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Breaking the generic mould? Grayson Perry, Channel 4 and the production of British arts television

Noonan, Caitriona; Genders, Amy

Authors

Caitriona Noonan

Amy Genders Amy.Genders@uwe.ac.uk
Wallscourt Fellow in Screen Business and Creative Enterprise



Abstract

© 2018, © The Author(s) 2018. This article examines Channel 4’s critically acclaimed series, Grayson Perry: Who Are You? (2014). Using interviews with those involved in making the series and textual analysis, we argue that the elements that contributed to the success of the series are inherently difficult to replicate due to the political economy of contemporary television production, thereby threatening the sustainability of the genre. However, while arts television rarely constitutes a commercial success in a traditional ratings sense, we outline the strategic value of the genre in contributing to Channel 4’s identity as Britain’s alternative public service broadcaster.

Citation

Noonan, C., & Genders, A. (2018). Breaking the generic mould? Grayson Perry, Channel 4 and the production of British arts television. Critical Studies in Television, 13(1), 79-95. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749602017746355

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 6, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 25, 2018
Publication Date Mar 1, 2018
Deposit Date May 2, 2018
Journal Critical Studies in Television
Print ISSN 1749-6020
Electronic ISSN 1749-6039
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 79-95
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1749602017746355
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/870926
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1749602017746355
Additional Information Additional Information : Copyright(c)2018 Reprinted by permission of SAGE publications.

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