Æstetik og kvalitet i tv-serien SHERLOCK

Benazir Braae

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper is shaped around BBC’s TV-show Sherlock. The aim of this endeavor is to investigate the use of esthetic stylistic means, especially intertextuality and fan activities, in relation to defining how and if the TV-show is able to engage the viewer. Delving lightly into the history of television, this project will begin by defining the different tendencies that make up the second and particularly the third Golden Age of Television, we are currently engaged in. The concept of “quality” TV emerged during the late 90’s. A whole new tendency of awareness of an audience seeking quality, was the segment that turned the status quo upside down. Television entered a third golden age, as many “quality” television shows emerged on the premium cable television networks as well as in broadcast television. The effect was unmistakable. Modern television has transformed from a medium that targets mass audience appeal, to one that also engages those with more sophisticated sensibilities. Both the lower working class, those in the academic world and those in between, all seem to find something that speaks to them in this new emerging genre. Television has now become accepted as a viable artistic medium. The days when TV was thought of as an outlet for “stupid people” are fading away. Essentially, modern television’s level of ambitions has moved closer and closer towards the standards of cinema. Focusing on narrative storytelling and character development within the story are all just examples of the televisual poetics, Jason Mittell is referring to in his book “Complex TV - The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling” (2015). My focus in this project is to investigate, if the Sherlock tv-show is successful in its attempt to encourage, inspire, include and withdraw its audience. Through my analysis I wish to see if it is possible to include Sherlock (2010) as part of a 3rd generation of television series that are described as “quality” TV by Jason Mitell and Hanne Kannik Haastrup, with the emphasis on five characteristics that define this new classification.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 jan. 2016
VejledereCharlotte Engberg