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Palgrave Macmillan

Television and British Cinema

Convergence and Divergence Since 1990

ISBN 9781137311160
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Hannah Andrews provides a timely and thorough investigation of the changing relationship between television and cinema in Britain since 1990. She explores the process of convergence, in terms of both the intermedial relationship between closely related cultural forms, and the involvement of institutions of television in the British film industry. Rather than view convergence as a byproduct of digitalization, Andrews argues for a longer history of analogue convergence, manifested in, for example, the use of television as an alternative exhibition platform for British cinema, or the broadcast of feature-length filmed television dramas traditionally conceptualized as 'plays' rather than films. Television and British Cinema demonstrates how these processes of convergence have been met with equally strong rhetorical 'divergence', the use of presentational devices or discursive framing to distinguish film from television. The book discusses the role of television institutions in these processes, focusing on a period in which the relationship between film and television in the UK developed into a symbiosis.

Hannah Andrews is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of York, UK. She completed her PhD at the University of Warwick, UK, and was subsequently an Early Career Fellow at Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study.

Introduction: The Contexts of Convergence
1. Film and Television Drama: The Making of a Relationship
2. Television as Film, Film as Television: Broadcasting cinema in the 1990s
3. Commercialism and Quality: Television Institutions and the British Film Industry, 1998 - 2002
4. Digital Departures: Television Institutions and Low-budget Production
5. 'Great Films You Know, Great Films You Don't': The Birth and Life of the FilmFour Digital Channel
6. New Logics of Convergence: Film Through Online Television
7. Conclusion: Convergence and Divergence Now
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