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Crime as entertainment: the case of the TV crime drama

Chapter


Abstract


  • A viewing of the grim but popular BBC police procedural, Wallander (BBC1, 2008-),

    prompts a reflection on Richard Dyer's original formulation of entertainment as utopia

    in 1977. It is noted that the concept of entertainment has received relatively little

    attention within the fields of media and cultural studies since that time and that the

    history of the television crime drama provides an interesting case study with which to

    re-examine popular television as a particular form entertainment. The example of the

    early British police procedural, Fabian of the Yard (BBC 1954-1956) is discussed in

    order to reveal the complexity of the genre and its various pleasures which have ranged

    from documenting real crime, the pursuit of knowledge and truth to cultural tourism.

    Finally it is argued that pleasure in the 'form' of the TV crime drama and a familiarity

    with its series characters may well be a key factor in its assessing its success as a form

    of entertainment.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Turnbull, S. "Crime as entertainment: the case of the TV crime drama." Entertainment Industries: Entertainment as a Cultural System. Ed.C. Collis, B. Hamley & A. McKee. London: Routledge, 2012, 21-29.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415681049

Book Title


  • Entertainment Industries: Entertainment as a Cultural System

Start Page


  • 21

End Page


  • 29

Place Of Publication


  • London

Abstract


  • A viewing of the grim but popular BBC police procedural, Wallander (BBC1, 2008-),

    prompts a reflection on Richard Dyer's original formulation of entertainment as utopia

    in 1977. It is noted that the concept of entertainment has received relatively little

    attention within the fields of media and cultural studies since that time and that the

    history of the television crime drama provides an interesting case study with which to

    re-examine popular television as a particular form entertainment. The example of the

    early British police procedural, Fabian of the Yard (BBC 1954-1956) is discussed in

    order to reveal the complexity of the genre and its various pleasures which have ranged

    from documenting real crime, the pursuit of knowledge and truth to cultural tourism.

    Finally it is argued that pleasure in the 'form' of the TV crime drama and a familiarity

    with its series characters may well be a key factor in its assessing its success as a form

    of entertainment.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Turnbull, S. "Crime as entertainment: the case of the TV crime drama." Entertainment Industries: Entertainment as a Cultural System. Ed.C. Collis, B. Hamley & A. McKee. London: Routledge, 2012, 21-29.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415681049

Book Title


  • Entertainment Industries: Entertainment as a Cultural System

Start Page


  • 21

End Page


  • 29

Place Of Publication


  • London