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Adapting Television Drama

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This book explores adaptation in its various forms in contemporary television drama. It considers the mechanics of adaptation as an ever-more prevalent form of production, most notably in the reworking of literary sources for television. It also explores the broader process through which the television industry as a whole is currently making necessary adaptations in how it tells stories, especially in relation to important concerns of equality, diversity and inclusion. Offering and analysing 16 original interviews with leading British television producers, writers, directors, production designers, casting directors and actors, and with a particular focus on female and/or minority-ethnic industry perspectives, the book examines some of the key professional and creative approaches behind television adaptations today. The book connects these industry insights to the existing conceptual and critical frameworks of television studies and adaptation studies, illuminating the unique characteristics of television adaptation as a material mode of production, and revealing television itself as an inherently adaptive artform.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter
Chapter 1. Adapting Television Drama: A General Introduction
Abstract
This chapter introduces the context, scope and key aims of the book. The chapter summarises traditions in studying television drama adaptations and outlines the book’s own approach in relation to such traditions.
Christopher Hogg
Chapter 2. Producing Adaptations
Abstract
This chapter first offers a contextual introduction to the relevant concepts and debates of both television studies and adaptation studies in understanding the work of the producer on television adaptations. The chapter then provides four original, full-length interviews with British executive producers who have worked extensively on television adaptation projects, followed by an analysis of the key themes emerging from the interviews. For example: the importance of titles, producerly notions of “fidelity”, negotiating authorship within adaptation productions, and broader industry adaptations affecting television producers today.
Christopher Hogg
Chapter 3. Writing Adaptations
Abstract
This chapter first offers a contextual introduction to the relevant concepts and debates of both television studies and adaptation studies in understanding the work of the screenwriter on television adaptations. The chapter then provides four original, full-length interviews with British screenwriters who have worked extensively on television adaptation projects, followed by an analysis of the key themes emerging from the interviews. For example: working with literary sources, writerly notions of “fidelity”, showrunner status, and broader industry adaptations affecting television screenwriters today.
Christopher Hogg
Chapter 4. Designing and Directing Adaptations
Abstract
This chapter first offers a contextual introduction to the relevant concepts and debates of both television studies and adaptation studies in understanding the work of the production designer and the director on television adaptations. The chapter then provides four original, full-length interviews with British production designers and directors who have worked extensively on television adaptation projects, followed by an analysis of the key themes emerging from the interviews. For example: creative collaborations, materialising television adaptations, and a personal perspective on industry changes concerning equality and diversity from a female television director.
Christopher Hogg
Chapter 5. Casting and Acting Adaptations
Abstract
This chapter first offers a contextual introduction to the relevant concepts and debates of both television studies and adaptation studies in understanding the work of the casting director and the actor on television adaptations. The chapter then provides four original, full-length interviews with British casting directors and actors who have worked extensively on television adaptation projects, with a particular emphasis on female and minority-ethnic perspectives. The interviews are followed by an analysis of the key themes emerging from the interviews. For example: casting for television adaptations, acting in television adaptations, and addressing inequalities, exclusions and intersectionality in the casting and performance of contemporary television drama.
Christopher Hogg
Chapter 6. Adapting Television Drama: A General Conclusion
Abstract
This chapter summarises the key findings of the book and suggests possible future directions for research examining television drama adaptations.
Christopher Hogg
Backmatter
Metadata
Title
Adapting Television Drama
Author
Christopher Hogg
Copyright Year
2021
Electronic ISBN
978-1-137-50177-6
Print ISBN
978-1-137-50176-9
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-50177-6