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Title Action TV : tough guys, smooth operators and foxy chicks / edited by Bill Osgerby and Anna Gough-Yates
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : Getting into gear with the action TV series / Bill Osgerby and Anna Gough-Yates -- The business of action : television history and the development of the action TV series / Bill Osgerby, Anna Gough-Yates and Marianne Wells -- 'So you're the famous Simon Templar' : The saint, masculinity and consumption in the early 1960s / Bill Osgerby -- 'Who loves ya, baby?' : Kojack, action and the great society / Paul Cobley -- ' A lone crusader in the dangerous world' : heroics of science and technology in Knight rider / Nickianne Moody -- Angels in chains? Feminism, femininity and consumer culture in Charlie's angels / Anna Gough-Yates -- 'Who's the cat that won't cop out?' : Black masculinity in American action series of the sixties and seventies / Elaine Pennicott -- Kung fu : re-orienting the television Western / Yvonne Tasker -- 'Drop everything ... including your pants!' : The professionals and 'hard' action TV / Leon Hunt -- The games we play(ed) : TV Westerns, memory and masculinity / Martin Pumphrey -- The persuaders! A girl's best friends / Joke Hermes -- King and queen : interpreting sexual identity in Jason King / Andy Medhurst -- TV gets jazzed : the evolution of action TV theme music / Elizabeth Withey -- The comics connection : low culture meets even lower culture / Roger Sabin -- Of leather suits and kinky boots : The avengers, style and popular culture / Marc O'Day -- The sixties in the nineties : pastiche or hyperconsciousness? / John Storey
Summary From re-runs of 'TV classics' like The Avengers or Starsky and Hutch, to soundtracks, club nights and film remakes such as Mission Impossible II, the action series is enjoying a popular revival. Yet little attention has been paid to the history, nature and enduring appeal of the action series, and its place in popular culture, past and present. Action TV traces the development of the action series from its genesis in the 1950s. From The Saint to Knigh t Rider, contributors explore the key shows which defined the genre, addressing issues
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Action and adventure television programs -- History and criticism
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Gough-Yates, Anna, 1968-
Osgerby, Bill.
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