By Juergen Kamm, Birgit Neumann
This assortment bargains an summary of British television comedies, starting from the beginnings of sitcoms within the Fifties to the present growth of 'Britcoms'. It offers in-depth analyses of significant comedies, systematically addressing their normal homes, filmic historical past, humour politics and cultural impression.
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17. For more on the narrative structure of sitcoms, see Feuer 138–160. Insofar as the status quo never appears to be seriously challenged in most sitcoms, the majority of them seem to have an inherently conservative thrust (for more on this, see Neale and Krutnik 281–289). 18. For more on issues relating to the politics of humour and issues of cultural identity, see Medhurst 9–38. Filmography Steptoe and Son: The Complete Collection. Directed by Duncan Wood, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
London: BFI (in association with the Open University Press), 1981, 26–52. Feuer, Jane. ), The Television Genre Book. London: BFI, 2001, 67–70. Goodwin, Andrew and Whannel, Garry (eds). Understanding Television. London: Routledge, 1990. Jackson, Paul. ‘Steptoe and Son …and Sons’. BBC Radio 4, 16 August 2012. uk/programmes/b01lv4ns (date accessed 13 July 2015). Kemp, Gerard. ‘Galton and Simpson and Eight Years of Steptoe’. Radio Times, 26 February 1970, 48–51. Langford, Barry. ‘Our Usual Impasse: The Episodic Situation Comedy Revisited’ in Jonathan Bignell and Stephen Lacey (eds), Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives.
Langford 22) This nagging sense of confinement that Harold suffers from is one that is seen to have two aspects. In a strictly economic sense, he is portrayed as a man who – though already in his late thirties – is unable to stand on his own two feet. In a more emotional sense, he is seen as being still very much beholden to a father who is adept at using every manipulative trick in the book to block any attempt his son makes to become fully independent. As scriptwriter Ray Galton reflects: Harold Steptoe is now on the threshold of 40, a man who realises that he’s trapped by his father, but still yearns for the miracle that will take him out of the situation.
British TV Comedies: Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies by Juergen Kamm, Birgit Neumann