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Extraordinary television time travel and the wonderful end to the working day

Redmond, Sean 2015, Extraordinary television time travel and the wonderful end to the working day, Thesis eleven, vol. 131, no. 1, pp. 54-64, doi: 10.1177/0725513615613457.

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Title Extraordinary television time travel and the wonderful end to the working day
Author(s) Redmond, SeanORCID iD for Redmond, Sean orcid.org/0000-0002-1460-8610
Journal name Thesis eleven
Volume number 131
Issue number 1
Start page 54
End page 64
Total pages 10
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1461-7455
Keyword(s) The box
heterotopia of special effects
liquid modernity
sensation
time travel
Summary In this article I will present two arguments. First, the argument that the time travel television series historically provided viewers with a spectacular temporal and spatial alternative to the routine of everyday life, the regulation of television scheduling, and the small-world confines of domestic subjectivity. Taking the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, predominantly in a UK viewing environment, I will suggest that the special effect rendering of the time travel sequence expanded the viewer’s material universe, and affectively wrenched the television set free from the strictures of scheduling and realist programming. Further, the time travel series readily and regularly took the domestic space, the ordinary day and the everyman/ person into awesome environments and situations that suggested alternative lifestyles and behaviours, with a different existential tempo and rhythm. At a narrative, thematic, meta- textual, and aesthetically spectacular level, television time travel saw to the wonderful end of the working day. Case studies include Sapphire and Steal, Dr Who, and Quantum Leap. Second, the article will argue that rather than the contemporary time travel television series being an extraordinary alternative to ordinary life, they instead articulate convergence culture, deregulation, multiple channel viewing, and time-shift culture where there is no such thing as an ordinary working day or domestic viewing context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0725513615613457
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
22 Philosophy And Religious Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079660

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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