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OCR GCSE Media Studies Television/Radio Comedy Overview Planner

Barry Rainsford | Monday June 27, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Radio, Radio Comedy, Television, Television Comedy

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  • OCR Television or Radio Comedy Overview Planner 2017.pdf

Introduction for Teachers

TV/RADIO COMEDY is a staple of media broadcasting. A genre evolved from a long tradition, it has come to be one of the most popular genre, accounting in its many sub-genre guises for so much of the output of TV channels across the globe. Its popularity makes it an interesting topic for study, inviting students to take their familiarity with the basic structures of Section A into deeper learning and understanding of how this appeal is constructed.

It is a product that has often been the source of many stereotypes, which, whilst not being invented by the genre have certainly been exploited by it. Undoubtedly, some of the shows your students will wish to study may cause you some trepidations as to content and values – Inbetweeners for sure, Fleabag absolutely - but in tackling and investigating these I have often found a more considered appreciation of the issues emerges. It is this willingness - to analyse, to challenge, to explore and to evolve understanding – that is, after all, why most of us are in this profession. To some extent, the sitcom – Till Death Us Do Part, Love Thy Neighbour, It Ain’t Half Hot Mom! – has always been a genre capable of provoking widespread discussion about their representations and our own values. They, more than any other genre, chart shifts in social acceptability and social mores.

Whatever its guises, the genre is a key element of the media and worthy of a great deal of our attention. For our students, TV and film are often the glossy attraction of studying this subject...


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