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Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT), Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

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Examples

Dexter | 24 | CSI | NCIS | Bones | Cold Case | Monk | Sopranos

Codes and Conventions

  • High production values
  • Star marketing
  • Multi-stranded narrative
  • Use of narrative enigma
  • Takes risks but arguably USP is predictable
  • Character driven (ensemble cast)
  • Often controversial narratives
  • Has pedigree – critically acclaimed
  • “Upscale, well educated, urban dwelling 25-45? (Aspirers)
  • Literary and self-conscious (understands the market and intertextuality)
  • Often broadcast on Sky One but not exclusively e.g. C5, Living, Sky Two, E4, C4
  • Sometimes criticised for low audience figures
  • ‘Must see TV’
  • Conflict – commercial success / critical success
  • Successful DVD sales (ABC1 target audience)
  • Post watershed, often after 10pm (graphic)
  • Clustering – Sky One / FX (Bones / Cold Case)
  • Cinematic representations – split screen editing, long takes, shot on 35mm (transferred to video), primary audience engagement, extensive camera movement/angle/low key lighting, filters, CGI/SFX, slow motion, aerial shots

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