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The TV Crime Drama

Sue Turnbull

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Maps the development of the crime drama on international television

As a genre, the television crime drama has long been a constant of the television landscape since it first migrated from film and radio onto the small screen in the 1950s. Since then, from Dixon of Dock Green to The Wire, from Minder to The Sopranos or Cracker to Dexter and The Killing, it has continued to attract large audiences even as the depiction of the crime, the perpetrators and the investigators may have changed. In order to track these changes, this book provides an historical analysis of the TV crime series as a genre by paying close attention not only to the nature of TV dramas themselves, but also to the context of production and reception.

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Contents

List of Figures and Images
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Promiscuous Hybrids
1. The Roots of Crime
2. Gritty realism: The British Police Procedural
3. Quality Control: The American Police Procedural
4. The Detective as Hero
5. The Specialists
6. Women and Crime
Conclusion: Coming up next….

About the Author

Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong. Her most recent publications include The Media and Communications in Australia (Allen and Unwin 2014) co-edited with Stuart Cunningham and Remembering Television (Cambridge Scholars Press 2012) with Professor Kate Darian-Smith. Sue is editor of the journal Media International Australia and joint editor of Participations: the Journal of Audience and Reception Studies.

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Sue Turnbull’s genealogy of television crime dramas is an examplar of how to write about not only television programs, but the content of entertainment more generally. Textually engaged but not textually deterministic, informed and passionate, this is a book written by someone who knows, loves and understands television crime series. Buy it – or steal it – now.

- Professor Alan McKee, Research Leader, School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts, QUT
'The depth of research is exemplary of the kind of deep analysis that helps show the inner workings of the genre, which, while also leavened with personal experiences, provides a well-rounded and accessible text.'
- James Shelton, Oxford Brookes University, New Review of Film and Television Studies

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