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Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture

[Journal of English and American Studies]

Ed. by Butter, Michael / Eckstein, Lars / Frenk, Joachim / Georgi-Findlay, Brigitte / Herbst, Thomas / Korte, Barbara / Leypoldt, Günter / Reinfandt, Christoph / Stefanowitsch, Anatol

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Volume 56, Issue 2


Playing the Reality Card: Factual TV Programming for a New Broadcasting Age

Richard Kilborn
Published Online: 2014-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa.2008.56.2.143


This article provides some reflections on developments in factual TV programming in the UK in the last couple of decades. In principle, the term ‘factual programming’ covers an extremely wide range of material and could include news and current affairs as well as a number of other genres that one could regard as ‘non-fiction’ in their general orientation (see Hill 2007, 3-5). For the purposes of this article, however, I will confine my remarks to types of work which producers claim has a certain affinity with documentary and to which broadcasters themselves will generally attach the label ‘factual’ in their schedule information and in other promotional material. Even so, the amount of programming that is paraded under the factual banner still remains relatively extensive. It ranges from the cheap and cheerful docu-soap to the more challenging multi-part documentaries on topics of more serious concern

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Published Online: 2014-03-15

Published in Print: 2008-04-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Volume 56, Issue 2, Pages 143–151, ISSN (Online) 2196-4726, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa.2008.56.2.143.

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