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Exploring television acting

Exploring television acting

Hogg, Christopher, editor; Cantrell, Tom, 1982- editor

The first collection of its kind to bring together scholarly and practitioner perspectives, this book analyses the experiences, skills and techniques of actors when working on television. Featuring eleven chapters by internationally distinguished researchers and actor trainers, this collection examines the acting processes and resulting performances of some of the most acclaimed television actors. Topics include: studio and location realism; actor training for television; actor well-being in the television industry; performance in reality television and British and Irish actors in contemporary US television and film. The book also contains case studies examining the work of Emmy-award-winning actor Viola Davis and the iconic character of Gene Hunt in Life on Mars (BBC, 2006-2007)

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Published London; New York: Methuen Drama, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Tom Cantrell and Christopher Hogg
ISBN: 1474248594, 9781474248594
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xi, 192 pages
Subject: Individual actors & performers; Television acting.; Performing arts; Television Production and direction.; Television; Acting techniques; Performing Arts; Television programs Casting.; Films, cinema; Television acting Vocational guidance.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781474248587


  1. Exploring Television Acting: An Introduction
  2. Tom Cantrell and Christopher Hogg
  3. Television Acting: Histories and Inheritances
  4. 1 Performing Sherlock: A Study in Studio and Location Realism
  5. Richard Hewett
  6. 2 'Visible' and 'Invisible' Performance: Framing Performance in 1970s Television
  7. Douglas McNaughton
  8. 3 'No-nonsense Rozzer': Philip Glenister/Gene Hunt, Life on Mars and the Particularity of Television Acting
  9. Stephen Lacey
  10. Television Acting: Approaches and Perspectives
  11. 4 'The Organic and the Technical': a Psychophysical Approach to Television Acting
  12. Tom Cantrell
  13. 5 Viola Davis: A Context for Her Craft and Success in Series Television
  14. Cynthia Baron
  15. 6 'I'm going in there GC style': Performance and Performative Contracts within a Crossover of Reality Television Environments
  16. Louise Cope
  17. 7 Truth and 'Truthiness' in Acting the Real
  18. Derek Paget
  19. Television Acting: Training and Industry
  20. 8 Exploring Actor Training for Television
  21. Trevor Rawlins
  22. 9 Accent on Talent: The Valorization of British Actors on American Quality Television
  23. Christine Becker
  24. 10 Exploring the Casting of British and Irish Actors in Contemporary US Television and Film
  25. Simone Knox
  26. 11 Well-being and the Television Actor: Challenges and Coping Strategies
  27. Christopher Hogg and Charlotte Lucy Smith