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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Acting in British Television

ISBN 9781137470218
Publication Date August 2017
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Acting in British Television is the first in-depth exploration of acting processes in British television. Focused around sixteen new interviews with celebrated British actors, including Rebecca Front, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Ken Stott, Penelope Wilton and John Hannah, this fascinating text delves behind the scenes of a range of British television programmes in order to find out how actors build their characters for television, how they work on set and location, and how they create their critically-acclaimed portrayals.

The book looks at actors’ work across four diverse but popular genres:

- soap opera

- police and medical drama

- comedy

- period drama

Its insightful discussion of hit programmes such as Downton Abbey, Rebus, The Thick of It, Coronation Street and Poldark, and its critical and contextual post-interview analysis, makes the text an essential read for students, academics and anyone interested in acting and British television. 

Tom Cantrell is Senior Lecturer and Head of Theatre at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on screen and stage acting, including Playing for Real: Actors on Playing Real People (Palgrave, 2010, co-edited with Mary Luckhurst) and Acting in Documentary Theatre (Palgrave, 2013).

Christopher Hogg is Senior Lecturer in Television Theory at the University of Westminster, UK. His research interests lie primarily in British television drama but he has also published work in such areas as television adaptation and translation, and screen representations of the past. 

1. General Introduction
2. Soap Opera
3. Police and Medical Drama
4. Comedy
5. Period Drama
6. General Conclusion



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