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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama A Grade Gender Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday September 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Sexuality A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Ethnicity A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday September 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Age A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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Holby City Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Medical Drama, Television Drama

Holby City is a BBC produced British Medical Drama set in the fictional Holby City Hospital near Bristol, close to the Welsh border. It concerns the lives and ups and downs of its staff, patients and Doctors and borrows heavily from the conventions of the soap opera (see Genre). Initially broadcast in January 1999 it is now currently in its 15th series and is aired weekly on a Tuesday night in 60 minute format in HD (from 2010) during prime time at 8pm – filming is all year...

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Glee Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Musical Drama, Television Drama

Glee is a successful US TV Drama hybridised with the genres of comedy and musical. It was first broadcast in 2009 by mainstream network, Fox Television and currently is in its 4th series evidencing critical and commercial success. The narrative involves aspirational recording artists and performers who have enrolled in Glee Club at the fictional William McKinley High School in Ohio. Glee Club is at the bottom of the social network in this particular school – everyone is...

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TV Drama and Web Based Drama Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 22, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Television, Television Drama

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Torchwood Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 20, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Television, Television Drama

Torchwood is a Science Fiction TV Drama created by Dr Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies. It is a sub genre of TV Drama as a result but to avoid confusion, Science Fiction is categorised as a genre in its own right with its own set of codes and conventions – to say Torchwood is a sub genre of TV Drama simply means it fundamentally follows the conventions of many TV Dramas but has tweaked the representations a little to give it a Science Fiction feel.

Russell T Davies...

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E20 Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 20, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Synergy, Web Based Drama, Television, Television Drama

For the exam students will need to know about the key differences and similarities between TV Drama and Web Based Drama so they can originate and develop their own ideas. Web Based Dramas are increasingly being produced as a result of funding issues – broadcasters are struggling to finance new ideas (produce and distribute new programmes). Production costs are increasing and for commercial broadcasters advertising revenue is falling. For many years as a result of channel...

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Downton Abbey Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 20, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Downton Abbey is a high production value (£1m per episode) TV Drama that belongs to the sub genre of Period Drama (itself a genre) – elaborate set and costume design and a large ensemble cast are key features along with clear intertextual references to the 1971 – 1975 originally ITV screened Period Drama but revived by the BBC, Upstairs Downstairs. It is set on a fictional estate (Downton Abbey) in the North Riding of Yorkshire and was created and written by Julian...

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2013 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 1-Year TV Drama Scheme »

Rob Miller | Monday August 20, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Scheme

  • 2013 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 1-Year TV Drama Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • Downton Abbey
  • E20
  • Torchwood
  • Doctor Who
  • The Tudors
  • Waterloo Road
  • Skins
  • Heroes
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exam.docx
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exam Mark Scheme.docx
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exemplar Response 1.docx
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exemplar Response 2.docx
  • TV Drama and Web Based Drama Quiz
  • Television Drama Codes & Conventions
  • Period Drama Codes & Conventions
  • Atonement
...[ read full article ] »

AQT Conventions »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, 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...
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Period Drama Codes & Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Genre, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Period Dramas are also known as Historical Dramas or Costume Dramas. Below are the typical codes and conventions of Period Dramas but also examples of key texts:

  • Elaborate costumes and sets to catch the ambience of a particular time period (stereotypically female audiences are attracted as much by the costumes as by the narrative content)
  • Multi stranded narrative based on character (each character has their own storyline)
  • Often part of a series (each episode has a three act...
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Television Drama Codes & Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Genre, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Sub Genres

Television Drama is a broad area of study covering a range of sub genres and even genres that would be considered to be a category of their own with their own codes and conventions. Some texts cross over different sub genres e.g. 24 is Crime Drama and Action Adventure. A generic, comprehensive list includes:

  • Period Drama | Emma, Downton Abbey, The Tudors, Mildred Pierce
  • Crime Drama | The Wire, Luther, Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes, Inspector George Gently, Jerry...
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Waterloo Road Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Waterloo Road is a television drama broadcast first on BBC1 in 2006 between 6pm and 7pm and currently (November 2011) is in its seventh series – two new series (8 and 9) have been commissioned for April 2012 after an explosive end to series seven when Linda, who is Head of English deliberately runs over the male head teacher, Michael Byrne after he ends their brief relationship. Waterloo Road is set in a troubled 11-18 comprehensive school in a deprived area of Rochdale,...

