The Rise of the Business Entertainment Format on British Television

Boyle, R. (2009) The Rise of the Business Entertainment Format on British Television. In: Moran, A. (ed.) TV Formats Worldwide: Localizing Global Programs. Intellect: Bristol, pp. 99-112. ISBN 9781841503066

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This article examines the rise of what has been called by television executives the ‘business entertainment’ format on British television over the last decade. As the traditional boundaries between news and current affairs, drama and documentary have blurred British television has responded to these shifts by engaging with the world of business through differing forms and formats. This chapter traces the development of the business entertainment format through programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice. While both formats originate from outside of the UK television market, the British versions are distinctly shaped by the wider public service culture that runs through large sections of the industry and the BBC in particular. What do these formats tell us about the changing ecology of broadcasting in the UK? Does television respond to a wider changing attitude to business in society, or are these programmes an example of how increasingly television is playing a central role in re-defining how we frame our engagement with business and finance?

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Television, Dragons' Den, Reality TV, BBC, The Apprentice
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyle, Professor Raymond
Authors: Boyle, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies

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