British TV Comedies

Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies

  • Jürgen Kamm
  • Birgit Neumann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: The Aesthetics and Politics of British TV Comedy

    1. Jürgen Kamm, Birgit Neumann
      Pages 1-20
  3. The 1950s and 1960s: Beginnings of the British Sitcom and the Satire Boom

  4. The 1970s and 1980s: New Loyalties, Histories and Collective Identities — Post-familiar Paradigms

  5. The 1990s: (Un)doing Gender and Race

  6. The 2000s: Britcom Boom — New Britain = ‘Cool Britannia’?

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 359-363

About this book


This collection offers an overview of British TV comedies, ranging from the beginnings of sitcoms in the 1950s to the current boom of 'Britcoms'. It provides in-depth analyses of major comedies, systematically addressing their generic properties, filmic history, humour politics and cultural impact.


Television British British Television Comedy TV Comedy Britcom Sitcom Politics of Humour Class Race Gender Sexuality Transgression Cultural Concepts Seriality Contexts Controversies politics television

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Kamm
    • 1
  • Birgit Neumann
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PassauGermany
  2. 2.University of DüsseldorfGermany

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