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“Complex TV”: television drama in the twenty-first century

Publication date: Mar 19, 2013 1:15:37 PM

Start: Mar 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Location: UCL Main Campus, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

In recent years, the television drama series has undergone radical development, both in terms of series-creators’ ambitions for the medium and the levels of expectation of the audience. Episodic storylines have increasingly expanded into season-long arcs, allowing for a far greater subtlety to narratives, which are no longer dependent upon satisfying the casual viewer. Instead changes in distribution – DVD boxsets, online viewing and cable networks such as HBO and AMC – have created a culture in which complexity is increasingly important to TV, impacting upon how one should create and watch a series.

This change has been mirrored by a rise in academic TV criticism, both of specific series and wider theories of television narrative. ‘“Complex TV”: television drama in the twenty-first century’ offers UCL graduate students and staff from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities the opportunity to present on and discuss a medium which has garnered increasing acclaim but is frequently underrepresented in traditional academia.

The seminar series aims to address a range of TV drama series which have been significant in shaping the medium in the twenty-first century. Beginning with The Sopranos and concluding with Breaking Bad, the seminars will consider television series produced in Denmark, France, Israel, the UK and the USA, addressing the international phenomenon that the TV drama has become.

Seminars will all run from 6.00 - 8.00pm and will take the format of one or two 30-minute papers, followed by an hour's discussion. 

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact George Potts or join our facebook group.

Seminars:

Date
Topic Speakers
Location

25 March

6.00 - 8.00pm

The Sopranos George Potts and Dr Michael Sayeau
Foster Court 114

17 April

6.00 - 8.00pm

Six Feet Under
Roberta Klimt and Dr Michael Sayeau
Foster Court 114


24 April

6.00 - 8.00pm

Sherlock
Dr Benjamin Poore (University of York) and Tom Ue

Foster Court 130

1 May

6.00 - 8.00pm

The Wire
Dr Stephanie Bird and Luke Richardson
Foster Court 130

8 May

6.00 - 8.00pm

Spiral (Engrenages)

Dr Matthew Ingleby and

Dr Jann Matlock

Foster Court 235

15 May

6.00 - 8.00pm

Deadwood
Marc Farrant (London Graduate School)

Foster Court 130

22 May

5.00 - 7.00pm

Prisoners of War (Hatufim)
Dr Tsila Ratner
Foster Court 130


29 May

6.00 - 8.00pm

The Killing (Forbrydelsen)
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
Malet Place Eng 1.20

5 June

6.00 - 8.00pm

 Breaking Bad

Professor Philip Horne and

Dr Michael Sayeau

Malet Place Eng 1.20

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