and the studio heritage drama of the 1970s. In: Turnock, R. and Johnson, C. (eds.) ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years. Open University Press, Buckingham, pp. 143-158. ISBN 9780335217298

Wheatley, H. (2006) 'And now for your Sunday night experimental drama…', in L. Mulvey and J. Sexton (eds), Experimental Television (Manchester: Manchester University Press), pp. 45-58.

Wheatley, H. (2006) Gothic Television (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

Wheatley, H. (ed.) (2007), Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television Historiography (London: I. B. Tauris).

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