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Television Mockumentary
Author: Craig Hight

ISBN: 9780719073175
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16 September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.3
Mockumentary is a key discourse within contemporary culture, a `call to play' that centres on the appropriation of non-fiction codes and conventions. It has been used by filmmakers and television producers to reenergise genres from horror (The Blair Witch Project), to science fiction (Cloverfield), political drama (Death of a President) and more recently sitcom (The Office). This book argues that the emergence of television mockumentary series signals a key point in the development of mockumentary discourse, and of television comedy as a whole. Mockumentary is now an established part of the spectrum of television styles, with both deep roots in television history and a key part of innovations in the sitcom genre since the 1990s. As television producers have exploited the possibilities for mockumentary programming within the densely layered, intertextual environment of televisual space, they have created richly layered experiences for audiences.

This book traces the development of mockumentary series within the broader history of traditions of satire, drama and non-fiction programming, using detailed discussions of popular and innovative television ser...

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