My Reality TV book is available to pre-order!

book cover

My new book, Reality Television: The TV Phenomenon That Changed the World is out in November! You can pre-order it via my publisher, Emerald Press or at Amazon right now – just the Christmas present your loved ones never knew they needed etc etc.

I will write more about it nearer the time, but here’s the blurb:

‘Reality television is one of the defining genres of the 21st century. It is shown worldwide, features people from all walks of life and covers everything from romance to religion. It has not only changed television, but every other area of the media.  So why has reality TV become such a huge phenomenon, and what is its future in an age of streaming and social media? This book provides an overview of key theories and debates in the study of reality television and discusses industry practices in their global and national contexts. Deller also explores, through interviews with participants and analyses of key programmes, why people take part in reality TV, how they are represented, and impact this has on their lives. From its documentary roots to its social media present and future – this is a guide to Reality Television: The TV Phenomenon that Changed the World.’

The book is aimed at a broad audience, not just academics, but anyone with an interest in the genre – it extends existing discussions and analyses of RTV to bring in recent examples like Love Island, and the Queer Eye reboot, as well as looking at the impacts of streaming and social media on the genre.

Chapter list below – more info to come!

Chapter 1. Understanding Reality TV Chapter 2. How Reality TV Changed the World Chapter 3. The Business of Reality TV Chapter 4. What Happens in Reality TV? Chapter 5. Reality TV and Celebrity Chapter 6. Reality TV in an Age of Social Media

Radio round-up

Screen X, Cineworld

A round-up of my Radio Sheffield April appearances. If I remember, I’ll try and do this more often, but don’t hold me to it!

This month in our regular TV slot on 17 April (appx 1h in), Paulette Edwards and I discussed Game of Thrones s8, Trust Me s2, Line of Duty s5, Glow Up, The Victim, Back to Life and more. Join us on May 14 at 11am for our next catch-up. In our film slot on 3 April (appx 1h in) we discussed films including Captain Marvel, Pet Sematary, Shazam!, Fisherman’s Friends, and What Men Want. Join us again at 11am on 3 May when we’ll be discussing Avengers: Endgame amongst the rest of the new releases.

I road-tested the new Screen-X facility at Cineworld Sheffield for Howie Pressman on 5 April (appx 40 mins in). Spoiler alert: it’s better than 4DX (bleeee) but I won’t be rushing out to see more films in that format. And Rony Robinson and I discussed the Fleabag finale on April 10.