Writing for the Medium
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Writing for the Medium

By Thomas Elsaesser
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This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.

Deze verzameling essays door bekende auteurs op het gebied van 'schrijven voor televisie', is verdeeld in drie delen, met het eerste toegewijd aan de debatten over kwaliteitstelevisie. Het tweede deel concentreert zich op literatuur en televisie. De laatste onderzoekt ' Wetenschap op televisie', met serieredacteurs uit Groot-Brittannië en Duitsland, die uit de eerste hand vertellen over aan welke eisen 'wetenschap op televisie' dient te voldoen.

Table of Contents
  • Writing for the Medium: Television in Transition
    • CONTENTS
    • General Introduction
    • Part 1 - Quality Television
      • Introduction
      • Television in the Age of Consensus without Sense
      • ‘Quality’ Television
      • Quality Television in The Netherlands: Some Hopeful Reflections on Breaking the Taboo
      • On the Quality of Soap
      • Zapping One’s Way into Quality: Arts Programmes on TV
      • Definitions of Quality
      • Questionable Quality or the Undiscoverable Quality of Television
    • Part 2 - Literature on Television
      • Introduction
      • The Novelist and Television Drama
      • On Achieving Good Television
      • Speaking to Nations
      • Television and Literature
      • Literature after Television: Author, Authority, Authenticity
      • Unwritable Films, Unfilmable Texts?
    • Part 3 - Science on Television
      • Introduction
      • Gee-Wizards of the Box?
      • Science on Television
      • On Being God and Darwin
      • Citizen Scientist or A Dinosaur for All Seasons?
      • Science and Technology on TV: Four European Countries Compared
    • Selected Bibliography
    • The Contributors
    • The Editors
    • Film Culture in Transition: on the series
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