Locating Regional Production

  • Ruth McElroyEmail author
  • Caitriona Noonan


This chapter argues for the significance of regional television drama production, offering a critical paradigm for understanding the intersection of the local and global in TV production. Television drama’s significance lies partly in how it locates itself in different cultural geographies, economic landscapes and sociolinguistic communities. For both broadcasters and audiences, drama’s cultural value is closely associated with its representational power to visualise distinct locales and the people and stories which make places meaningful and diverse. Focusing on UK public service broadcasting, this chapter demonstrates how the appearance of certain places on screen is not a matter of happenstance but is rather the product of myriad policy, commercial, regulatory and creative decisions. Place is examined in three contexts: firstly, as a feature of the regulatory and structural organisation of UK production; secondly, in relation to the specific public purposes of the BBC as the UK’s largest public service broadcaster and commissioner of television drama; and thirdly, as a quality marker of creative production, the effects of which are discernible visually and aurally on screen.


Place Policy Crime drama Devolution Production quotas Landscape Language ‘Lift and shift’ 


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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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