Docudrama on European Television

A Selective Survey

  • Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann
  • Derek Paget

Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)

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About this book


This book explores docudrama as a creative response to troubled times. With generic characteristics formed via traditions in theatre as well as film, and with claims to fact underscored by investigative journalism, television docudrama examines key events and personalities in unfolding national histories. Post-Fall of the Berlin Wall, docudrama has become a means for nations to work through traumatic experiences both within national borders and Europe-wide. In this regard, it is an important genre for television networks as they attempt to make sense of complex current events. These authors offer a template for further study, and point towards ways in which European television cultures beyond those discussed here might be considered in the future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann
    • 1
  • Derek Paget
    • 2
  1. 1.Hebrew University of Jerusalem JerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.University of Reading ReadingUnited Kingdom

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