Yr11 23/04/08

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Yr11 23/04/08

  1. 1. MEDIA STUDIES ‘ The Controlled Test’ 22 May 2008
  2. 2. Today’s focus: ‘ The lasting appeal of sitcoms’
  3. 3. Appeal of sitcoms: <ul><li>Traditional sitcoms on mainstream GB TV channels in decline </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz shows and reality TV shows more popular and often cheaper to make </li></ul><ul><li>However, they are still popular; and re-runs of older shows still gain audiences </li></ul><ul><li>‘ My Family’ is very traditional, one of the few shows of its type still on a major channel </li></ul><ul><li>So, what is the appeal? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Producers: <ul><li>Don’t need to build lots of sets </li></ul><ul><li>Sets can be re-used for each episode/ series </li></ul><ul><li>Short series, so if not popular won’t have over committed resources </li></ul><ul><li>If popular, possibility of re-runs </li></ul><ul><li>May be able to export the idea or programme </li></ul>
  5. 5. Audiences: <ul><li>Domestic comedies give audiences situations they can relate to </li></ul><ul><li>Can laugh at others in a safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise foolish aspects of their own lives so can diffuse our problems </li></ul><ul><li>Uncomplicated plots and characters don’t challenge our thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Can ‘dip in and out’ and often watch out of sequence, as they tend not to directly ‘follow on’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Task: Compare three modern sitcoms: The Office, Peep Show and The IT Crowd. Refer to your sheet for the individual tasks.

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