No other way to tell it

Docudrama on film and television (second edition)

By Derek Paget

No other way to tell it


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8447-8
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: May 2011
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Television, Radio, Films, cinema, PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Documentary, The arts / Film, TV & radio, The arts / Documentary films


This second edition of No other Way To Tell It defines the form, analyses its codes and conventions, and reviews contrasting histories in America and British practice - taking into account new developments since the first edition.

These include television's radically new ecology; with factual formats a growth area. Docudrama in film has also burgeoned recently, partly because the industries themselves have grown closer and partly because of continued interest in the lives of the famous and of those in the news. International co-production now exploits many different screening opportunities and possibilities, with the result that docudrama and become a cinematic as well as televisual staple. Docudrama is not only popular with audiences; it also causes constant flurries of commentary and controversy. Concerns about 'borders' and 'boundaries', a questioning of documentary's claim to represent the real, doubts about the popular audience's ability to cope with new approaches to the ideas of witness, testimony and confession, authenticity and truth - all fuel the debate.

This new edition situates docudrama and its ongoing debates within a newly vibrant and still highly contentious field of practice. This book will interest readers - academic and general - with an interest in fact-based drama in film, theatre and television


Introduction to the Second Edition
1. Working on Docudrama
2. The Law and Regulation - Docudrama in the New Millennium
3. Codes, Conventions and Change
4. Keywords, Key Debates
5. Histories: Antecedents and First Phase
6. Histories: Second Phase Developments
7. Histories: Third Phase 'Co-Pros'
8. Histories: Fourth Phase Hybridisation


Derek Paget is Reader in Theatre and Television in the department of film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading

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