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Social Issues in Television Fiction

Lesley Henderson


Why are some controversial issues covered in TV soaps and dramas and not others? How are decisions really made ‘behind the scenes’? How do programme makers push boundaries without losing viewers? What do audiences take away from their viewing experience? Does TV fiction have a greater impact on public understanding than TV news? This book draws on unique empirical data to examine the relationship between popular television fiction and wider society. It gives insights into how and why socially sensitive story lines were taken up by different TV programmes from the late 1980s to the 2000s. Drawi ... More

Keywords: controversial issues, TV soaps, TV drama, TV news, medicine, health, social problems, cancer, sexual abuse, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625314
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesley Henderson, author