Paranoid visions: Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama by Joseph OldhamParanoid visions: Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama by Joseph Oldham

Paranoid visions: Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama

byJoseph Oldham

Hardcover | July 30, 2017

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Paranoid Visions explores the history of the spy and conspiracy genres on British television, from 1960s Cold War series through 1980s paranoid conspiracy dramas to contemporary "war on terror" thrillers. It analyses classic dramas including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Edge of Darkness, A VeryBritish Coup and Spooks. These are situated against British television's transition from traditional public service principles to the more commercial priorities of the multi-channel era, and also mapped to the real history of British intelligence through key scandals and exposes and campaigns oftransparency and openness. This book will be an invaluable resource for television scholars interested in a new perspective on the history of television drama and intelligence scholars seeking an analysis of the popular representation of espionage with a strong political focus, as well as fans of cult British television andgeneral readers interested in British cultural history.

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Joseph Oldham is an Associate Fellow in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick.
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Title:Paranoid visions: Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television dramaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:July 30, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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