Why are some controversial issues covered in TV soaps and dramas
and not others? How are decisions really made 'behind the scenes'?
How do programme makers push boundaries without losing viewers?
What do audiences take away from their viewing experience? Does TV
fiction have a greater impact on public understandings than TV
news? This exciting new book draws on unique empirical data to
examine the relationship between popular television fiction and
wider society.The book gives lively and engaging insights into how
and why socially sensitive story lines were taken up by different
TV programmes from the late 1980s to the 2000s. Drawing on a series
of case studies of medicine, health, illness and social problems
including breast cancer, mental distress, sexual abuse and violence
it comprehensively traces the path of storylines from initial
conception through to audience reception and uses contemporary
examples to link practice to theory. For the first time, this book
addresses production and reception processes across a range of
programmes and clearly demonstrates the ways in which television
fiction plays a vital and powerful role in reflecting and shaping
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