What are the characteristic features of the crime drama as a television genre? What
is the relationship between crime in the real world and the representation of crime
on television? What are the merits of TV crime drama as a genre?
The TV Crime Drama offers a genealogical account of the television crime drama.
from its origins in the popular culture of the 19th and wth century to its most
recent manifestations, as a genre enjoying transnational circulation and popularity.
Exploring the key features of the genre in terms offormat and style, it pays particular
attention to the role of the investigators, the police, the private investigawrs and the
specialists in forensic science and psychology, as well as the debates which have
circulated about the role and representation of women.
Covering classic series such as The Sweeney and Dragnet as well as contemporary
crime dramas including The Wire, The Killing and Luther, this book is an essential
read for students and scholars in Television Studies.