A broken tradition: British telefantasy and children's television in the 1980s and 1990s

Alison Peirse

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    Abstract

    This article examines a hitherto unexplored area of British television history: the relationship between telefantasy (a term that encompasses fantasy, science fiction and horror on television) and British television drama for children during the 1980s and early 1990s. It suggests that British telefantasy can be conceptualized as a broken tradition, with peaks marked not only in the family- and adult-orientated productions of the 1970s and late 1990s, but in children's drama from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Analysing the BBC serials The Box of Delights (1984), Dark Season (1991) and Century Falls (1993) in relation to their aesthetic, economic and generic contexts, this article explores a lost history of British telefantasy, not only adding to the existing literature on telefantasy, but also transforming it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)109-124
    JournalVisual Culture in Britain
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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