Locating Sound in UK/US Television Crime Drama

The Affective Impact of Sound Effects and Music in Happy Valley and Hannibal
  • Lucy Fife DonaldsonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


As a counterpoint to previous scholarship that has emphasized the visual, including the spectacular pleasures of crime drama and its locations, this chapter highlights the importance of sound to crime drama, and especially in terms of the work sound effects and music do in putting us in a particular space. Consideration of sound developed in reference to examples of recent UK/US crime drama, with extended attention to Hannibal (NBC, 2013–2015) and Happy Valley (BBC 1, 2014–), underlines the various ways that such series ask us to attend to the specificities of place, of action, of violence and response.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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