Transatlantic spaces: production, location and style in 1960s-1970s action-adventure TV series
Bignell, J. (2010) Transatlantic spaces: production, location and style in 1960s-1970s action-adventure TV series. Media History, 16 (1). pp. 53-65. ISSN 1469-9729
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/13688800903395460
This paper argues that transatlantic hybridity connects space, visual style and ideological point of view in British television action-adventure fiction of the 1960s–1970s. It analyses the relationship between the physical location of TV series production at Elstree Studios, UK, the representation of place in programmes, and the international trade in television fiction between the UK and USA. The TV series made at Elstree by the ITC and ABC companies and their affiliates linked Britishness with an international modernity associated with the USA, while also promoting national specificity. To do this, they drew on film production techniques that were already common for TV series production in Hollywood. The British series made at Elstree adapted versions of US industrial organization and television formats, and made programmes expected to be saleable to US networks, on the basis of British experiences in TV co-production with US companies and of the international cinema and TV market.