Screening the Nation: Landmark Television in Wales

Steven Blandford, Stephen Lacey, Ruth McElroy, Rebecca Williams

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportpeer-review


A programme of research by the University of Glamorgan in collaboration with the BBC Trust and Audience Council Wales

The research, on which the study is based, attempted to find some answers to the following questions:
-What does it mean to say that a city, or a nation, is ‘portrayed’ (or not) in television drama, and why is this important?
-What sense do audiences in Wales make of the representation of Cardiff and south Wales in high-profile landmark television dramas such as Doctor Who and Torchwood?
-In what ways might the answers to the above questions contribute to ongoing debates about ‘the Nation’ and the ‘imagined community’ (Anderson 1983) of Wales?
A subsidiary question was:
-To what degree, and in what ways, do audiences identify landmark drama produced in Wales with BBC Cymru Wales?
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBBC Trust/Audience Council for Wales
Commissioning bodyBBC Audience Council Wales
Number of pages113
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2010


  • Welsh Television
  • television production


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