This article seeks to examine the notion of a ‘history boom’ on UK television (TV) during the second half of the 1990s and 2000s. It does this by sampling the UK TV schedule between 1982 and 2012, presenting material from interviews with leading producers and commissioners, and conducting an analysis of key programmes. What emerges is the contrary notion of a ‘history dip’ between the late 1980s and early1990s, which in turn reveals an earlier high level of history programme output on UK TV. By adding to the previous accounts of history TV production, this article comments on a tendency in media history towards a ‘history of the victor’, with the attendant danger of overlooking important periods of televisual output and industrial transformation.
|Journal||Critical Studies in Television|
|Early online date||18 Feb 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Mar 2016|
- media production
- public service broadcasting