Adjusting the contrast National and cultural identity, ethnicity and difference have always been major themes within the national psyche. People are witnessing the rise and visibility of far-right politics and counter-movements in the UK and USA. Simultaneously, there is an urgent need to defend the role of public service media. This book emerges at a time when these shifts and conjunctures that impact on and shape how 'race' and racial difference are perceived. They are coinciding with rapidly changing media contexts and environments and the kinds of racial representations that are constructed within public service broadcasting (PSB), specifically the BBC and Channel 4. The book explores a range of texts and practices that address the ongoing phenomenon of race and its relationship to television. Policies and the management of race; transnationalism and racial diversity; historical questions of representation; the myth of a multicultural England are also explored. It interrogates three television primarily created by women, written by women, feature women in most of the lead roles, and forcefully reassert the place of women in British history. The book contributes to the range of debates around television drama and black representation, examining BBC's Shoot the Messenger and Top Boy. Finally, it explores some of the history that led to the belated breakthrough of Black and Asian British comedy. The book also looks at the production of jokes about race and colour prior to the 1980s and 1990s, and questioning what these jokes tell us about British multiculturalism in this period.
will ‘light the fuse and this country’s gonna blow’
is now finally materialising. Little did Cracker audiences know
at the time that they were in fact, as Kinsella states, ‘looking
at the future’: a future where the socially marginalised would
indeed turn to explosive, populist, far-rightpolitical movements to
have their voices heard.
Like most Englishmen prior to the end of the twentieth
century, he elided English with British national identity in a seemingly
unproblematic way. The Union Jack signifies England in both Jubilee
and The Last of England since at the time he made those films, the
flag of St George, the more precise signifier of Englishness, was then still
the almost exclusive property of far-rightpolitical groups. 21 This elision of
witnessing the rise and visibility of far-rightpolitics
and counter-movements in the UK and USA. Simultaneously, there is
an urgent need to defend the role of public service media, given its position in the multicultural public sphere.1 This collection emerges at a time
when these shifts and conjunctures that impact on and shape how ‘race’
and racial difference are perceived, are coinciding with rapidly changing
media contexts and environments and the kinds of racial representations
that are constructed within public service broadcasting (PSB).
Even in the midst of these
The transgressive zine culture of industrial music in the 1970s and
industrial subgenre an intimidating
one to outsiders. This was a movement that was transgressive not only in its
musical form but also in its philosophical outlook. As Christopher Partridge
has noted, industrial artists took seriously ‘their role as the damned in society
and enthusiastically excavated what the modern world had rejected – including
occult thought, far-rightpolitical discourse and sadistic criminality’.3 This
ensured that the industrial scene stood out as a particularly anarchic and
nihilistic force in the post-punk musical underground. Unsurprisingly, then
subsequent condemnation certainly renewed interest in and sparked debate around the events of the Second World War some fifty years after its conclusion.
In the twenty years following Chirac's landmark speech in 1995, two more presidents have come and gone; Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–12) and François Hollande (2012–17). This period saw a significant rise in popularity for far-rightpolitical parties, including the National Front. This is important to our story as they reintroduced conservative rhetoric into public discourse, echoing the sentiments of