Teaching TV Quiz Shows

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Teaching TV Quiz Shows

Teacher's Guides and Classroom Resources


January 20th, 2009





After a brief introduction, Teaching TV Quiz Shows is organized in sections beginning with a short history after a brief introduction; and is then divided into the key media concepts of audience, producers, textual analysis and genre. A penultimate section addresses the debates surrounding quiz shows, especially in regards to issues of representation adn the impact of quiz shows on pop culture. The sections are interconnected and suggest activities that relate to different shows.
Quiz shows, like situation comedies and soaps, are part of television's staple diet popular with both audiences and producers. Quiz shows are broadcast on most major television channels and have recently morphed into phone-ins, on-line competitions, and other forms that reflect the convergence of different media. Their immense popularity makes them ideal case studies for critical evaluation.


Author Information

Wendy Helsby taught media and film studies at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, U.K., and is a tutor for the Open University. She is the author of Teaching TV Advertising, Children's Comics: A Teacher's Guide, and Teaching TV Quiz Shows.