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Echoes of Britannia: Television Documentaries, Empire and the Critical Public Sphere

Fleming, Neil ORCID: (2010) Echoes of Britannia: Television Documentaries, Empire and the Critical Public Sphere. Contemporary British History, 25 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1361-9462

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The BBC’s The British Empire (1972) and Channel Four’s Empire (2003) generated significant negative comment during and after their respective broadcasts. Their topic, the British Empire, was an important reason for this, but other factors, including their approach to production and marketing, public and critical expectations, and contemporary politics were also significant. Despite these similarities, an examination of the critical reactions to each series reveals how public attitudes changed in the thirty years between their broadcast, to British imperialism, public service television, and public discourse.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: television history, British Empire, professional history, Post-Imperial Britain, media
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Neil Fleming
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 11:19
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 04:00

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