Television Cities -

Television Cities

Paris, London, Baltimore

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In Television Cities Charlotte Brunsdon traces television's representations of metropolitan spaces to show how they reflect the medium's history and evolution, thereby challenging the prevalent assumptions about television as quintessentially suburban. Brunsdon shows how the BBC's presentation of 1960s Paris in the detective series Maigret signals British culture's engagement with twentieth-century modernity and continental Europe, while various portrayals of London-ranging from Dickens adaptations to the 1950s nostalgia of Call the Midwife-demonstrate Britain's complicated transition from Victorian metropole to postcolonial social democracy. Finally, an analysis of The Wire's acclaimed examination of Baltimore, marks the profound shifts in the ways television is now made and consumed. Illuminating the myriad factors that make television cities, Brunsdon complicates our understanding of how television shapes perceptions of urban spaces, both familiar and unknown.

Product code: 9780822369202

ISBN 9780822369202
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H210xW149
Series Spin Offs
No. Of Pages 232
Publisher Duke University Press
Charlotte Brunsdon traces television's representations of Paris, London, and Baltimore to show how they reflect the medium's history and evolution, thereby challenging the prevalent assumptions about television as quintessentially suburban and showing how television shapes our perception of urban spaces, both familiar and unknown.