History on Television

Author(s): 
Gray, Ann
Author(s): 
Bell, Erin
ISBN: 
9780415580380
Date published: 
December 2012
Hardback
Price: 
£85.00

History on Television considers recent changes in the media landscape, which have affected to a great degree how history in general, and whose history in particular, appears onscreen. Through a number of case studies, using material from interviews by the authors with academic and media professionals, the role of the ‘professional’ historian and that of media professionals – commissioning editors and producer/directors - as mediators of historical material and interpretations is analysed, and the ways in which the ‘logics of television’ shape historical output are outlined and discussed.