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Week and course summary

To summarise this week, we have considered the way in which a genre roundly criticised as ‘trash television’ can actually be viewed positively as fulfilling public service broadcasters’ remits for …

Shmake-over television

This session considered three examples of children learning and performing Shakespeare on the BBC: When Romeo Met Juliet (2010), Macbeth, the movie star and me, and Off By Heart: Shakespeare …

Defining these programmes as reality television

Here are some ways that I think mark out these programmes as belonging to a strand of reality television which shows children engaged in educational activities: The programmes, like make-over …

Off By Heart: Shakespeare

In contrast to the above shows, Off By Heart: Shakespeare is a programme featuring arguably overachieving students who are already convinced of the playwright’s worth. Building on a previous programme, …

Macbeth, the movie star and me

Macbeth, the movie star and me (BBC2, 2012) adds to a subgenre of Shakespeare documentary, where chronicling and championing black actors’ work with the bard is the central focus of …

When Romeo Met Juliet

Three, hour-long episodes of When Romeo Met Juliet (BBC2) first aired in 2010. The series builds on the existing subgenre of hard-to-reach groups performing Shakespeare, which include Shakespeare on the …

Children learning Shakespeare

The video above focuses solely on examples from the BBC. However, a traditional hallmark of public service broadcasting is impartiality. Here, we acknowledge that other examples of children learning Shakespeare …

Children on reality television

Once you’ve watched the video above, list some examples of reality television programmes that you can think of showing non-fictional (real) children learning or performing, at home, in educational or …

What is reality television?

There are multiple and contested definitions of reality television. That is to say, not everyone agrees on its characteristics. However, some mainstream definitions of reality television include: “Programmes that focus …

What is public service broadcasting?

Perhaps the most famous examples internationally, and certainly that which we will focus on today, is the BBC (first, the British Broadcasting Company; later, the British Broadcasting Corporation). So let’s …

Your experiences of children’s television

Watch the video above. Then, take a moment to think about the television you watched in your childhood. List the educational content or activities you remember it including. Let us …

Weekly summary

To wrap up this week, we’ve considered some ways in which we can define, delimit and problematise the category of ‘children’s films’. In particular, we have explored some ways in …

Studio Ghibli in your corner of the world

Classifying Studio Ghibli’s work doesn’t just take account of the content of their films, but also how they are watched and by whom. Listen as we explain more and offer …