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Ageing across Space and Time: Exploring Concepts of Ageing and Identity in the Female Ensemble Dramas Tenko and Call the Midwife

Jennings, Ros

Journal of British cinema and television. Volume 14:Issue 2 (2017); pp 179-195 -- Edinburgh University Press

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  • Title:
    Ageing across Space and Time: Exploring Concepts of Ageing and Identity in the Female Ensemble Dramas Tenko and Call the Midwife
  • Author: Jennings, Ros
  • Found In: Journal of British cinema and television. Volume 14:Issue 2 (2017); pp 179-195
  • Journal Title: Journal of British cinema and television
  • Subjects: Motion pictures--Great Britain--Periodicals; Television--Great Britain--Periodicals; ageing--Call the Midwife--female ensemble dramas--feminism--post-feminism--space--television--Tenko--time; Dewey: 791.450941
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Edinburgh University Press
  • Abstract: Abstract :

    This article focuses on two female ensemble dramas Tenko (BBC/Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1981–5) and Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012–) and uses an ageing studies lens to explore the way that the ensemble format provides a particularly rich insight into the relationship between women, ageing and understandings of women's identity over time. The two dramas provide complex and evocative links between the spaces and times of British politics, culture and society in different historical periods enabling a highly nuanced engagement with the ideological constructions of concepts of age and women's gendered identities.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100052295144.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1743-4521; 10.3366/jbctv.2017.0362
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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