Taking place, screening place: Studying locations in Danish television drama production

Kim Toft Hansen, Anne Marit Waade

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    In this chapter, we exemplify location studies as a method by a location reading of the Danish television drama Arvingerne/The Legacy (DR 2014–17). In the wake of Nordic Noir, this family drama was distributed internationally, broadcast in the UK on Sky Arts and in the USA by MHz Worldview, and distributed for both streaming and wholesale with English subtitles. The Danish ‘traditional’ public service broadcaster DR shot the series partly on location and in studios, resulting in a remarkable negotiation of place symbolism and the establishment of the series’ genre codes. As we will demonstrate, location studies as a method, besides discussing spatial issues of screened drama, may also reveal the genre-specific functions of place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Screen Production
    EditorsCraig Batty, Marsha Berry, Kath Dooley, Bettina Frankham, Susan Kerrigan
    Number of pages13
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Publication date2019
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-21743-3
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-21744-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Locations
    • location studies
    • TV series
    • production studies


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