Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Lecture 1 x 1 hour per week
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar 1 x 1 hour per week
Other 1 x 10 hours, viewings.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2000-word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x 3000-word essay  60%
Supplementary Assessment Assessed work will be resubmitted on a different topic 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

The subject matter of this module will be the emergence of broadcasting in the UK from the 1920s, the structures it developed and the forces which shaped its output. It will move on to a discussion of the development of television, both the BBC and ITV, situating these firmly within the context of historical understanding of the development of UK society. The content of the lectures will be discussed and developed in the seminars.


The aim of this module, in addition to being part of the overall degree scheme is to provide students of Television with a knowledge of the development of broadcasting in the UK, and in particular of television, up to 1977. It will enable students to understand the historical development of broadcasting, engage with historical and critical debates about that process, and learn to critically evaluate these debates.


Lecture and seminar content:

Origins of Television
Pre-War TV Service
The debate over TV up to 1946
The origins of commercial TV;
The BBC and ITV in the 1950s;
Class, culture and Television in the 1960s;
The Pilkington report;
Censorship and television in the 1960s and 1970s;
The breakdown of consensus over TV in the 1970s;
The nature and importance of the Annan Report ( 1977)
The content of the lectures will be discussed and developed in the seminars.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number An understanding of some aspects of the application of number, i.e. some experience reading and interpreting tabulated data.
Communication Skills of oral communication will be developed in the seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance The work in seminars, and the reading will cumulatively aid students in developing across the course. As will feedback on Essay 1.
Information Technology Students will have to use IT in their essay preparation and research.
Personal Development and Career planning Not developed
Problem solving Students will explore problems in the history of broadcasting which will be developed through seminars and coursework.
Research skills In addition to developing a critical understanding of the methods used to write broadcasting history, students will be directed as to how to conduct bibliographical research on their subjects. This will be reflected in their essays
Team work Seminar work will be conducted in groups.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Sendall, B. (1983) Indpendent Television in Britain: Volume 2, Expansion and Change, 1958-68 2 Macmillan Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5