Essay on Crime Drama on British Television

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Crime Drama on British Television

The relevant industry for my crime drama is obviously television. In

Britain there are five terrestrial Channels, which include BBC 1 and 2,

Independent Television ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Each of these is

an example of an institution in the television industry with their own

ethos, programme schedules and style.

The television industry began with BBCTV which launched in 1936 to

a minority audience and was part of the BBC’s then media monopoly.

BBC television was then and still is a Public Service Broadcaster (PSB),

the ethos of the BBC is to inform, educate and entertain. It is funded

through a license fee which is basically a
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I believe this would reduce

the intake of innovative and somewhat commercially risky projects, this

may be due to advertising agencies dictating their programme schedule to

fit with their advertising schedule or because they believe risqué content

could discontinue their role as “biggest” commercial UK network.

When BBC2 was launched it was made up as a mixed-genre channel

combining serious factual subjects with comedy and drama to bring

challenging, intelligent television to a wide audience. Ambition and

innovation are BBC Two’s key values, and the channel aims to create

programmes that inspire and excite audiences. This to me would seem as

good a choice as any to distribute dramas such as ours, however the BBC

is self-regulatory and does not take risks especially risks which may be

morally reprehensible or show deplorable acts of violence, bad language,


The terrestrial channel that I believe is the ideal institution for our

crime drama is Channel 4 as it is more likely to consider a project like

ours as it is more risky. Channel 4 was launched in 1982 and its aim is to

provide high quality innovative programming that is experimental,

creative and appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse

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