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    The Rise of the Unreal Real: Realism and Science Fiction on British Television 1936-1950 This paper will examine how early science fiction productions illustrate the shifting ideas of what television style should be. Television style developed from an experimental early stage where a number of different approaches were tried, as with Jan Bussell's non-realist visuals for his 1938 and 1948 adaptations of "R.U.R.". It then solidified around the idea of television as a live relay of events from somewhere, or even somewhen, else into the viewer's home, as used in "The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde" in 1950. This shift from a freer use of the possibilities of television to a standardised concept of "realist" drama even in relation to fantastic narratives reflected changing understanding of the television audience based on audience research carried out by the BBC.
    PeriodOct 2008
    Event typeConference
    LocationChicago, United StatesShow on map