Testing times for broadcasters in transition.
A fractured broadcasting industry is destroying the business model for the giants. There are winners in the wings though, and the BBC could yet be one of them.
Public broadcasting is a lot more than a safety net for commercial market failure.
Repeated surveys show that people value public broadcasters highly. But the political class isn't listening.
Cilla Black in 1963.
She might now seem rather light-entertainment, but as the only female act to make a success out of 'Merseybeat' and go on to an ITV career as a female powerhouse, she deserves more.
A new BBC drama follows the life and loves of Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf and centre of the famous Bloomsbury group.
Why oversharing, the act of sharing "too much information", is a buzzword in contemporary culture.
What’s the point of watching TV when you have to wait an age to talk about it?
What is the statute of limitations on spoilers? When can you comment on what you’ve watched? And at what point is our fear of ruining other people’s television experience hindering our own?
The oil fields of Lost Hills, California.
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The Appalachia of the West's gritty landscape is an ideal setting for the popular series' second season.
Changing perceptions of women doing time.
If you haven't watched it yet, it's time to sit up and take note.
After recent lacklustre ratings MasterChef is back with a bang – so what’s the secret?
While MasterChef might teach us a lot about food and food trends, it also glosses over some of the harsher realities of the industry that produces this food. What's the secret to its sudden ratings boost?
Winter is coming … but you might not be toasting marshmallows.
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With four episodes leaked before the launch of the current Game of Thrones season, illegal downloaders face a quandary: binge now, or hang on and enjoy the weekly water-cooler chats at work.
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart in True Detective.
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Narrative power is produced through sophisticated storytelling, as evidenced by Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Wire, Mad Men and many others.
Are new video-on-demand services really ‘breathing new life’ into Australian content?
The arrival of subscription video on demand services Netflix, Stan and Presto have implications for what we call "television" in Australia – and much of the policy detail remains to be hammered out.
Writer Vince Gilligan has much to teach us about the human animal and about life.
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Many successful shows spawn sequels. In Better Call Saul, writer Vince Gilligan has created a prequel to his phenomenally successful series Breaking Bad. And it works. So how has he done it?
AMC’s The Walking Dead gives valuable lessons on how humans can survive disaster by acting collectively.
AMC's zombie hit The Walking Dead has garnered a huge global audience. As the finale of the series' fifth season screens, we should pay attention not to the zombies – but to the survivors.
Suspense on screen comes from manipulating the obstructions between the audience and what they know is coming.
Manipulating the obstructions between the audience and what they know is coming is key to an effective cliffhanger.
New technologies are allowing us to understand far more about what we see when we watch a screen.
What are we really looking at when we watch a screen? There's more to it than Gogglebox. Advances in eye-tracking technology are transforming how we understand film and TV spectatorship.
Foreign PR campaigns have been waged for decades. Films like 1930’s All Quiet on the Western Front were significantly altered to appease Germany’s Nazi Party.
Feature films and television shows notoriously play fast-and-loose with the facts. When prologues proclaim “Based on a True Story,” they’re gracefully implying that what follows is mostly fiction. Awards…
All that research has made Tom a dull boy.
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In his biography of Sir Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd audaciously asks us to imagine pre-Reformation London as the street markets of Marrakesh. Cheapside would have been a bustling surge of traders and customers…
How to get it right.
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The television adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies is already being hailed as possibly the “greatest period drama ever made”. Certainly, much has been made of its attention to historical detail…
A Dahl for Christmas.
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Roald Dahl hated adaptations of his work, and often I agree with him. The original books have such a place in so many people’s hearts and open up the imagination so much that once on screen they can feel…