Deals with issues such as; drugs, violence, kidnapping, murders, suicides, threats which are all stereotypical aspects featured in this particular type of TV drama. includes some aspects of comedy, like many TV dramas, but without taking away the seriousness with the issue presented.
there are particular items that make the genres immediately identifiable, for example; Police CarsCrime Scene; police tape Pathologists work place; Lab/ science equipment
Tv drama; How does Sherlock fit TV drama coventions
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TV Drama Conventions; Setting
Setting- Sherlock’s categorised genres are; crime-mystery-drama. The
show follows the stereotypical settings expected to see with this
convention which are; Police stations/offices, St Barts Hospital, and
they use many streets in London for crime scenes, These locations
are real places rather than studios. Many of the crimes/crime
scenes are either filmed outside in areas of London, in the heart of
London or often take place in dark, abandoned , isolated settings to
add suspense and make the situation seem darker/more
Characters often feature
Mostly every show that has the genres crime-mystery-drama
characters similar to Sherlock;
• Detective; Sherlock; Clever than the other characters, has some sense of
authority over others, is the protagonist, involved in some sort of action scene.
• Sidekick; John Watson; works along side the main character, and is often held
hostage or put into another sort of danger.
• Antagonist; Moriarty/Magnussen; are often behind the mysteries/crimes,
• Pathologist’s; Molly Hooper
• Detective inspectors; Greg Lastrade; sometimes are the main character or are
often working along side the main character.
Similar characters can also be seen in similar TV Drama (crime, mystery) shows like;
Silent Witness, as these are the stereotypical characters that are expected to be
seen and help set the scene and make the show more realistic.
TV Drama Conventions; Plot, Narrative &
The TV drama is a modernised version of Sherlock but still revolves
around the mystery of crimes. Detective / crime based shows are
normally relating to real crimes or possible crimes that can take
place. It allows the audience to be able to relate, follow and
understand the crimes more in depth. Sherlock includes some
aspects of comedy, like many TV dramas, but without taking away
the seriousness with the issue presented. The detective is faced
with a crime case that either affect him personally or involve the
police, in which they turn to Sherlock for help, and he then solves
the mystery with the help of clues and the sidekicks. The show
deals with issues such as drugs, violence, kidnapping, murders,
suicides, threats which are all stereotypical aspects featured in this
particular type of TV drama.
TV Drama Conventions; Iconography
In Sherlock there are particular items that make
the genres immediately identifiable, for
• Police Cars
• Crime Scene; police tape
• Pathologists work place; Lab/ science
TV Drama Conventions; Sound
On screen text whilst speaking
Use of sound effects
music during scenes
Challenges or uses
• Uses most aspects of a crime-mystery
• Unlike most it tells a story through each
episode, shows the relationship between the
two characters not just through solving crimes
• Re-appearing antagonists
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