Why are some controversial issues covered in TV soaps and dramas and not others? How are decisions really made 'behind the scenes'? How do programme makers push boundaries without losing viewers? What do audiences take away from their viewing experience? Does TV fiction have a greater impact on public understandings than TV news? This exciting new book draws on unique empirical data to examine the relationship between popular television fiction and wider society.
A much welcomed contribution to contemporary television research... An outstanding piece of research on an important and somewhat ignored area of television today.
At last a book that bridges the gulf between the study of political communication and television fiction, and between research into media production and audience responses. Lesley Henderson is both original and illuminating.
This is a very important book and is a rare event in media and cultural studies since its conclusions are based on extensive empirical work. It shows very convincingly the processes which underpin the production of television fiction and the powerful impacts which such programmes can have on public understanding.
The book is clearly written, and represents a valuable contribution to work on media fiction... Social Issues in Television Fiction should also serve as an ideal means to prompt students to become more interested in the process through which such programmes are produced, as well as the importance of understanding how such 'issues' are incorporated into serial drama, and take the shape which they do.
This groundbreaking book crosses the boundaries between media communication, television fiction and reception.
Social Issues in Television Fiction demostrates the value in adopting an empirical research methodology for studying social-issue storylines in television soap apera... provides a model for analysing television programmes , which might usefully be taken up with different social issues and other television fictions.