The Television Handbook
Series Editor: James Curran
Routledge – 2005 – 8 pages
Series: Media Practice
Updated to include information and discussion on new technologies and new critical ideas, Jonathon Bignell and Jeremy Orlebar present this excellent critical introduction to the practice and theory of television, which relates media studies theories and critical approaches to practical television programme making.
Featuring advice on many aspects of programme making, from initial ideas to post-production processes, and includes profiles to give insight into how people in the industry, from graduates to executives, think about their work.
With debates on what is meant by ‘quality’ television, key discussions include:
Part 1: Television Today 1. Media Literacy 2. The Political Landscape 3. Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) 4. The Widescreen World of Digital Technology Part 2: Working in Television 1. Production Jobs 2. Technical Jobs 3. Working in a Television Studio 4. Working in Postproduction Part 3: Television Theory 1. Genre and Format 2. Schedule and Audience 3. Approaches to Narrative 4. Factual Television: Tabloid TV? 5. Drama 6. News and Current Affairs: The public sphere 7. Sport 8. Music Video and Postmodernism Part 4: Idea to Image 1. Factual Programming 2. Fictional Programmes 3. Practical Programme Making 4. Television Framing and Shot Size 5. Television studio 6. Postproduction 7. Television Compliance Part 5: Future Shock 1. Overview 2. Programme Making in the Future