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British TV Comedies

Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies

  • Jürgen Kamm
  • Birgit Neumann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: The Aesthetics and Politics of British TV Comedy

    1. Jürgen Kamm, Birgit Neumann
      Pages 1-20
  3. The 1950s and 1960s: Beginnings of the British Sitcom and the Satire Boom

  4. The 1970s and 1980s: New Loyalties, Histories and Collective Identities — Post-familiar Paradigms

  5. The 1990s: (Un)doing Gender and Race

About this book


This collection offers an overview of British TV comedies, ranging from the beginnings of sitcoms in the 1950s to the current boom of 'Britcoms'. It provides in-depth analyses of major comedies, systematically addressing their generic properties, filmic history, humour politics and cultural impact.


Television British British Television Comedy TV Comedy Britcom Sitcom Politics of Humour Class Race Gender Sexuality Transgression Cultural Concepts Seriality Contexts Controversies politics television

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Kamm
    • 1
  • Birgit Neumann
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PassauGermany
  2. 2.University of DüsseldorfGermany

About the editors

Stephen Bourne, De Montfort University, UK Alexander Brock, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Paul Davies, University of Passau, Germany Rainer Emig, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany Marion Gymnich, University of Bonn, Germany John Hill, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Mary Irwin, Northumbria University, UK Philip Jacobi, University of Passau, Germany Juergen Kamm, University of Passau, Germany Stephan Karschay, University of Passau, Germany Richard Kilborn, University of Stirling, UK Lucia Krämer, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany Angela Krewani, Marburg University, Germany Bernd Lenz, University of Passau, Germany Oliver Lindner, University of Leipzig, Germany Brett Mills, University of East Anglia, UK Birgit Neumann, University of Duesseldorf, Germany Deirdre Osborne, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK Nora Plesske, TU Braunschweig, Germany Anette Pankratz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany Joanna Rostek, University of Passau, Germany Gerold Sedlmayr, TU Dortmund University, Germany Eckart Voigts, TU Braunschweig, Germany Dorothea Will, University of Passau, Germany

Bibliographic information


“This volume is sensitive to identity formations involving social class, gender, ethnicity, race, and factory labour. … The transnational authors of British TV Comedies, British and German, building on this expanding research, have elevated television comedy to a medium worthy of transcultural, cultural and political consideration for scholarly and general audiences.” (Marcia Landy, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Issue 2, September, 2016)