• A Very Peculiar Practice- 35 years on

    Author(s):
    GN Martin (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Comedy, Fiction, Satire, Television, Television--Study and teaching
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    CAMPUS NOVEL, comedy, Comedy (genre), Novel (genre), Television studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/ffy0-1a54
    Abstract:
    On May 21st 1986, the BBC broadcast the first episode of Andrew Davies’s campus black comedy A Very Peculiar Practice. 2021 celebrates the series’ 35th anniversary. This article considers the contribution of the series to the genre of campus comedy (and “campus novel”). It considers and evaluates the themes, plots and characters introduced throughout the series and how these reflected, and reacted to, the political backdrop and ideology of the time. Its contribution to the tradition of university satire is discussed in the broader context of the campus novel, that comedy of manners in which the University, its staff, its students and its operation are satirised.
    Notes:
    This pre-print is currently under review. Comments and suggestions welcome
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved
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