• Ruth McElroyEmail author
  • Caitriona Noonan


This book is a critical response to a moment of profound change in the production and distribution of television drama. Drama content is central to the strategic aspirations of broadcasters, independent production companies and policy-makers helping them to deliver on a range of economic, cultural and political goals. Our analysis foregrounds power and sustainability as two significant terms that merit sustained critique and which underpin contemporary television drama production. This chapter outlines the novel methodological approaches adopted when conducting the many years of original empirical research with television drama professionals which underpins this book’s contribution to the field. We offer a rich and in-depth analysis of contemporary television drama production in the UK, merging global and transnational trends with the enduring significance and value of local production.


Television drama Production Distribution Public service broadcasting Empirical research Sustainability Value 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Creative IndustriesUniversity of South WalesCardiffUK
  2. 2.School of Journalism, Media and CultureCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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