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Teen TV meets T4: assimilating 'The O.C.' into British youth television

Woods, F. ORCID: (2013) Teen TV meets T4: assimilating 'The O.C.' into British youth television. Critical Studies in Television, 8 (1). pp. 14-35. ISSN 1749-6020

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To link to this item DOI: 10.7227/CST.8.1.4


This article explores the presence of imported US Teen TV in the schedules of British youth television and the relationship between the two national forms. Focusing on the broadcast of The O.C on Channel 4 youth strand T4, it considers the role of the spaces in-between programmes in framing the audience’s experience of the imported US text. It demonstrates how the T4 supertext employed presenter performance, critique and parody to assimilate the glamorously aspirational US Teen TV text into the cynically engaged flow of British youth television.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:31283
Uncontrolled Keywords:US teen TV, British youth television, US import, Channel 4 and T4, audiences
Publisher:Manchester University Press

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