Like masculinity, heterosexuality or whiteness, the British suburban sitcom has been a relatively unexamined field in television studies. This chapter examines one of the most popular suburban sitcoms, Terry and June (BBC, 1979-87) in relation to the remarkable career of its female star, June Whitfield. Reading Terry and June through the lens of Whitfield's later work on more 'alternative' comedy shows such as Terry and Julian (Channel 4 1992) and Absolutely Fabulous (BBC 1992-2012), this chapter examines how British suburban sitcom, a feminine domestic genre, endorses but also undermines cultural norms of gender and class.
|Title of host publication||Comedy and the Politics of Representation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Mocking the Weak|
|Editors||Helen Davies, Sarah Ilott|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2018|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Comedy|