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Viewing entries from category: Television Situation Comedy

An Introduction to Situation Comedy »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday June 15, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Other Topics, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

‘The focus of this examination is institutional/ scheduling issues and audience pleasures. These pages on sit-com provide a background only to the topic. The specific issues of institution/scheduling and audience pleasures in relation to sit-com will need to be taught separately.’

Brief Definition

The British TV sitcom is a television series that derives humour from the same characters in a fixed location exploring a variety of comic plotlines including...

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TV Comedy Quiz »

Rob Miller | Monday February 18, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Television, Television Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

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Gavin and Stacey Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 17, 2012

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

Gavin and Stacey is a British Situation Comedy made by Independent Production Company, Baby Cow Productions for BBC Wales between 2007 and 2010. Only 20 episodes were written and as such, and similar to Fawlty Towers in the 1970s (12 episodes) the Sitcom is already developing iconic status and is subject to many repeats and re-runs on channels including BBC3 (the original broadcast channel) and Gold. Calls for its return to the screen are apparent from a host of loyal fans...

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Action Adventure, TV and Radio Comedy Quiz »

Rob Miller | Saturday September 01, 2012

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Radio, Radio Comedy, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Television Quiz Shows, Television Situation Comedy

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Situation Comedy Genre »

Rob Miller | Wednesday April 25, 2012

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Genre, Hot Entries, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

History and Context

Distant ancestors of Punch and Judy shows, Situation Comedies originated, as with much TV Comedy in part on the radio in the 1920s and 1930s. Due however to the exclusive nature of ‘the situation’ and the concept of visual audience identification it remains fundamentally a successful audio-visual sub genre – Hancock’s Half Hour is a notable exception to this in the 1950s transferring successfully from radio to television.

Situation Comedies are a...

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Trollied Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday April 25, 2012

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

Trollied is a Situation Comedy set in a fictional supermarket, Valco in the north-west, specifically Warrington in Cheshire. It is broadcast on a Monday night at 9pm and more unusually it is on Sky 1 (it is rare for Sky 1 to commission programmes from the Sitcom genre). Trollied is repeated immediately after on Sky 2 at 10pm. In its classic 30 minute format it follows some genre conventions but offers post watershed representations.

The programme is produced by Independent...

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Outnumbered Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday August 26, 2011

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Television Situation Comedy, Theory, Audience Theory

Outnumbered is a successful British Situation Comedy (Sitcom) named so simply because the two parental central protagonists, ‘Sue’ and ‘Pete’ are outnumbered by their three children. It is set in West London and although on the surface offers pluralistic representations in the guise of their unruly children who often intellectually challenge their parents it very much follows a standard genre template established by family based Sitcoms like Butterflies and My Family....

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Situation Comedy & Flight of the Conchords »

Stephen Hill | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: Television, Situation Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

Click on the link below to download a PDF booklet you can print out.

Situation_Comedy_-_Flight_of_the_Conchords.pdf




Genre & Situation Comedy »

Stephen Hill | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Genre, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

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Genre_and_Sitcom.pdf




Sit Com »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday June 03, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

Sitcom is a genre which has remained successful by reacting to the changing contexts of the times in which it is produced, as well as more recently experimenting with hybridisation in order to attract its audiences.  (Depending on how much time you wish to spend, you could show either clips or episodes, and I have suggested suitable episodes which should be readily available on DVD or possibly Youtube.)

Rooted in the radio variety shows of the 1940s and 1950s, with texts...

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