Television and British Cinema: Convergence and Divergence since 1990

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Hannah Andrews provides a timely and thorough investigation of the changing relationship between television and cinema in Britain since 1990. She explores the process of convergence, in terms of both the intermedial relationship between closely related cultural forms, and the involvement of institutions of television in the British film industry. Rather than view convergence as a byproduct of digitalization, Andrews argues for a longer history of analogue convergence, manifested in, for example, the use of television as an alternative exhibition platform for British cinema, or the broadcast of feature-length filmed television dramas traditionally conceptualized as 'plays' rather than films. Television and British Cinema demonstrates how these processes of convergence have been met with equally strong rhetorical 'divergence', the use of presentational devices or discursive framing to distinguish film from television. The book discusses the role of television institutions in these processes, focusing on a period in which the relationship between film and television in the UK developed into a symbiosis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)9781306735186
ISBN (Print)9781137311160
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Film and Television
  • British and Irish Cinema
  • Television and Broadcasting
  • Film History
  • Theory and Criticism

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