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Travelling or not?: A content analysis mapping Danish television drama from 2005 to 2014

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The article presents a quantitative content analysis (Krippendorff, 2013) of the first episode of the 32 Danish drama series produced between 2005 and 2014. A number of these have experienced unprecedented, international success, with series such as Borgen (2010-13) and The Killing (2007-12) travelling to multiple countries on several continents. The article shows that there are systematic differences in terms of formal characteristics, themes, and characters’ communicative style between the series that travel and the series that do not. Especially, the analysis finds that the presence of strong female lead characters is systematically linked to the positive travel patterns of the series, and that this cuts across different genres of series. The analysis also finds that series, which have explicitly low production values and simple narrative structure, systematically travels poorer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Studies in Television. The international journal of television studies
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)395–410
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 19 Dec 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Television drama, content analysis, Denmark, Television distribution

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