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Box of delights, bridge of feathers: children's drama on Telefis Eireann/RTE 1962-1987

Gilligan, Patrick (1992) Box of delights, bridge of feathers: children's drama on Telefis Eireann/RTE 1962-1987. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

This thesis describes the general character of the children's television drama transmitted on Telefis Eireann/RTE from 1962 to 1987, reviews the programming context of the provision, and evaluates the drama transmitted to dramatic, developmental and cultural criteria. The thesis identifies and analyses a representative selection of the home-originated and imported children’s television drama in the schedules over the period under review. Details of the identified drama transmissions are provided in the Appendices. The Appendices also Include details of home produced children's programmes and of relevant home-originated adult drama. Chapter One outlines some dramatic criteria for classification and evaluation of the schedule content, constructs a developmental perspective of children as users of television drama, and examines the cultural contexts of Irish children as viewers. The selected schedule provision, relevant formative factors, and the programming environment are examined in general terms in Chapter Two. The selected provision is analysed in generic and thematic categories in Chapters Three, Four and Five. Chapter Three examines drama in the fantasy paradigm, which is predominantly animation drama; Chapter Four analyses the live action provision, discussing films originally made for cinema, drama particularly relevant to the actuality of children's lives, adventure drama, situation comedy and family-centred drama, and drama featuring animals. Chapter Five examines two categories characterised by heavy value-loading— drama based on literature and drama based on history; this chapter also discusses sources for research on thesis topics and gives a brief summary of developments in home produced television drama for children from 1987 to date. Chapter Six sets out the conclusions and areas of further enquiry indicated by the study of the provision and the analysis.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:1992
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):McBride, Stephanie
Uncontrolled Keywords:Drama in education; Television broadcasting Ireland; Children and television
Subjects:Humanities > History
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:18751
Deposited On:30 Jul 2013 11:56 by Celine Campbell. Last Modified 30 Jul 2013 11:56

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