A broken tradition: British telefantasy and children's television in the 1980s and 1990s

Peirse, Alison (2010) A broken tradition: British telefantasy and children's television in the 1980s and 1990s. Visual Culture in Britain, 11 (1). pp. 109-124. ISSN 1471-4787

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14714780903509888


This article examines a hitherto unexplored area of British television history: the relationship between telefantasy (a term that encompasses fantasy, science fiction and horror on television) and British television drama for children during the 1980s and early 1990s. It suggests that British telefantasy can be conceptualized as a broken tradition, with peaks marked not only in the family- and adult-orientated productions of the 1970s and late 1990s, but in children's drama from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Analysing the BBC serials The Box of Delights (1984), Dark Season (1991) and Century Falls (1993) in relation to their aesthetic, economic and generic contexts, this article explores a lost history of British telefantasy, not only adding to the existing literature on telefantasy, but also transforming it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: British, telvevision
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 10:29
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:55
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2022

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