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Critical Studies in Television: scholarly studies of small screen fictions
Editorial board: Kim Akass, Stephen Lacey, David Lavery, Janet McCabe, Robin Nelson and Rhonda V. Wilcox.

 

British TV Drama and US Imports: the Transnational Viewing Experience

Friday 7 September 2007

A one-day symposium organised by the Centre for Television Drama Studies at the University of Reading, under the auspices of the AHRC-funded project British TV Drama and Acquired US Programmes 1970-2000.

American television drama has been a staple in the schedules of British television since the 1950s. It is popular with viewers who have experienced dramas like Kojak, Dallas, The X-Files and Six Feet Under in a very particular British context which fundamentally determines how these programmes are received. The academic debate, after a flurry of work produced in the 1980s and 1990s, has in recent time given little scope to an exploration of issues revolving around these transformation and interpretation processes. Keeping in mind that programmes are screened and watched within a particular (national and local) context, this symposium seeks to address what role overseas programmes fulfil for broadcasters and how the national context affects the viewing experience.

Provisional Schedule

9.00-9.30am        Registration

9.30-10.30am      Keynote Speaker 1: Prof. Jeanette Steemers

Professor Steemers will present a paper that updates her seminal book Selling Television (2004) which examines how television programmes are marketed and sold to foreign television cultures.

10.30-11.00am  Coffee

11.00-12.30pm    Panel 1. US Television Drama and Foreign Broadcasters

a)      Faye Woods, 'US Teen Drama on T4'

b)      Rakesh Kaushal 'US Drama on British Television: A Comparative Analysis of 1984 and 2004'

c)      Ken Murphy, 'Dramatising the Republic: American political drama, RTE and Irish public life'

12.30-1.45pm    Lunch

1.45-3.45pm      Panel 2. The Transnational Context of TV Drama

a)      Jonathan Stubbs, 'Repackaging Gulliver's Travels'

b)      Alison Peirse, 'Assimilating Horror Television'

c)      Simone Knox, 'The Standard by which other Programming Should be Measured'

d)      Paul Kerr, 'Hill Street Blues to Holby Blue'

3.45-4.15pm      Coffee

4.15-5.15pm      Keynote Speaker 2: Dr Marie Gillespie

Marie Gillespie will reflect on her groundbreaking book Television, Ethnicity and Cultural Change (1995) and examine how audiences make use of television programmes and advertising that reflects their particular cultural needs.

5.15-6.00pm Drinks/ End of Conference

 

For further information and the registration form, please contact Elke Weissmann via email: e.weissmann@reading.ac.uk or see: www.reading.ac.uk/fd/research/transnationalviewing.htm