Staging the Real: Factual TV Programming in the Age of Big Brother

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Manchester University Press, Nov 29, 2003 - Performing Arts - 209 pages
Staging the Real traces the evolution of the various categories of "reality" programs which have come to dominate our screens over the last decade. The book focuses on issues such as the changes in the broadcasting environment which have given rise to such programs, the relationship they have to other popular TV genres and the huge appeal that shows such as Big Brother have for contemporary audiences. The book also seeks to measure the cultural significance of these new formats. Do they reflect a more general cultural malaise or should we measure their popularity more in terms of the changing expectations which modern audiences bring to TV entertainment?
 

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Contents

New forms of the factual
7
The changing factual landscape
24
Playing the reality card
51
the rise and fall of the docusoap
89
sleight of hand in the factual domain
122
new modes of reality formatting
152
Conclusion
186
Bibliography
199
Index
205
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Richard Kilborn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Stirling.

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