Cops on the Box: Crime Drama on UK


Location: University of Glamorgan, ATRiuM, Cardiff CF2 2FN

Audience: Public

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Cops on the Box was a one-day conference which gathered together critical readings of contemporary British crime drama. It aimed to provide a thorough and illuminating analysis of crime drama on contemporary UK screens from a range of theoretical perspectives in order to advance scholarship on this important TV genre.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (University of Warwick): 'Three ways with television police series’.

Panel themes:

  • Politics, Policing and Britishness;
  • Genre and Classification;
  • Detection;
  • Genre and Gender;
  • Place and Identity;
  • The Impact of Past Police Series.


A proposal for an edited collection is in development with University of Wales Press as part of its Contemporary Landmark Television series, edited by Prof. Steve BlandfordProf. Stephen Lacey and Dr Ruth McElroy. This will include papers from this conference.