4th Edition

An Introduction to Television Studies

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after July 1, 2021
ISBN 9781138665828
July 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
348 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

An Introduction to Television Studies provides students with a comprehensive framework for understanding the key concepts and main approaches to television studies. Topics covered include: audience research, television history and broadcasting policy and the analytical study of individual programmes.

Updates to this 4th edition will include:

  • new case studies throughout, including Game of Thrones and Sherlock
  • greater discussion of HBO, Netflix, and other premium delivery services
  • new material on convergence of television with digital and online technologies
  • expanded coverage of audience studies and fandom, exploring areas such as ‘cosplay’.



Jonathan Bignell is Professor of Television and Film at the University of Reading, UK. He is the author of Beckett on Screen: The Television Plays, Media Semiotics: An Introduction, Big Brother: Reality TV in the Twenty-first Century and Postmodern Media Culture, and co-author of The Television Handbook, 2nd edition. He is the editor of Writing and Cinema, and joint editor of Popular Television Drama and British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future.