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By: Deborah Jermyn (Editor), Su Holmes (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th December 2003
ISBN: 9780415317955
Number Of Pages: 320

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'Popular Factual Programming' has rapidly come to occupy a place at the forefront of contemporary television culture on an international scale. Tracing the history of reality TV from Candid Camera to The Osbournes, Understanding Reality Television examines a range of programmes which claim to depict 'real life', from reality formatted game shows to 'real crime' programming and make-over TV. Contributors discuss the phenonenon of reality TV in the context of the debates it has introduced to our social, cultural and televisual agendas, such as the construction of celebrity, fandom, surveillance and the politics of representation.

Notes on contributors
Introduction: understanding Reality TVp. 1
Candid Camera and the origins of Reality TV: contextualising a historical precedentp. 33
From Ozzie Nelson to Ozzy Osbourne: the genesis and development of the Reality (star) sitcomp. 54
'This is about real people!": video technologies, actuality and affect in the television crime appealp. 71
Reality TV, troublesome pictures and panics: reappraising the public controversy around Reality TV in Europep. 91
'All you've got to worry about is the task, having a cup of tea, and doing a bit of sunbathing': approaching celebrity in Big Brotherp. 111
Temporalities of the real: conceptualising time in Reality TVp. 136
In search of community on Reality TV: America's Most Wanted and Survivorp. 154
'The New You': class and transformation in lifestyle televisionp. 173
Socially soothing stories? Gender, race and class in TLC's A Wedding Story and A Baby Storyp. 191
The household, the basement and The Real World: gay identity in the constructed reality environmentp. 211
'It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine': cinema's commentary on documentary hybridsp. 233
Big Brother: reconfiguring the 'active' audience of cultural studies?p. 252
'Jump in the pool': the competitive culture of Survivor fan networksp. 270
Afterword: framing the newp. 290
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780415317955
ISBN-10: 0415317959
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 11th December 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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