Civilisation and the Rise of the Television Blockbuster Documentary

Irwin, Mary (2017) Civilisation and the Rise of the Television Blockbuster Documentary. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 14 (3). pp. 361-376. ISSN 1743-4521

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This article examines how Civilisation created a formula for putting together and presenting documentary series on British television using expensive production values and a well-respected presenter to introduce serious cultural content. It explores the international and historic impact of Civilisation, which became the blueprint for a whole range of popular, high-budget, internationally co-produced documentary series from the early 1970s onwards: the ‘blockbuster documentary’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts programming, BBC2, Civilisation, David Attenborough, John Berger, Kenneth Clark, Monitor, Ways of Seeing
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 08:39
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 18:49

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