The British Television Adventure Series Research Paper by Ren

A critical analysis of the British television adventure series, taking into account both textual and contextual features and including close reference to two separate series.
# 149945 | 5,132 words | 21 sources | APA | 2008
Published on Jan 13, 2012 in Film (Television) , Film (History of)

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This paper examines the British adventure series from the mid to late sixties through to the mid to late eighties. For this purpose it selects two series, "The Persuaders!" (1971-1972) and "Dempsey and Makepeace" (1985-1986). The paper looks at how both series contain numerous elements which identify them with the relevant time periods and through these examples it attempts to show how various social and political conditions, changes and events shaped the textual and contextual features of the British adventure series over this time period. The intention of the paper is to reach an understanding of the effects and purpose of the genre on its audience.

From the Paper:

"Dempsey and Makepeace (1985-1986), summarises the popular crime busters such as The Sweeney (1975-1978), The New Avengers (1976-1977) and The Professionals (1977-1983). James Dempsey (Michael Brandon) is a brash and tough New York police officer who has been seconded to an elite police unit in London after uncovering police corruption in New York which results in Dempsey having to kill his partner thus making him a target. In London, under the supervision of an equally tough and aggressive Chief Superintendent, Spikings (Ray Smith), Dempsey, is partnered with a female officer. Aristocratic, Detective Harriet Makepeace (Glynis Barber), daughter of Lord Winfield is an extremely capable and intelligent police officer who has made her way up through the ranks.
T"heir partnership is fraught and is accentuated by personal differences. It seems that only a strong physical attraction holds the pair together. However, the combination of intelligence and brawn makes them a formidable team."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Approaches to Film History, Film and Television History, Milton Keynes, The Open University, 2002.
  • British Television Advertising: Cultural Identity and Communication, Renee Dickiason, University of Luton Press, 2000
  • Television Genres, AA310 Film and Television History, Milton Keynes, The Open University, 2003.
  • Internet Movie Data Base,
  • Wikipedia The Free On Line Encyclopaedia,

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