This book examines issues of identity in social class, ethnicity and race, gender and sexuality, and national and diaspora identity within British and American TV. Fictional representations of the city and urban identity are considered in five television dramas: Queer as Folk, The Cops, Tales of the City Holding On, Homicide. Each is discussed in terms of structure, content, characterisation and narrative, and each is placed within a specific ideological context and meta-narrative. The author further extends his analysis to investigate the intrinsic issues related to the implications of popular and high drama and culture.
Dr. Peter Billingham is Principal Lecturer in Drama at Bath Spa University College. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.