Very soon available – Beyond the Bridge: Contemporary Danish Television Drama

Beyond the Bridge: Contemporary Danish Television Drama
Tobias Hochscherf, Heidi Philipsen
Hardback; £69.00; London and New York: I.B.Tauris; 288 pages; ISBN: 9781784533564

Drawing worldwide acclaim from critics and audiences alike, programmes like The Killing, Borgen, The Bridge and The Legacy demonstrate widespread fascination with Danish style, aesthetics and culture as seen through television narratives. This book uses familiar, alongside lesser known, case studies of drama series to demonstrate how the particular features of Danish production – from work cultures, to storytelling techniques and trans-national cooperation – have enhanced contemporary Danish drama’s appeal both at home and abroad. The era of globalisation has blurred national and international television cultures and promoted regular cross-fertilisation between film and television industries. Important questions have emerged from this context surrounding, for example, the ‘Americanisation’ of foreign television formats, the meaning and practice behind the term ‘quality television’, and the purpose and efficacy of public service broadcasting. Beyond the Bridge tackles these issues in relation to Danish television, by examining the so-called ‘scaffolded production processes’ behind the making of quality serials and their thought-provoking content.
Drawing on popular motifs from these celebrated dramas such as foreign politics, organised crime, global warming, and the impact of multinational corporations, this timely book provides crucial insight into the Danish dramas at the forefront of sophisticated, forward-thinking, fictional television.

About the authors:
Tobias Hochscherf is Professor of Film, Radio and Television at Kiel University of Applied Sciences and the University of Flensburg, Germany. His research interests include film and television history, televisual representations of society and politics, as well as transnational media cultures. He is Associate Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

Heidi Philipsen is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research interests focus on the creative processes and talent development within audiovisual media. Among other publications, she has written a comprehensive study of The National Film School of Denmark: The New Wave of Danish Film – Influences and Imprints from The National Film School of Denmark.

‘In Beyond the Bridge, Hochscherf and Philipsen take us on an analytical ride into the creative context of transnational success and public service channel DR. This book is essential for anyone who wants to understand a fascinating phenomenon in international TV-drama.’
– Ib Bondebjerg, University of Copenhagen

‘Integrating analysis of internationally acclaimed programmes and their reception by audiences, as well as TV production practices, this is an illuminating exploration of contemporary Danish TV drama. It tackles the key questions in current media culture about national specificity, public value and television, professional industry training and the relationship between TV and cinema in a globalised world.’
– Jonathan Bignell, University of Reading

New book: Media and Nostalgia – Yearning for the Past, Present and Future


Media and Nostalgia -Yearning for the Past, Present and Future, by Katharina Niemeyer (editor), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Memory Studies Series, 2014, 256p.

‘Media and nostalgia’ is an interdisciplinary and international collection of critical approaches to nostalgia, analysing specifically its recent boom and its relations with various media. The pieces in the collection take a closer look at how nostalgia has always been a media-related matter, how media trigger nostalgic emotions, how they produce nostalgic narratives and how they can be a creative projection space for nostalgia. The collection analyses film, photography, television, music, professional networks, literature, works of art, home videos and print advertising. The chapters tackle the subject critically with reflections on political and commercial uses of nostalgia and explorations of its recent boom in digital environments.


Introduction: Media and Nostalgia; Katharina Niemeyer

1. Analogue Nostalgia and the Aesthetics of Digital Remediation; Dominik Schrey
2. Homesick for Aged Home Movies: Why Do We Shoot Contemporary Family in an Old-Fashioned Way?; Giuseppina Sapio
3. The Instant Past: Nostalgia and Digital Retro Photography; Gil Bartholeyns
4. Retromania: Crisis of Progressive Ideal and Spectrality in Pop Music; Maël Guesdon and Philippe Le Guern

5. Retrotyping and the Marketing of Nostalgia; Michael Pickering and Emily Keightley
6. Anti-Nostalgia in Citroën’s Advertising Campaign; Emmanuelle Fantin
7. Networks as Media for Nostalgia in an Organisational Context; Thibaut Bardon, Emmanuel Josserand and Florence Villesèche
8. Media and the Closure of the Memory Boom; Andrew Hoskins

9. Nostalgia is not What it Used to be: Serial Nostalgia and Nostalgic Television Series; Katharina Niemeyer and Daniela Wentz
10. AMC’s Mad Men and the Politics of Nostalgia; David P. Pierson
11. The Television Channel ARTE as a Time Machine and Matrix for European Identity; Aline Hartemann
12. Nostalgia, Tinted Memories and Cinematic Historiography: On Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958); Ute Holl

13. Creative Nostalgia for an Imagined Better Future: Il treno del Sud by the Migrant Filmmaker Alvaro Bizzarri ; Morena La Barba
14. Nostalgia and Postcolonial Utopia in Senghor’s Négritude; Nadia Yala Kisukidi
15. Impossible Nostalgia; Itzhak Goldberg
16 . Journeys through the Past: Contempt, Nostalgia and Enigma; John Potts

Poetic Transfer of a (Serious) Situation; Marine Baudrillard

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