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From re-runs of 'TV classics' like The Avengers or Starsky and Hutch , to soundtracks, club nights and film remakes such as Mission Impossible II , the action series is enjoying a popular revival. Yet little attention has been paid to the history, nature and enduring appeal of the action series,…read more

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"...Gianakos has done for television what Roget did for the Thesaurus and Bartlett did for Familiar Quotations. He has codified the industry, brought order out of chaos, made sense of what for decades was insensible. He is a pioneer, and his works will have a significant effect for…read more

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This book is the first scholarly exploration of the daytime serial television drama. The primary focus is on the social world as reflected in soap operas. Among the major areas examined within the society of daytime drama are the people, their problems, environment, and interactions.read more

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Masterpiece Theatre, the popular British-made series that enjoyed a long and successful run on public television, is regarded by many as the standard against which all "quality" programs should be measured. In this study, Laurence Jarvik provides insight into the many forces that shaped the…read more

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Part of Praeger's Media and Society Series, this contributed volume is the only collection of essays on television authorship. It includes work of some of the most prominent scholars in television studies. Rather than assigning one author to individual television texts, the contributors probe the…read more

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"...Gianakos has done for television what Roget did for the Thesaurus and Bartlett did for Familiar Quotations. He has codified the industry, brought order out of chaos, made sense of what for decades was insensible. He is a pioneer, and his works will have a significant effect for…read more

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This book identifies, documents, and analyzes the major dimensions of U.S. prime-time TV content. By exmining fictional TV series run in prime-time and on Saturday mornings over three seasons, the author and his research team have put together a fascinating study of American society according to…read more

Television in Europe

by Eli Noam|

October 1, 1994

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Like its companion volume, Telecommunications in Europe, this book deals with the evolution of powerful monopoly institutions in the communications field--the public broadcasters--and the dramatic changes that took place in the late 1980s throughout Europe, and transformed the media landscape. It…read more

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Skilful lighting involves a subtle blend of systematic mechanics and a sensitive visual imagination. It requires anticipation, perceptiveness, patience and know-how. But learning through practice alone can take a great deal of time. This book is a distillation of many years' experience, with…read more

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The ten years following the end of the Second World War were critical years in the history of British broadcasting. They witnessed the rise of television and the end of the BBC's monopoly. This fourth volume of Asa Briggs's detailed study is based on a mass of hitherto unexplored documentary…read more

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The actors volume of The Complete Actors' Television Credits chronicles the individual performances of 1,587 performers from 1948 to 1988, listing their credits for all network, syndicated, and cable entertainment programs (including cartoon, pilot, variety, telefilm, and documentary credits).…read more

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Television news made meteoric progress in the 1950s. It rose from being a plaything for the rich to a major factor in informing the American public, and an aggressive rival to newspapers, radio, and news magazines. This volume is an insider's account of the arduous and frequently critical steps…read more