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State of Play: Contemporary 'High-end' TV Drama

Robin Nelson


This book updates and develops the arguments of TV drama in transition (1997). It sets its analysis of the aesthetics and compositional principles of texts within a broad conceptual framework (technologies, institutions, economics, cultural trends). Tracing ‘the great value shift from conduit to content’ (Todreas, 1999), the book's view is relatively optimistic about the future quality of TV drama in a global market-place. But, characteristically taking up questions of worth where others have avoided them, it recognises that certain types of ‘quality’ are privileged for viewers able to pay, po ... More

Keywords: value shift, TV drama, global market-place, quality, viewer preference, television, aesthetics of texts, institutions, economics, cultural trends

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719073106
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719073106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Nelson, author