Learn to produce classic TV: BBC’s influences on China’s early television drama production

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


International Communication Association (ICA)’s pre-conference ‘Crossing Borders: Researching Transnational Media History’, Fukuoka, Japan

At a time when forms and genres on Chinese television are flourishing and global television format trade has been taking place on both national and local levels of Chinese television, rediscovering China’s television history in a global context would be a worthwhile effort. This paper grows out of the presenter’s on-going project which intends to investigate the delegation from China Central Television which visited the BBC around 1978: the end of the Cultural Revolution period. Members of this delegation have since become highly influential in the development of TV drama in China, and especially historical dramas and literary adaptations. For example, Fulin Wang, who later became a pioneering figure in China’s Post-Cultural Revolution television drama industry, had played a vital role in fostering a new understanding about television as a popular medium and initiating new forms of television drama. The term ‘serial television’, which derives from this visit, still has currency in China. The project has been involving work at the BBC Written Archives as well as interviews with personnel from CCTV and the BBC. Based on this research project, this particular paper attempts to critically examine how the discourse of classic television which was originally generated within the Anglosphere had been appropriated and re-articulated by China’s Post-Cultural Revolution television drama productions.
Period9 Jun 2016
Event typeOther