MY FIRST DEBT OF THANKS is to the editors of this Oxford series, Charlotte Brunsdon and John Caughie. Their detailed comments and suggestions on draft material helped me greatly both in the organization of the book and the development of its chapters. I would also like to acknowledge my immediate colleagues at Liverpool University, with whom I have discussed aspects of television over several years, sometimes in the course of working alongside them in teaching and research: Neil Gavin, Peter Goddard, Julia Hallam, Len Masterman, Kay Richardson, and Maggie Scammell. Conversations with a much broader range of colleagues at institutions both in Britain and abroad have shaped my thinking about themes and approaches in the study of television. Here, I would like to mention particularly my editorial colleagues on the journal Media, Culture and Society ( Raymond Boyle, Nicholas Garnham, Anna Reading, Paddy Scannell, Philip Schlesinger, Colin Sparks, and Nancy Wood), Sylvia Harvey of Sheffield Hallam University, and Peter Dahlgren of the University of Lund, Sweden.
Mick Belson at Oxford has handled the progress of the manuscript with courtesy and promptness, for which I am very grateful.