‘You don’t need influence … all you need is your first opportunity!’: The Early Broadcast Talent Show and the BBC

Holmes, Su (2014) ‘You don’t need influence … all you need is your first opportunity!’: The Early Broadcast Talent Show and the BBC. Critical Studies in Television, 9 (1). pp. 23-42. ISSN 1749-6039

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Abstract

Popular histories of the reality talent show often position programmes like Opportunity Knocks as key generic precursors to the popular formats of today. But the visibility of such shows in such popular histories - and in popular memory - disguises the fact that the genre has been almost totally neglected in both television historiography and celebrity studies. In drawing upon archival documentation, this article looks at early examples of the broadcast talent show in Britain, with a particular focus on radio’s Opportunity Knocks, and examines the institutional and cultural discourses which surrounded them.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 13:20
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/49336
DOI: 10.7227/CST.9.1.3

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