Television Mythologies: Stars, Shows and Signs

By Masterman Len

Rating: 2 stars

I found this book of essays on television going cheap in a University Library book sale and picked it up out of curiosity. I found that a lot of it seemed to be pompous academic waffling, finding the symbolism in One Man and his Dog and so forth. It was written in the early ’80s and is very much of its time, with several essays talking about the then-contemporary miners’ strike.

A couple of the essays still have resonance today, such as the description of how the BBC and ITV treated the disturbance at Orgreave. The BBC often comes in for criticism — inevitable as it was the biggest target of its time, a slow-moving behemoth. Still, I’d be curious to read an updated version, since TV has changed so much in the 20+ years since this book was first published.

Book details

ISBN: 9780415037006
Publisher: Routledge
Year of publication: 1987

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