television

909, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

By |September 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

One of the more interesting themes from this week (Episode 3) was the juxtaposition between how the media reported and portrayed the young murdered couple to, as hinted at the end of the episode, the potentially darker reality behind why they were in fact killed. This brings […]

2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

By |August 24th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

By |May 13th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

1003, 2016

How can the media industry better engage with ethnic audiences?

By |March 10th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on How can the media industry better engage with ethnic audiences?

Indi Deol, Director of DESIblitz web magazine and speaker at this year’s #RethinkMedia conference at Birmingham City University

There are many challenges in terms of cultural differences, trust and language especially.

What needs to be realised is that there is diversity within the ethnic communities themselves. For example, a British Asian is not just of the same background […]

611, 2015

Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

By |November 6th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

(Image courtesy of John Lewis)
Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University.

So, this morning saw the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert and once again social media is alive with people’s emotional responses to it.

Comments such as “…emosh or what?” and “Thanks John Lewis for making me cry first thing […]

1106, 2015

Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

By |June 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Last night I watched the first episode of Jordskott on ITV Encore with interest. The 10 part series is the latest incarnation of Nordic Noir, following the considerable success of its predecessors which include Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge. Lengthy serialised crime dramas have become […]

2105, 2015

The economics of Eurovision

By |May 21st, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The economics of Eurovision

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Vienna this Saturday and celebrating its 60th birthday might be seen as something of a minor miracle. Entirely resonant with the famous quote by Mark Twain in The New York Journal of 2 June 1897, over the last […]

1205, 2015

Big Brother returns – but have we learned anything?

By |May 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Big Brother returns – but have we learned anything?

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

I am excited about the return of Big Brother tonight, as it is an excellent opportunity to observe behavioural manipulation and the lengths to which the great British public will go in order to pursue fame, despite there being very few (other than Jade […]

503, 2015

Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

By |March 5th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

It’s a bit rich of Cameron who in the period preceding the last election goaded the then prime minister, Labour leader Gordon Brown to engage in a TV debate so that, like the USA where such events are common, the voters could see the key people who they would […]

1003, 2014

Is online the future for public service broadcasting?

By |March 10th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Is online the future for public service broadcasting?

Vanessa Jackson – Course Director, Media and Communication at Birmingham City University

What does the decision to axe BBC Three, and move off the channel to online only, mean for the audience? Ok, television viewing amongst young adults may have dropped quite radically over the last five years, but does that mean that the opportunity to […]