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Notes towards a formal and social poetics of television drama

Zborowski, James



This article seeks to build a bridge between approaches to television drama that explore form and style, and those that explore realism and representation. It proposes questions which can be applied to any television drama, and reveal meaningful distinctions. The argument is developed through comparative analysis of Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley (2014–present) and long-running British soap opera Coronation Street (1960–present).


Zborowski, J. (2022). Notes towards a formal and social poetics of television drama. Journal of Popular Television, 10(2), 213-224.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 18, 2021
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 1, 2023
Journal Journal of Popular Television
Print ISSN 2046-9861
Electronic ISSN 2046-987X
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 213-224
Keywords British soap opera, Coronation Street; Form; Happy Valley; Realism; Style; Television aesthetics
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