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    DescriptionFrom the alien worlds of Star Trek to the realistic operating room of ER, the design of sets and costumes contributes not only to the look and mood of television shows, but even more importantly to the creation of memorable characters. Yet, until now, this crucial aspect of television creativity has received little critical attention, despite the ongoing interest in production design within the closely allied discipline of film studies. In this book, Piers Britton and Simon Barker offer a first analytical study of scenic and costume design for television drama series. They focus on three enduringly popular series of the 1960s - "The Avengers", "The Prisoner", and "Doctor Who" - and discuss such topics as the sartorial image of Steed in "The Avengers", the juxtaposition of picturesque and fascistic architecture in "The Prisoner", and the evolution of the high-tech interior of Doctor Who's TARDIS. Interviews with the series' original designers and reproductions of their original drawings complement the authors' analysis, which sheds new light on a variety of issues, from the discourse of fashion to that of the heritage industry, notions of 'Pop' and retro, and the cultural preoccupation with realism and virtual reality.

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    Reading between Designs
    Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in "The Avengers", "The Prisoner", and "Doctor Who"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Piers D. Britton, By (author) Simon J. Barker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 267
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292709270
    ISBN 10: 0292709277

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: APT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 595
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
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    BISAC V2.8: PER010030
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    DC21: 791.45026
    DC22: 791.45/026
    LC classification: PN1992.8.S7 B75 2003
    DC22: 791.45026
    LC classification: 2002013300
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    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "The power to influence our concept of style lies in the hands of designers in television. Most people today can recognize 'a look' that a character projects. Steed and Emma Peel [of The Avengers] were the first to convey 'a look,' and their designers should be saluted. At the heart of this book lies the story of how the look came about." Madeline Ann Kozlowski, Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine, and Emmy Award-winning costume designer for Pryor's Place
    Table of contents
    ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroduction Design for Television as a Subject for Study: The Critical Background Chapter 1Making a Spectacle: Design for Television in the Arena of Cultural StudiesChapter 2Agents Extraordinary: Stylishness and the Sense of Play in Design for The AvengersChapter 3Your Village: Cultural Traps in The PrisonerChapter 4Worlds Apart: Originality and Conservatism in the Imagery of Doctor WhoAfterwordNotesBibliographyIndex