The Church on British Television - From the Coronation to Coronation Street

di Marcus Harmes
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Marcus Harmes The Church on British Television - From the Coronation to Coronation Street
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This book will be the first systematic and comprehensive text to analyze the many and contrasting appearances of the Church of England on television. It covers a range of genres and programs including crime drama, science fiction, comedy, including the specific genre of ‘ecclesiastical comedy’, zombie horror and non-fiction broadcasting. Readers interested in church and political history, popular culture, television and broadcasting history, and the social history of modern Britain will find this to be a lively and timely book. Programs that year after year sit enshrined as national favourites (for example Dad’s Army and Midsomer Murders) foreground the Church. From the Queen’s Christmas Message to royal weddings and Coronation Street, the clergy and services of England’s national church abound in television. This book offers detailed analysis of landmark examples of small screen output and raises questions relating to the storytelling strategies of program makers, the way the established Church is delineated, and the transformation over decades of congregations into audiences.


Marcus Harmes
Meredith Harmes
Barbara Harmes

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Illustrations Note:
XIII, 248 p.
Introduction.- Chapter One: The church on the screen: a television history.- Chapter Two: ‘Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land’: broadcasting religion.- Chapter Three: The world in peril: the Church and science fictions.- Chapter Four: Cricket, Steam Engines and a Complete Ignorance of Theology’: Downing Street and the comedy of appointment.- Chapter Five: Local community and parish politics.- Chapter Six: ‘High Mass Murder’: the church, the police and the law.- Chapter Seven: Weddings and Funerals: (Globalised) TV Events of Church and State.- Chapter Eight: Non-Fictional Forms of Religious Programming.
“Unlike books which have concentrated, especially in America, on how the Church ‘does’ broadcasting, with all the features of televangelists like Billy Graham and Pat Robertson, here the authors by comparison have solidly and meticulously highlighted the various ways the Church and Church related issues have been woven into the fabric of a great deal of British television over the years and not just featured in programmes like Songs of Praise or Highway … The authors have created an excellent blend using church archives, newspapers and other literature, to present a complex, revealing and important story, at a time when all things ecclesiastical have little publicity in our digital age.” (Ian Robertson, Premier Media Group)

“The Church on British Television is a fascinating and original study of an area of television that has been little explored, despite being ever present. It's highly recommended to anyone interested in discussions of popular television, particularly for its exploration of depictions and tropes that the viewer may otherwise not think to question.” (Dr Mark Aldridge, Solent University, author of Agatha Christie on Screen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)) 

“An erudite and entertaining pilgrimage through Anglicanism’s relationship with television. Fascinating and thorough in equal measure- a must for anyone with an interest in the Church, television, or their intersection in the wider social history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.” (Fergus Butler-Gallie, author of A Field Guide to the English Clergy (Oneworld Publications, 2018))

Provides the first systematic and comprehensive book analyzing the many and contrasting appearances of the Church on television

Rigorously explores decades of broadcasting across fictional and non-fictional forms and includes original discussion of some of the most popular and enduring television programs on British television from around the world

Examines prevalent contemporary issues such as the aesthetics and preoccupations of reality television, the possibilities of viral internet stardom

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Copertina morbida
Springer International Publishing
Associate Professor Marcus K. Harmes researches in British religious history and popular culture. His recent publications in the field of television studies include Roger Delgado: I am usually referred to as the Master (2017) and Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation (2015). He is co-editor of Postgraduate Education in Higher Education (Springer, 2018).

Meredith A. Harmes teaches communication and works in enabling programs and in legal criminal justice history at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Her research interests include modern British and Australian politics and popular culture in Britain and America. She is co-editor of Postgraduate Education in Higher Education (Springer, 2018).

Dr Barbara Harmes lectures at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Her doctoral research focussed on the discursive controls built around sexuality in late-nineteenth-century England. Her research interests include cultural studies and religion. She has published in areas including modern Australian politics, 1960s American television and Victorian literature.
1st ed. 2020
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29 aprile 2021
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0.209 x 0.148 x 0.024 m; 0.353 kg
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