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British Youth Television: Cynicism and Enchantment

Karen Lury


This book examines the phenomenon of ‘yoof’ television programmes such as Network 7, The Word, The Big Breakfast, Snub TV, and Gamesmaster. Between 1987 and 1995 these and other related programmes formed part of a high-profile genre that in terms of both the personnel involved and their visual style continue to be influential in British television today. Examining these programmes the author reflects on the way in which the contemporary youth audience – Generation X – were being addressed. The author identifies an ambivalent viewing sensibility – ‘cynicism and enchantment’ – which encapsulates ... More

Keywords: yoof television, Network 7, The Word, Big Breakfast, Snub TV, Gamesmaster, Generation X, television, spatial aspects, visual aspects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Lury, author
Lecturer in Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow