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Between politics and soap: The articulation of ideology and melodrama in Czechoslovak communist television serials, 1975–891

Irena Carpentier Reifová

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719082399
eISBN:
9781781707302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082399.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Using the 1976 serial Muž na radnici (Man at City Hall) as a case study, this chapter investigates the Czechoslovak ‘seriál’ as emblematic of the ‘normalisation’ era of Czechoslovak television. The ... More


Television Fiction in Context: Education and Entertainment

Lesley Henderson

in Social Issues in Television Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625314
eISBN:
9780748651177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625314.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Compared to the well-developed sociology of news production, there are few accounts of how the production process operates in relation to television fiction. The soap opera has not been examined and ... More


Television and the Neo-Baroque

Angela Ndalianis

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The Colbys (1985–1987) was a television series whose narrative premise centred on the exploits, loves, hates and intrigues of the wealthy Colby family and other characters that entered their story ... More


Entertaining the Colonels: Propaganda, social change and entertainment in Greek television fiction, 1967–74

Gregory Paschalidis

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719082399
eISBN:
9781781707302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082399.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The introduction of a regular television service in Greece coincided with the establishment of the Colonels’ dictatorship, and some of the most popular and best-remembered programmes from the ... More


The beginnings: Coronation Street (1961–69)

Sue Vice

in Jack Rosenthal

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077043
eISBN:
9781781703144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077043.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter discusses the beginning of the Jack Rosenthal's career, as a television-serial writer with Coronation Street. It was his great good fortune to be employed by Granada as a graduate ... More


Cult TV, Quality and the Role of the Episode/Programme Guide

Matt Hills

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Despite its relative academic invisibility, the episode guide has become an increasingly prominent companion to cult television serials. Cult television's series/serial hybridity often combines ... More


TV antiquity: Swords, sandals, blood and sand

Sylvie Magerstädt

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781784995324
eISBN:
9781526144614
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995324.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

TV antiquity explores representations of ancient Greece and Rome throughout television history. It is the first comprehensive overview of the genre in television. More specifically, the author argues ... More


The Representation of Youth and the Twenty-Something Serial

Sarah Cardwell

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter posits a television genre or category that is not yet officially recognised: the twenty-something serial. This is achieved by exploring the connections and developments visible in three ... More


Serial Narrative and Guest Stars: Ally McBeal's Eccentrics

Greg Smith

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The prime-time television serial cannot take care of all of its narrative business by staying solely within the tightly bound world of core characters. The prime-time serial needs guest stars. What ... More


Perspective: Scholar Jason Mittell on the Ties Between Daytime and Primetime Serials

Sam Ford

in The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737165
eISBN:
9781621037767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter presents Mittell’s views on whether soap operas have influenced primetime television. Mittell says that contemporary primetime narrative complexity has little in common with or influence ... More


The Contemporary Television Series

Michael Hammond and Lucy Mazdon (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This study of the contemporary prime-time ‘quality’ serial television format gives an account of prominent programmes such as 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, The Sopranos and The West Wing, and ... More


Staying outside ‘the egg’: Surrealist entertainment during the Greek dictatorship

Christina Adamou

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719082399
eISBN:
9781781707302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082399.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter offers an analysis of the aesthetics and meanings within This One and That One (Εκείνος και… Εκείνος), a satirical drama series from the era of the Colonels’ dictatorship, drawing on ... More


Zero-Degree Seriality: Television Narrative in the Post-Network Era

Norman M. Gendelman

in Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032936
eISBN:
9781617032943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter explores what it means for contemporary viewers and shows to be “serial” in terms of both ontological reception (the experience of viewing in time) and epistemological intellection (the ... More


Love stories: The Lovers (1970),Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975) and Wide-Eyed and Legless (1993)

Sue Vice

in Jack Rosenthal

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077043
eISBN:
9781781703144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077043.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter discusses three television love story serials: The Lovers, Sadie, It's Cold Outside and Wide-Eyed and Legless. The comically unresolved courtship of the young protagonists in The Lovers, ... More


Perspective: Scholar Louise Spence on Comparing the Soap Opera to Other Forms

Abigail De Kosnik

in The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737165
eISBN:
9781621037767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737165.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter presents Spence’s views about comparisons of soap operas with other texts and forms. Spence believes that the notion of “soap opera” still has cultural meaning. Whether we are referring ... More


The Mad Men in the Attic: Seriality and Identity in the Modern Babylon

Lauren M. E. Goodlad

in The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198728276
eISBN:
9780191794490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728276.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter describes the recurrence of a mid-Victorian form at the turn of the twenty-first century. Connecting the television series Mad Men to Trollope’s The Prime Minister and Flaubert’s Madame ... More


Personalization and Spectatorship: The Ringtone's Narrative Functions in Cinematic and Televisual Media

Sumanth Gopinath

in The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019156
eISBN:
9780262315081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter charts a stream of televisual and cinematic mobile modernity, one that depends on the logics of personalization and actor-object identification. This chapter also examines the uses of ... More


Family Films

Jonathan Haynes

in Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226387819
eISBN:
9780226388007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

The “family film” is the most common Nigerian film genre, its prominence related to the importance of women as consumers of Nollywood films. The family film’s melodramatic mode infiltrates other ... More


Undercover: How the East German political system presented itself in television series

Sascha Trültzsch

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719082399
eISBN:
9781781707302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082399.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines how state television in the GDR used drama series to propagate the Party’s view of East German reality and, in particular, the Socialist ‘model family’. Using a series of case ... More


Films and Cartoons: The Second Pen

Nadia Sonneveld

in Khul' Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices, and Everyday Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9789774164842
eISBN:
9781617971082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774164842.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Describes and analyzes the use of styles of dress, music, and language in two films: Muhami khul' and Uridu khul'an, showing that these works of popular culture served to articulate a political ... More


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