Science, Entertainment and Television Documentary

  • Vincent Campbell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Vincent Campbell
    Pages 63-93
  3. Vincent Campbell
    Pages 95-124
  4. Vincent Campbell
    Pages 125-154
  5. Vincent Campbell
    Pages 185-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-228

About this book


The shift from traditional documentary to “factual entertainment” television has been the subject of much debate and criticism, particularly with regard to the representation of science. New types of factual programmes, mixing documentary techniques with those from entertainment formats like drama, game-shows and reality TV, using spectacular visual effects produced by Computer Generated Imagery, and often blurring the boundaries between mainstream science and popular beliefs have sometimes come in for strident criticism. This books explores these issues, conducting close analysis of programmes across a range of sciences to see if criticisms of them as representing the “rotting carcass of science TV” are valid, or whether, when considered in relation to the principles, practices and communication strategies of different sciences they can be seen to offer a more complex and richer set of representations of science which construct them as objects of wonder, awe and the sublime.


science communication television documentary factual entertainment media studies film studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Vincent Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.LeicesterUnited Kingdom

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