Television in Spain

October 2006
18 black and white illustrations
184 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661363
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books

Television in Spain

From Franco to Almodóvar

Paul Julian Smith

A new guide to Spain's most popular and dynamic medium, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2006.
Any follower of Spanish cinema who turns to television finds that the locally produced programs most appreciated by both audiences and critics are as creative and original as any feature film.
This book, the first of its kind, gives close readings of TV programmes broadcast from the 1970s to the present day. They embrace drama, comedy, and talk/reality shows and are currently available on DVD. It also treats the obsessive theme of television in Almodóvar, Spain's most celebrated film director, arguing for a re-reading of his work in the light of TV studies. In addition to analysing particular programmes, this book examines TV channels, production companies, governments, and the role of the press, academy, and audience.

PAUL JULIAN SMITH is Professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: from Franco to Almodóvar
The Approach to Spanish Television Drama of the New Golden Age
The Classic Serial: Public Service, Literarity, and the Middle-brow
Chronicles of a Village: Francoist Newsreel, Feature Film and Television
The Urban Sitcom: Community, Consumption, Comedy
Telebasura: Trash, Talk, and Reality
Almodóvar on Television: Industry, Thematics, Theory
Conclusion: A Day in the Life of Spanish Television


Essential reading for anyone working in the field. SCREEN

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