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Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama

Joseph Oldham


Paranoid Visions provides an extensive historical account of the spy and conspiracy genres in British television drama, tracing a lineage from 1960s Cold War series, through 1980s paranoid conspiracy dramas, to contemporary ‘war on terror’ thrillers. It argues that the on-screen depictions of intelligence services can interpreted as metaphors for the production cultures that created the programmes, meditating on the roles and responsibilities of public institutions whose trade is information and ideas. It incorporates close analyses of classic series including Callan, The Sandbaggers, Edge of ... More

Keywords: Spy, Conspiracy, British television, Intelligence, BBC, John Le Carré, Serial, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Cold War, War on Terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781784994150
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784994150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Oldham, author
University of Warwick