Module Information

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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at   Essay: 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students will be required to submit a new essay based on a new question or if the examination is failed, to resit during the Universitys resit period. 

Learning Outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module a student will be able:

- To demonstrate an awareness of the range of dramatic formats on television
- To show an analytical understanding of a range of televisual dramatic texts
- To critically evaluate discourses relating to the academic study of television drama
- To critically apply theoretical models of television theory to the television dramas studied.


The lectures, seminars and screening will study the history and development of British television drama. Questions such as authorship, notions of quality and the difference between naturalism and non-naturalism will be addressed.


This module builds upon the method used in the Part I television module and analyses the non-verbal structure of television writing. The main development of the module when compared with Part I lies not only in the quality of analysis required but more importantly, in the more comprehensive focus on individual 'authors' such as Potter and Bleasdale.

Reading List

General Text
Lena O, My Lena (Alun Owen); Up the Junction (Nell Dunn/Ken Loach); Boys from the Blackstuff (Alan Bleasdale); Cathy Come Home (Jeremy Sandford/Ken Loach); The Singing Detective (Dennis Potter); Prime Suspect (Lynda LaPlante); The Kingdom (Lars Von Trier) Primo search
Essential Reading
Cooke, Lez (2003) British Television Drama: a history London BFI Primo search
Supplementary Text
Brandt, George (ed.) (1981) British Television Drama CUP Primo search Brandt, George (ed.) (1993) British Television Drama in the 1980's CUP Primo search Brunsdon, Charlotte (1997) Screen Tastes: soap operas to satellite dishes Routledge Primo search Cook, John (1998) Dennis Potter: a life on screen MUP Primo search Corner, John (ed.) (1991) Popular Television in Britain: studies in cultural history BFI Primo search Creeber, Glen (1998) Dennis Potter: between two worlds. A critical reassessment. Macmillan Primo search Crisell, Andrew (1997) An Introduction History of British Broadcasting Routledge Primo search Dyer, Richard et al, (1981) Coronation Street BFI Primo search Ellis, John (1982) Visible Fictions Routledge Primo search Feuer, Jane (1995) Seeing Through the Eighties: television and Reaganism BFI Primo search Fiske, John (1987) Television Culture Routledge Primo search Gilbert, W. Stephen (1998) Fight and, Kick and Bite: the life and work of Denis Potter Hodder and Stoughton Primo search Goodwin, A. et al (1990) Drama-Documentary BFI Primo search Hartley, John (1992) Tele-ology Routledge Primo search Hill, John & McLoone, Martin (eds.) (1997) Big Picture, Small Screen: the relations between film and television Luton Press Primo search MacCabe, Colin (1986) High Theory, Low Culture: analysing popular television and film St Martin's Press Primo search McKnight, George (1997) Agent of Challenge and Defiance: the films of Ken Loach Flicks Books Primo search McQueen, David (1998) Television: a media student's guide Arnold Primo search Millington, Bob & Nelson, Robin (1986) Boys from the Blackstuff: the making of a television drama Comedia Primo search Nelson, Robin (1997) Television Drama in Transition: forms, values and cultural change Macmillan Primo search Paget, Derek (1990) True Stories? Documentary Drama on radio, screen, and stage MUP Primo search Potter, Denis (1986) The Singing Detective Faber Primo search Ridgman, Jeremy (ed.) (1998) Boxed Sets: television representations of theatre University of Luton Press Primo search Selby, Keith and Cowdery, Ron (1995) How to Study Television Macmillan Primo search Self, David (1984) Television Drama: an introduction Macmillan Primo search Shubik, Irene (1981) Play for Today: the evolution of television drama Davis-Poynter Primo search Stead, Peter (1993) Dennis Potter Seren Books Primo search Taylor, Don (1990) Days of Vision: working with David Mercer, Television Drama then and now Methuen Primo search Tulloch, John (1990) Television Drama, agency, audience and myth Routledge Primo search Wayne, Mike (ed.) (1998) Dissident Voices: the politics of television and cultural change Pluto Primo search Williams, Raymond (1990) Television: technology and cultural form Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6