AS Media Studies Practical Task: Deadline!

Deadline for all work to be posted on blogs is Friday 13th February.

Blogs will be checked from Monday 16th.

Remember, if it’s not on the blog, it won’t be marked.

Top tips:

Print each page to check for clipping around the edges.

Export each page as a JPEG image at the maximum quality setting and 150dpi.

For the double page spread, change the Export setting from Pages to Spreads.

Make sure the full size images are posted on your blog and saved to the N: drive.

Complete the first two sections of the Print Task Checklist and save in the N: drive.


The Best British TV Dramas of 2014?

Here’s one reviewer’s thoughts:  Euan Ferguson’s Best of British TV Dramas 2014



Notable Film Studios and Other Sites

Set Topic Content for TV Drama Module

Here is the breakdown of the content for the TV Drama module.  Look carefully at the requirements for Section A AND Section B.  In particular, look at the advice given about the sort of information you need to collect for your Case Study for Section B (we will all be doing Film).

AS G322 Overview 1


AS G322 Overview 2


AS G322 Overview 3


AS G322 Overview 4


Institutions and Audiences


TV Drama Past Paper and Sample Response for Section B

Here is a sample paper for the TV Drama module in 2010, along with a sample response for Section B that was awarded a ‘B’ grade.  Read it carefully and look closely at how it addresses the key requirements of the question.


‘B’ grade answer

Useful TV Drama Resources

Here is a selection of useful resources for your study of TV Drama.  This will be added to in due course.  If you have any suggestions for links that could be included, please e-mail me and let me know.

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Case Studies for AS Level TV Drama Module

Waterloo Road Case Study Glee Case Study Torchwood Case Study The Tudors Case Study Skins Case Study Sherlock Holmes Case Study Lewis Case Study Holby City Case Study Downton Abbey Case Study CSI Case Study Media Studies Theorists  Breaking Bad Case Study

Here are a number of case studies that you will find useful in your study of Television Drama.  Take your time to read them carefully, paying special attention to the way that media terminology (language) is incorporated into the discourse.  Once you have read them, have a go at writing your own case study.  You may like to choose from one of the following sub-genres:

  • Period Drama | Emma, Downton Abbey, The Tudors, Mildred Pierce
  • Crime Drama | The Wire, Luther, Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes, Inspector George
  • Gently, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Chase, CSI, NCIS, 24, New Tricks, Hustle, Bones,Dexter, Cold Case
  • Science Fiction | Torchwood, Doctor Who, Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes (arguably),Primeval
  • Medical Drama | Holby City, Casualty, Scrubs, House, ER, Doc Martin
  • Teen Drama | Skins, OC, 90210, Waterloo Road
  • Melodrama / Soap Opera | Hollyoaks, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Footballer’sWives and Hotel Babylon borrow from the conventions of Melodrama
  • Political Drama | West Wing, Spooks (Spy Drama), The Kennedys
  • Comedy Drama | Shameless, Trollied (although arguably a SitCom)
  • Action/Adventure Drama | Lost, 24
  • Fantasy Drama | Merlin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Highlander, Lost, True Blood

Audience Research

These slides explain how to identify and characterise the target audience for your music magazine.

They also explain how to conduct your own primary research as you plan and develop your magazine.


Media Theorists

Media Studies Theorists

Breaking Bad Case Study


Breaking Bad Case Study