Reading between Designs

Reading between Designs

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From the alien worlds of Star Trek to the realistic operating room of ER, the design of sets and costumes contributes not only to the look and mood of television shows, but even more importantly to the creation of memorable characters. Yet, until now, this crucial aspect of television creativity has received little critical attention, despite the ongoing interest in production design within the closely allied discipline of film studies. In this book, Piers Britton and Simon Barker offer a first analytical study of scenic and costume design for television drama series. They focus on three enduringly popular series of the 1960sa€”The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Whoa€”and discuss such topics as the sartorial image of Steed in The Avengers, the juxtaposition of picturesque and fascistic architecture in The Prisoner, and the evolution of the high-tech interior of Doctor Who's TARDIS. Interviews with the series' original designers and reproductions of their original drawings complement the authors' analysis, which sheds new light on a variety of issues, from the discourse of fashion to that of the heritage industry, notions of qPopq and retro, and the cultural preoccupation with realism and virtual reality.Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who Piers D. Britton, Simon J. Barker ... In light of the studied lack of plot development in The Prisoner from episode to episode, and, more important, its failure to ... McGoohan also insisted that Drake should drive a Mini-Cooper.

Title:Reading between Designs
Author:Piers D. Britton, Simon J. Barker
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-01-01


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