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Social Issues in Television Fiction$
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Lesley Henderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625314

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625314.001.0001

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Social Issues, Production and Genre

Social Issues, Production and Genre

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(p.109) Chapter 6 Social Issues, Production and Genre
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Social Issues in Television Fiction
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Lesley Henderson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625314.003.0006

This chapter reflects on the significance of genre and substantive topic. It discusses the experiences of television personnel involved in developing storylines concerning mental distress in medical drama and in reporting on mental distress for documentary television series. This highlights how certain genres may open up different possibilities. Production priorities of narrative pace, audience ratings and constraints from senior management are considered along with the different issues involved in the production of factual television, such as ‘casting’ users of services in programmes.

Keywords:   genre, mental distress, medical drama, documentary television series, narrative pace, audience ratings, constraints, factual television

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