‘I’m a Copper not a Welfare Officer’: Emergent Feminist Thought in Hunters Walk and 1970s British Police Series

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Abstract

This article uses what was a very popular programme, Hunters Walk, to challenge dominant understandings of the British police series in the 1970s. Studies of British television drama often characterise this genre as being epitomised by The Sweeney throughout this decade; remembered for its use of film cameras on location to regularly depict action sequences in a somewhat escapist fashion. This article complicates such a dominant critical opinion by drawing attention to a popular series shot in the studio with video cameras and analysing its engagement with feminist concerns and representations of gender, a trait usually attributed to soap operas at that time
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-364
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016

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