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Special issue on Danish TV drama

The latest volume of the Danish cinema journal Kosmorama a features a special issue on Danish TV drama with contributions from the MeCETES Copenhagen team.

Eva Novrup Redvall edits the special issue, together with Jakob Ion Wille and Lynge Stegger Gemzøe, while Signe Sophus Lai and Cecilie Astrupgaard contribute an article on Danish audiences.

Other contributors include Jakob Isak Nielsen, Anne Marit Waade and Jakob Ion Wille, Iben Albinus Sabroe, Audun Engelstad and Pia Majbritt Jensen from the Danish research project What makes Danish television drama travel?

In their editorial, Redvall, Wille and Gemzøe stress the international context in which Danish TV drama now operates:

Gone are the days when Danish television drama was a purely national affair. In terms of production, texts and audiences, the past ten years have seen remarkable changes in how we think about domestic drama production. No longer do we conceive of a distinction between drama targeted primarily at national audiences and drama that also has international appeal.”

They also highlight how online viewing practices are affecting television formats, particularly in an effort to attract younger viewers:

“Accordingly, several public service broadcasters are now trying to create alternatives to expensive high-end drama series, and are starting to experiment with new kinds of cheaper content and webisodes. While for many years DR dedicated most of its Fiction time and money to the Sunday night serials, DR is now also producing more quirky series for other time slots such as Bankerot (2014–2015, Broke or new comedy formats such as Ditte & Louise (2015–).”

In a Danish language article, Signe Sophus Lai and Cecilie Astrupgaard present the findings of a major audience survey on television drama, analysing the favourite series of Danish viewers and the different explanations for the attractive elements in various genres and titles.

The authors argue that there are significant variations between reasons for favouring one drama series over the other, and they establish how these differences also relate to the institutional context of the series. The article also explores how the most-watched series are not always the audience favourites.

The special issue of Kosmorama – with articles in both English and Danish – can be viewed online here.

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