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2011-2014 OCR AS Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Tuesday December 06, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

H140

  • G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media (50%) and G322 Key Media Concepts (50%)
  • G322 Section A: TV Drama (52%) and Section B: Film Industry (50%) - 32 Week Scheme of Work

Overview

  • OCR A Level Media Studies Overview

Scheme

  • OCR AS Media Studies SOW 2011-2014.doc
  • OCR AS Media Studies Film Coursework.doc

Concepts

  • Media Language, Forms and Conventions (Media Language, Representation, Genre, Narrative)
  • Film Industry Institution
  • TV Drama and Representation
  • Research, Planning and...
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The Tudors Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 05, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Institutional Factors | Production and Historical Context

The Tudors is a critically and commercially successful Period Drama, (a sub genre of TV Drama), produced by an Independent Production Company, commissioned by the BBC and screened on BBC2 in October 2007 but originally shown on the American cable channel, Showtime. It ran for four seasons until 2010. Screenwriter Michael Hurst created the series, he had previously written Elizabeth, also commissioned by the BBC in 1998...

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2013 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 2-Year TV Drama Scheme »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 23, 2011

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Television, Television Drama

Scheme

  • 2013 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 2-Year TV Drama Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • Downton Abbey
  • E20
  • Torchwood
  • Doctor Who
  • The Tudors
  • Waterloo Road
  • Skins
  • Heroes
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exam.docx
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exam Mark Scheme.docx
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exemplar Response 1.docx
  • WJEC 2013 GCSE TV Drama Mock Exemplar Response 2.docx
  • TV Drama and Web Based Drama Quiz
  • Television Drama Codes & Conventions
  • Period Drama Codes & Conventions
  • Atonement
...[ read full article ] »

OCR AS G322 TV Drama Scheme »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 03, 2009

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Other Topics, Television, Television Drama

Getting Started on TV Drama

A Suggested Scheme of Work

In this section:

  • Getting started with unit G322 – TV drama
  • What do students need to be able to do?
  • TV drama background
  • Activity – quick textual analysis
  • Some theory
  • Shot analysis
  • Shot size
  • Camera angles
  • Framing
  • Mise-en-scène
  • Soundtrack
  • Postproduction
  • Activities


As a teacher you will be thinking about the structure of this two year course- see Course Structure. It’s a good idea to get started on an absolutely...

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Vampires Become Human? »

Nick Lacey | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Film, Horror, Key Concepts, Genre, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Television, Television Drama

Vampires don’t exist, unless they’re bats. However they are potent monsters that have been recently finding favour with audiences: the new independent-Hollywood Twilight franchise (2008-), based on Stephanie Meyer’s novels; the Swedish horror film Let the Right One In (2008), from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel; series one of the BBC3 genre hybrid series Being Human (2009). Genres need to evolve in order to remain fresh so it’s interesting to consider what’s new in...

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OCR A Level Media Studies Textual Analysis and Representation in TV Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday May 29, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Television, Television Drama

G322 Key Media Concepts

Textual Analysis and Representation in Television Drama

G322 EXAM

This unit has a two part exam.

In Section A of the exam students will view an unseen sequence from a television drama. They are asked to interpret the way representations are created by analysing content and media language – see week by week course plan and content on this site at TV Drama.

Section B is different. It is a compulsory question that focuses on media industries,...

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Skins Case Study »

Nick Lacey | Monday April 27, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Television, Television Drama

Kid’s Today! Skins: The Wild Bunch

To the horror of parents and the delight of just about everyone else, the TV drama Skins blew the lid off what untamed teenagers get up to when let off the leash. With the second series due, Cassandra Jardine went behind the scenes to meet the show’s surprisingly sensible cast and its frighteningly young writers. If you don’t want to know the score, look away now… (Jardine, 2008)

This standfirst (an introduction to an article...

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Life on Mars Case Study »

Nick Lacey | Friday April 24, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Trailer: BBC Extended

On 10 April 2007 Sam Tyler, the protagonist of Life on Mars (Kudos, 2006-07), committed suicide (or returned to 1973 depending on your viewpoint) in front of 7.7m viewers, a record for the serial in its final episode.

Although the first series of the classic police drama Z Cars (1962-78) reached nearly double that when it appeared, the 7.7m is a very respectable figure in the multi-channel environment of contemporary television. This popularity makes ...

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Heroes Case Study »

Nick Lacey | Friday April 24, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Television, Television Drama

One of the first lessons media students get to attend is ‘What are the key concepts?’. Then the rest of the students’ Media Studies life is spent applying them to media texts, issues and debates. Here we investigate what they can they tell us about Heroes (series 1, 2006-07).

Most media texts are commodities; that is they are produced to make money. This is probably most evident in American television where shows exist only if they get sufficient ratings.

The first...

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Doctor Who Cross Media Case Study »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday January 24, 2009

Categories: Television, Television Drama

A case study of Doctor Who as a cross media brand could look at ...

  • Broadcast fiction - new media impact on Doctor Who
  • The influence of Doctor Who on the genre of sci-fi in all media
  • Creating a popular brand – why has Doctor Who launched so much online activity and other media, and other series have not
  • Representation of women in Doctor Who assistants across media
  • A case study of the Doctor Who audience, including the influence of fans and internet forums
  • The impact...
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