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Different Systems, and What it Means

Throughout the semester, what always stuck out to me was how much of an auteur’s medium British television is compared to American television. Television in general is considered a writer’s medium compared to film, but it is still a very … Continue reading

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British and American TV: Different Journeys, Same Destination

After spending a semester studying British television, I think I was most surprised about the fact that the industry and production side of things are so remarkably different than in the United States, yet ultimately the creative product is not … Continue reading

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BGT Winning

Your final ratings update of the semester: Britain’s Got Talent crushed The Voice this weekend.

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More is Better with British TV

I came into the semester not having had very much experience with British television, and it seemed that experience was what I needed to grow in my appreciation of television from our friends across the pond. The more I watched … Continue reading

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That’s all, folks

This course was a great foray into understanding and enjoying British television, but in many ways, I thought it was even more interesting as a cultural study. TV, as the main populist form of entertainment in most countries, as it … Continue reading

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I have always had a lot invested within British culture…half of my relatives live in London, my mom grew up there, and by default I have a second passport that allows me to be a EU citizen. I remember growing … Continue reading

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News

Guess what, ratings are now falling for The Voice, and some are saying it’s because the judges are too nice. They just can’t make up their minds. Also, Channel 4 has ordered a full series of Ricky Gervais’s Derek.

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US-UK Comparisons

Here’s another comparison of UK and US TV, this one sparked by the Homeland finale. (Warning: If you haven’t watched Homeland yet and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read this)

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For the Harry Potter + Mad Men Fans Out There…

This could be pretty damn cool….http://collider.com/daniel-radcliffe-jon-hamm-miniseries/163524/

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I’ve Learned A Lot….

All I knew before I came into this class was that somewhere overseas there was a network called the BBC. I didn’t even know there was more than one! American television was my life and until this semester had never … Continue reading

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A final wrap-up

I have to admit that I originally darted into this class because I needed another elective to complete and fulfill my major requirements. I essentially new very little to nothing about British television, and therefore had basically no expectations for … Continue reading

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My Experience in British Television

Coming into this class, my favorite television shows were all American series – Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Lost, Friday Night Lights, and The Wire. The important common characteristic among these dramas was there serial nature. This “cinematized television” where … Continue reading

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Final Post

The main distinguishing factor of British television for me was its unique scheduling practices. Shows aren’t on at the same time every day, and with the short-run seasons sometimes appearing with breaks of multiple years, you can never really expect … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts

I think what strikes me the most about British TV–what ultimately is the most defining to me–is the way in which a series can be ended simply because the writer/creator feels he or she has no story left to tell. … Continue reading

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Final Reflections

I know this is basically a repeat of what has already been posted, but oh well. I actually wasn’t enrolled in this class until the night before the first class. I had absolutely no desire to watch/learn about/talk about British … Continue reading

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