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Tv dramas no 2

  1. 1. By Beth, Nathan, Ollie and Sophie. CONVENTIONS IN TV DRAMAS
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Genre: the category of a program which is defined by its characteristics (e.g.- arguments – TV drama) Sub-genre: What the genre incorporates (e.g.- within a hospital- Medical TV drama) Convention: A way in which something is usually done. There are four main sub genres within the genre of TV drama: • Crime TV Drama • Medical TV Drama • Costume TV Drama • Soap Opera TV Drama
  3. 3. NARRATIVE Narrative: the story line. There are to main narrative theorists, Todorov and Propp’s. • Todorov: Believes stories begin with an equilibrium, (happiness, normality) then there is a disequilibrium (a change in normality, a problem), then it ends with an equilibrium (the problem is solved and the story goes back to happiness and normality (or new normality)). In a more advanced order he believes it goes like this: 1. Equilibrium 2. Disruption of equilibrium (disequilibrium) 3. Recognition of disruption (disequilibrium) 4. Attempt to repair disruption (disequilibrium) 5. A reinstatement of equilibrium.
  4. 4. NARRATIVE Propp’s: This theory is more of a character theory, believing there is a label for all characters. • The villain (struggles against the hero) • The donor (prepares the hero or gives the hero some magical object) The (magical) helper (helps the hero in the quest) • The princess (person the hero marries, often sought for during the narrative) • The false hero (perceived as good character in beginning but emerges as evil) • The dispatcher (character who makes the lack known and sends the hero off) • The hero or victim/seeker hero, reacts to the donor, weds the princess
  5. 5. MEDICAL TV DRAMA Conventions of a Medical TV Drama: • set in a hospital or a doctors which is the point of interaction • The characters often witness horrific events, • Similar to a Soap Opera but a Medical TV Drama is believed to be more technical by using more medical terms • It relates to soap operas in the way that there are usually 2 doctors that fall in love and there are usually tensions and arguments between a doctor and nurse. • Medical dramas can also be similar to crime dramas as often doctors get police involved • Medical TV Dramas always hold emotional or life changing moments to a doctor or patients life e.g. a patient dying. • Medical TV Dramas tend to follow Todorovs theory, someone is usually affected. • Usually a lot of blood and gore • Full of props you would find in a hospital
  6. 6. EXAMPLES OF MEDICAL TV DRAMAS • Casualty • Holby City • Doctors • Call The Midwife
  7. 7. COSTUME TV DRAMA • Costume/period dramas are often adaptions of a famous classic novel or play but can be original works. • They dramatize different points in history and can be quite different from contemporary dramas. • This type of drama is normally part of a series. • These drama’s are old fashion/can be set in tutor times and traditional. • A typical period drama is set in a large country mansion house. • The costume drama follows Propp’s theory usually as it is more like a soap and follows a set of characters. • Involves romance
  8. 8. EXAMPLES OF COSTUME TV DRAMAS • Downton Abbey • Arabian Nights • Return To Cranford • The Tudors
  9. 9. SOAP OPERA TV DRAMA • In most TV soap operas there are certain aspects of them that are the same, for example, A British soap opera almost always features the following conventions: • It is a serialized drama that usually runs week-in, week- out, all year round. • It features continuous storylines • It generally has a well-known theme tune. • The plots are open-ended and usually many storylines are featured or even interlinked in an episode. • They are often set around a small, central area such as a square (as in EastEnders) and have a standardized meeting point like a pub. • Soaps often have special episodes for events in the real world such as Christmas or the Millennium. • British soaps most often feature common, ordinary, working class characters. • Soap operas usually end on a cliff hanger. • Three, four or even five storylines will be in progress during any one episode, with the action switching between them.
  10. 10. EXAMPLES OF SOAP OPERA TV DRAMAS • Eastenders • Coronation Street • Emmerdale • Hollyoaks • Neighbors
  11. 11. CRIME TV DRAMA • A mystery/problem that needs to be solved • The resolution to a mystery/problem • Question or morality • Debates about innocence and guilt • Conflict between modes of policing • Different characteristics of villainy • Crime TV Dramas follow Todorovs theory as there is always an equilibrium reinstated at the end, ready for a new disequilibrium in the next episode. • Many sub plots
  12. 12. EXAMPLES OF CRIME TV DRAMAS • The Bill • Broadchurch • Midsomer Murders • Inspector Morse • Sherlock • Top Boy • Miss Marple • The Walking Dead