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Transnational Television Drama

Special Relations and Mutual Influence between the US and UK


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Elke Weissmann
    Pages 1-14
  3. Elke Weissmann
    Pages 15-38
  4. Elke Weissmann
    Pages 95-116
  5. Elke Weissmann
    Pages 140-163
  6. Elke Weissmann
    Pages 186-192
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-225

About this book


This history of British and American television drama since 1970 charts the increased transnationalisation of the two production systems. From The Forsyte Saga to Roots to Episodes , it highlights the close relationship that drives innovation and quality on both sides of the Atlantic.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

About the authors

ELKE WEISSMANN is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Edge Hill University, UK. She is vice-chair of the television studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). The research presented here culminates work conducted during her employment as research fellow at the University of Reading for the AHRC-funded project 'British Television Drama and Acquired US Programmes, 1970-2000'.

Bibliographic information


'Perhaps one of the strongest points of this excellent book is the realization that despite many creative, industrial and socialcultural entwinements between the UK and US production cultures their output is, still, perceived, critiqued and marketed as a result of an outdated conception of producing entertainment from within and for a singular national culture.' - Kai Hanno Schwind, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television