• Film theory & criticism
      November 2015

      Swedish crime fiction

      by Steven Peacock

    • The Arts
      November 2007

      Alan Bennett

      by Kara Mckechnie

    • The Arts
      May 2005

      Andrew Davies

      by Sarah Cardwell, Jonathan Bignell, Sarah Cardwell, Steven Peacock, Bethan Hirst

      One of Britain's foremost TV practitioners, Andrew Davies is the creator of programmes such as 'A Very Peculiar Practice', 'To Serve Them All My Days', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Othello' and 'The Way We Live Now'. Although best known for his adaptations of the work of writers such as Jane Austen and George Eliot, he has written numerous original drama series, single plays, films, stage plays and books. This volume offers a critical appraisal of Davies's work, and assesses his contribution to British television. Cardwell also explores the conventional notions of authorship and auteurism which are challenged by Davies's work. Can we identify Davies as the author of the varied texts attributed to him? If so, does an awareness of his authorial role aid our interpretation and evaluation of those texts? How does the phenomenon of adaptation affect the issue of authorship? How important is 'the author' to television? This book will appeal to both an academic readership, and to the many people who have taken pleasure in Davies's work. ;

    • The Arts
      September 2010


      by Steven Peacock

    • November 2011

      Lynda La Plante

      by Julia Hallam, Jonathan Bignell, Sarah Cardwell, Steven Peacock

      Lynda La Plante is Britain's most successful and well known screenwriter and the first woman to win the prestigious Dennis Potter writer's award. Attracting millions of viewers, the popular and critical success of La Plante's work is central t

    • The Arts
      October 2013

      Paul Abbott

      by Beth Johnson, Jonathan Bignell, Sarah Cardwell, Steven Peacock, Bethan Hirst

      Creator of television series such as Shameless, Clocking Off, State of Play, Reckless, Linda Green and Children's Ward, Paul Abbott is a British 'showrunner' and writer whose name and reputation for edgy, intelligent, successful and socio-political programmes holds significant weight both in the contemporary television industry and with the public. This is the first book-length academic study of the television programmes created, written by, and/or executive-produced, by Abbott. It is also the first academic study to attempt to consider his complete oeuvre. Within a broadly chronological structure this book elucidates, decodes and evaluates key examples of Abbott's output, exhibiting a vital evaluation of Abbott's work over the past three decades and assessing his contribution to British television. Engaging with thematic and ideological notions of the personal, the autobiographical, the honest, the shameless, the pleasurable and the painful recourse of the specificity of 'ordinary life', the volume seeks to combine close textual analysis of Abbott's work with archival research and specially commissioned interviews with Abbott and other important industry practitioners. ;

    • November 2011

      Trevor Griffiths

      by John Tulloch

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      March 2019

      TV antiquity

      by Sylvie Magerstädt, Steven Peacock

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