Adjusting the contrast

British television and constructs of race

Edited by Sarita Malik and Darrell M. Newton

Adjusting the contrast
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0098-6
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: RRP £80.00, NOW £16.00
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: Television Studies, Television, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General, Ethnic Studies, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, The arts / Television, Ethnic studies, Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture


Through contextual and textual analyses, this title explores a range of texts and practices that address the ongoing phenomenon of race and its relationship to television. Chapters explore policies and the management of race; transnationalism and racial diversity; historical questions of representation; the myth of a multicultural England, and more. Included are textual analyses of programmes such as Doctor Who, Shoot the Messenger, Desi DNA, Top Boy, and the broadcast environments that helped to create them. Other chapters scrutinise the 1950s and how immigration is reframed on contemporary television screens on programmes like Call the Midwife; the continuing myth of a multicultural England through Luther, and how comedies such as Till Death Us Do Part, cautiously framed racial tensions as laughing matters.


'Adjusting the Contrast makes a meaningful intervention into the whiteness that historically characterises much of UK television studies [.]with this rigorous, engaging and eclectic collection, Malik, Newton and their contributors play an important part in the ongoing project to decolonise British television studies.'
Hannah Hamad, Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies, Vol. 13, No. 4 (2018)


Sarita Malik is Professor of Media, Culture and Communications at Brunel University

Darrell M. Newton is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire


Introduction - Sarita Malik and Darrell M. Newton
1 A little Brit different? BBC America and transnational constructs of Britishness - Darrell M. Newton
2 Scheduling race - Anamik Saha
3 Reframing the 1950s: race and representation in recent British television - James Burton
4 Black British drama, losses and gains: the case of Shoot the Messenger - Sarita Malik
5 The iconic ghetto on British television: Black representation and Top Boy - Kehinde Andrews
6 Whiteness, normativity and the ongoing racial Other: imperial fictions: Doctor Who, post-racial slavery and other liberal humanist fantasies - Susana Loza
7 Myth of a multicultural England in BBC's Luther - Nicole M. Jackson
8 Framing The Fosters: jokes, racism and Black and Asian voices in British comedy television - Gavin Schaffer

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