Introduction
in Paranoid visions
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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book provides a history of the spy genre in British television drama, alongside its cousin the conspiracy genre which also often focuses upon the world of intelligence but typically from an external and more critical perspective. It also provides a full diachronic account of the spy and conspiracy genres across British television from the 1960s to the 2000s. The book explores the long-term evolution of a genre, it mirrors analyses of the evolution of the spy novel by writers such as Denning, John G. Cawelti, Bruce A. Rosenberg and Allan Hepburn, as well as studies of the development of the James Bond phenomenon across different media by scholars such as James Chapman, Tony Bennett and Janet Woollacott. It is also designed to complement more general diachronic histories of British television drama.

Paranoid visions

Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama

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