Paul Abbott

By Beth Johnson

Paul Abbott


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8629-8
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2013
  • BIC Category: Television, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism, Biography: Arts & Entertainment, The arts / Television, Film and Media
  • Series: The Television Series


Creator of television series such as Shameless, Clocking Off, State of Play, Reckless, Linda Green and Children's Ward, Paul Abbott is a British 'showrunner' and writer whose name and reputation for edgy, intelligent, successful and socio-political programmes holds significant weight both in the contemporary television industry and with the public. This is the first book-length academic study of the television programmes created, written by, and/or executive-produced, by Abbott. It is also the first academic study to attempt to consider his complete oeuvre.

Within a broadly chronological structure this book elucidates, decodes and evaluates key examples of Abbott's output, exhibiting a vital evaluation of Abbott's work over the past three decades and assessing his contribution to British television. Engaging with thematic and ideological notions of the personal, the autobiographical, the honest, the shameless, the pleasurable and the painful recourse of the specificity of 'ordinary life', the volume seeks to combine close textual analysis of Abbott's work with archival research and specially commissioned interviews with Abbott and other important industry practitioners.


...Johnson whose excellent book should be read both by those interested in Abbott's work specifically and those interested in television screenwriting and constructions of Northernness in contemporary British television drama more generally.


Foreword by Paul Aabbott
List of illustrations
General Editors' preface
1. Biographical sketch: Abbott as writer, producer and creator
2. Reckless
3. Clocking Off
4. Linda Green
5. State of play
6. Shameless
7. Abbottvision, global reach and epilogue
Appendix 1: Interviewing Paul Abbott
Appendix 2: List of programmes and films


Beth Johnson is a Lecturer in Television and Film Studies at Keele University

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