Publisher description for Beyond Dixon of Dock Green : early British police series / Susan Sydney-Smith.

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Counter Based on original archive research, this book traces the emergence of a distinctly British form of TV entertainment: the early BBC uniformed police series. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the genre began with the 1955 series "Dixon of Dock Green", Susan Sydney-Smith suggests that in fact these series were shaped by television’s own evolution in social function from the relaying of news to the replaying of stories.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Detective and mystery television programs Great Britain, Cop shows Great Britain