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The Television Handbook

4th Edition

© 2012 – Routledge

320 pages

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The Television Handbook is a critical introduction to the practice and theory of television. The book examines the state of television today, explains how television is made and how production is organised, and discusses how critical thinking about programmes and genres can illuminate their meanings. This book also explores how developments in technology and the changing structure of the television industry will lead the medium in new directions.

The Television Handbook gives practical advice on many aspects of programme making, from an initial programme idea through to shooting and the post-production process. The book includes profiles giving insight into how personnel in the television industry - from recent graduates to television executives - think about their work.

The Television Handbook offers chapters on the vigorous debates about what is meant by quality television, how news and factual programmes are responding to interactive technologies, and how formats such as Reality/Talent TV have risen in prominence. It also considers how drama, sport and music television can be discussed and interpreted.

The Television Handbook includes:

  • Profiles of TV news and drama producers, editors and TV studio personnel
  • Case histories of important TV genres and series
  • Practical programme making advice
  • Explanations of key theoretical perspectives in television studies

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Television in Transition 1. Television Today 2. Television Regulation 3 . Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) Part 2: Key Concepts 4. Genre 5. Approaches to Narrative 6. Music Television and Postmodernism 7. Schedule and Audience Part 3: Factual Television 8. Documentary 9. Reality TV 10. Making Factual Programmes Part 4: News and Sport 11. Television News 12. Television Sport Part 5: Television Drama 13. Drama and Quality 14. Realisms and Soaps 15. Drama Production: Scriptwriting 16. Crime Drama Part 6: Practical Programme Making 17. Production Kit 18. Framing and Shot Size 19. Lighting for Television 20. The Television Studio 21. Postproduction and Creative Editing 22. Working in Television 23. Television and the Law Glossary. Index

About the Originator

Jeremy Orlebar is an experienced radio and television producer, freelance writer and lecturer. He has over twenty five years experience with BBC radio and television producing and directing programmes. His previous publications include: Digital Television Production (2002) and The Practical Media Dictionary (2003).

About the Series

Media Practice

The Media Practice handbooks are comprehensive resource books for students of media and journalism, and for anyone planning a career as a media professional. Each handbook combines a clear introduction to understanding how the media work with practical information about the structure, processes and skills involved in working in today’s media industries, providing not only a guide on ‘how to do it’ but also a critical reflection on contemporary media practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies