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A sense of placeRegional British television drama, 1956-82$
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Lez Cooke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086786

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086786.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
A sense of place

Lez Cooke

Manchester University Press

The introduction sets out the case for a study of regional television drama, at a time of significant change in the ecology of British broadcasting, and considers perspectives on regional broadcasting, in the light of the impact of global media culture on regional and local broadcasting. It defines regional TV drama, making a distinction between dramas set in the regions (but produced in London) and dramas produced in the regions. It outlines the aims of the thesis: to examine the representation of regional culture and regional identity, to examine the policies of regional broadcasters, to analyse the aesthetic strategies adopted by the makers of regional drama, to explore the relationship between regional theatre and regional TV drama, and to consider the current situation and future possibilities for regional TV drama.

Keywords:   Regional television, Definitions, Historical research

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