Teatime Talk - Ben Lamb
Tickets: Friends £11.50, Guests £12.50
Venue: Northern Counties Club, 11 Hood Street, Newcastle
With wit, humour and insight, the author of the first dedicated study of one of British television’s most popular genres conducts a forensic investigation of British television police series from 1955 to the present.
In just one hour, Ben Lamb analyses the genre, ranging from Dixon of Dock Green to Line of Duty via The Sweeney, The Bill and Cracker.
He outlines how this home-grown genre has evolved and how different production technologies have affected its thematic development. He also looks at how police series have commented on criminological issues and intervened in sociological concerning class and gender identities.
Over the years British police series have borrowed elements from social realism, melodrama, the soap opera, sci-fi, and action series to probe the social disintegration of British society following the end of the Second World War, Ben explores how the representation of the police station, domestic scenes of criminals and the private lives of police officials can unearth the complex ideology underpinning each series and determine how the genre has developed alongside modern British society.
Ben’s talk will appeal to scholars and students of British history, television, culture, sociology and criminology. Mostly though, it will appeal to TV crime-drama addicts and enthusiasts the world over.
Dr Ben Lamb is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Teesside University. An afternoon tea of sandwiches and scones is included within your ticket price.