An introduction to television documentary: confronting reality

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Manchester University Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 258 pages
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This lively introduction to television documentaries spotlights their history, production and reception, principal forms, and functions, and their adaptation to today's programming needs. What impact has television's growing commercialization had on the type of documentary broadcast? What has led to the introduction of an increasing number of hybridized forms? These questions are addressed within an examination of the role of institutions, documentary's "special relationship" with the real, and an insight into how audiences interpret the documentaries they view.

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