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Adapting Television Drama

Theory and Industry

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Develops understanding of television drama adaptation as a unique production process

  • Examines the ‘adaptations’ of contemporary television drama production in their various forms

  • Explores the current phase of necessary adaptation in the handling of equality, diversity and inclusion

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture (PSADVC)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Producing Adaptations

    • Christopher Hogg
    Pages 17-67
  3. Writing Adaptations

    • Christopher Hogg
    Pages 69-128
  4. Designing and Directing Adaptations

    • Christopher Hogg
    Pages 129-184
  5. Casting and Acting Adaptations

    • Christopher Hogg
    Pages 185-235
  6. Adapting Television Drama: A General Conclusion

    • Christopher Hogg
    Pages 237-242
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 243-263

About this book

This book explores adaptation in its various forms in contemporary television drama. It considers the mechanics of adaptation as an ever-more prevalent form of production, most notably in the reworking of literary sources for television. It also explores the broader process through which the television industry as a whole is currently making necessary adaptations in how it tells stories, especially in relation to important concerns of equality, diversity and inclusion. Offering and analysing 16 original interviews with leading British television producers, writers, directors, production designers, casting directors and actors, and with a particular focus on female and/or minority-ethnic industry perspectives, the book examines some of the key professional and creative approaches behind television adaptations today. The book connects these industry insights to the existing conceptual and critical frameworks of television studies and adaptation studies, illuminating the unique characteristics of television adaptation as a material mode of production, and revealing television itself as an inherently adaptive artform. 

Dr Christopher Hogg is Senior Lecturer in Television Theory at the University of Westminster, UK. Chris specialises in television drama and television acting, with a particular interest in bringing together industry and academic perspectives. He is the co-author (with Dr Tom Cantrell, the University of York) of the book Acting in British Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and the co-editor (also with Cantrell) of the collection Exploring Television Acting (2018). 

Keywords

  • Contemporary Television
  • Adaptation Studies
  • British Producers
  • Female Perspectives
  • Minority-ethnic Perspectives
  • Literature
  • Diversity

Reviews

“A fascinating book which invites us into the creative world of those responsible for some of the best-known drama on screen. While British television travels worldwide, Hogg demonstrates, through lively and revealing interviews, the complex, local conditions in which it is made. Written in an engaging style and with chapters on producing, writing, designing and directing, acting and casting, this book embraces the very concept of adaptation and gives valuable insights into its workings.” (Christine Geraghty, Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Glasgow)

Authors and Affiliations

  • London, UK

    Christopher Hogg

About the author

Dr Christopher Hogg is Senior Lecturer in Television Theory at the University of Westminster, UK. Chris specialises in television drama and television acting, with a particular interest in bringing together industry and academic perspectives. He is the co-author (with Dr Tom Cantrell, the University of York) of the book Acting in British Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and the co-editor (also with Cantrell) of the collection Exploring Television Acting (2018). 


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Buying options

eBook
USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-50177-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 60.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)