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Television personalities: stardom and the small screen

Television personalities: stardom and the small screen

Bennett, James

Although acknowledged as part of a rise in celebrity culture, television's specific forms of stardom have until now remained largely under-theorised. This book examines how television personalities function as commodities & function ideologically, thus relating them to issues of class, national identity, sexuality, gender & social history

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: James Bennett
ISBN: 0415481880, 0415481899, 9780415481885, 9780415481892
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 v. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Fame.; Television personalities United States.; Television personalities Great Britain.; Popular culture; Television broadcasting Social aspects United States.; Television; Mass media; Television broadcasting Social aspects Great Britain.; Performing Arts.


  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Permissions
  4. Introduction
  5. The television personality system
  6. Part 1: 'TV must train its own stars': The invention of the television personality
  7. An 'irreconcilable opposition': Music hall, radio and the emergence of televisual skill
  8. 'Too much glamour?': Glamour, gender and 'in-vision' announcers
  9. Part 2: ''Oooh, I'm an entertainer ... it's what I do': Political economy, performance and pleasure
  10. 'You don't know anyone ... ': The political economy of television fame
  11. The art of 'being yourself': Pleasure, meaning and achievement in performance
  12. Part 3: The television personality system revisited: Ideology, multiplatform and DIY fame
  13. Just 'an ordinary bloke': National identity and ideology
  14. Get Internet famous! (Even if you're nobody)': Multiplatform fame and the television personality system in the digital era
  15. Conclusion
  16. Bibliography
  17. Index

Author note

Dr. James Bennettis Head of Area for Media, Information and Communications at London Metropolitan University, UK. His work focuses upon digital, interactive television and TV fame in the United Kingdom. He has published articles in Screen, Cinema Journal, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Convergenceand Celebrity Studies Journal. He is co-editor of Film and Television after DVDs(with Tom Brown, 2008) and Television as Digital Media(with Niki Strange, forthcoming, 2011).


"Television Personalitiesis going to be one of the defining texts in the fields of television, and celebrity studies. It is an outstanding piece of scholarship that is beautifully, accessibly written."- Sean Redmond, Celebrity Studies

"In this useful, thoughtful book, Bennett investigates a crucial element that has gone missing from our current understanding of television: precisely how it participates in the production and consumption of celebrity. He explores the longstanding assumptions about how television stardom works, making the book essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary television." Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, Australia