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The Best Murders Are British

Essays on the International Appeal of English Crime Dramas

Jim Daems (editor)

ISBN: 9781476679396

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Examines the continuing appeal of British crime drama from The Sweeney through Sherlock, Marcella, and Happy Valley. Individual essays focus on male melodrama, nostalgia, definitions of community, gender and LGBTQ representation, and neoliberalism.
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A staple of television since the early years of the BBC, British crime drama first crossed the Atlantic on public broadcasting stations and specialty cable channels, and later through streaming services. Often engaging with domestic anxieties about the government's power (or lack thereof), and with larger issues of social justice like gender equality, racism, and homophobia, it has constantly evolved to reflect social and cultural changes while adapting U.S. and Nordic noir influences in a way that retains its characteristically British elements.

This collection examines the continuing appeal of British crime drama from The Sweeney through Sherlock, Marcella, and Happy Valley. Individual essays focus on male melodrama, nostalgia, definitions of community, gender and LGBTQ representation, and neoliberalism. The persistence of the English murder, as each chapter of this collection reveals, points to the complexity of British crime drama's engagement with social, political, and cultural issues. It is precisely the mix of British stereotypes, coupled with a willingness to engage with broader global social and political issues, that makes British crime drama such a successful cultural export.
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 11
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Television  
  • Introduction: The Persistence of the English Murder –Jim Daems 1
  • "Queen's Pawn": Changing Male Melodrama, Class Discord and Gender Divides in The Sweeney –Sue Matheson 9
  • "Trust the Gene Genie": Nostalgia and Ideology in Life on Mars –George S. Larke-Walsh 23
  • The "Bloody 'ell" of Broadchurch: Heterotopia in British Television Crime Series –Debnita Charravarti 37
  • A Tale of Two Sidneys: The Aesthetics of Jazz and the Church of England in Grantchester –Phillip E. Mitchell 50
  • "Not so much Happy Valley as brutal, violent, drug- ridden, death valley": Exploring the Big Society in Sally Wainwright'sCrime Drama –Gill Jamieson 61
  • Stumbling Around: The Art of Detection in the British Crime Series Endeavour –Michelle D. Miranda 81
  • Women in British Crime Procedurals –Katrina L. Hinson and Ruth M.E. Oldman 97
  • Speaking in Code: Feminist Narratives in The Bletchley Circle –Meghan Purvis 111
  • No Lipstick Required: Vera and the Potential for an Examination of Post-Feminist Representation in British TV Crime Drama –James Shelton 126
  • From "freak" to "Good Man": Homo social Triangulation in BBC's Sherlock –Rachel Van Hofwegen Willis 140
  • "Crossing the Moor in Those Dark Hours": Modernizing the Gothic in the BBC Sherlock Adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles –L.N. Rosales 155
  • From Out of the Flames: Queer Revenge Plots in Lewis and Waking the Dead –Jim Daems 170
  • Neo-Liberal Violence: Marcella and Britain's Monstrous Work Culture –Robert A, Saunders 182
  • About the Contributors 199
  • Index 201
Jim Daems teaches in the English Department at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. His work focuses primarily on 16th and 17th century English representations of Ireland and on queer theory. He has published books and articles on Canadian multi-media artist and poet bill bissett, Harry Potter, Hank Williams, and Chuck Berry.

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