Free Book Online
Book Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

Pdf

Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

2.5 (2353)

Log in to rate this item

    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Joseph Oldham(Author)

    Book details


The spy and conspiracy genres are two of British television’s most enduring and memorable traditions. This book provides the most extensive historical account of both to date, tracing a lineage from 1960s Cold War series through 1980s conspiracy dramas to contemporary ‘war on terror’ thrillers. It argues that on-screen depictions of the intelligence services can be interpreted as metaphors for the production cultures that created the programmes, meditating on the roles and responsibilities of public institutions whose trade is information and ideas. 

The book incorporates close analyses of numerous classic series, including CallanThe Sandbaggers, Edge of DarknessA Very British CoupSpooks and the BBC adaptation of John Le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, supported by new archival research. It situates its account against the aesthetic, institutional and technological shifts that occurred in British television drama as it transitioned from its traditional public-service principles to the more commercial priorities of the multi-channel era. At the same time, it tracks the real history of British intelligence through consideration of how such programmes responded to key scandals, exposés and counterblast campaigns of transparency and openness.

Paranoid visions will be an invaluable resource for television scholars seeking a new perspective on the history of television drama and intelligence scholars seeking an analysis of the popular representation of espionage with a strong political focus, as well as fans of cult British television and general readers interested in British cultural history.

Joseph Oldham is Associate Fellow in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick -- .

2.2 (11274)
  • Pdf

*An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Formats for this Ebook

PDF
Required Software Any PDF Reader, Apple Preview
Supported Devices Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch.
# of Devices Unlimited
Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Book details

  • PDF | 234 pages
  • Joseph Oldham(Author)
  • Manchester University Press (30 Jun. 2017)
  • English
  • 9
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

Read online or download a free book: Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

 

Review Text

  • By P. J. Dunn on 22 July 2017

    Pricey for 218 pages, but that is what you have to expect with relatively short print run academic texts. It is great on Callan and Sandbaggers, Indeed I can't recall any other book giving as much (highly deserved) attention to Sandbaggers TV show.. However McGoohan fans will find just one Prisoner reference and just a handful of Danger Man ones. The authour provides some interesting academic analysis setting each series against the evolving media and public perception of the UK intelligence services. Do be warned however that this is not one for fans interested in detailed back stage stories of the production, cast and crew of any of the TV series that are featured in the book.


  • Name:
    Email*:
    The message text*: