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Consider the representation of the police in Heartbeat & In Deep - How do the openings of both crime dramas set the pace for the audience?

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28/03/03 Consider the Representation of the police in Heartbeat & In Deep. How Do the Openings of Both Crime Dramas Set the Pace for the Audience? From the openings of both In Deep and Heartbeat we immediately get a clear picture of what sort of content we can expect to see in the program. Heartbeat opens with a sunset image overlooking the Yorkshire dales with the logo fading into it. There is a new shot each time the introduction of a new character is shown. The character is shown doing what they are renowned for in the programme e.g. Tricia Penrose is the bar tender and she is shown cleaning a pint glass. Heartbeat is set in the 60's and is very much concerned with the uniform police, there is hardly any evidence that there is conflict between the public and the police, which reflects the mood of that period. ...read more.


So from the opening the viewer of this program can expect to see friendliness and good overcoming evil. Pop music is also a big feature of this ongoing series because it captures the mood and actions of the people while they are going about there daily routine e.g. 'My Generation' is used when showing the teenagers in a bad light. The audience expect to see a battle between good and bad and they expect to see victory by the good, they expect to see dramatic flowery wallpaper as this was the d�cor of that time, they would expect to see a bobby on the beat etc. Whereas in total contrast the opening titles of In Deep gives us a kaleidoscope of images, the colours are dark which have connotations of mystery suspense and aggression. In Deep is set in the present time and is concerned with undercover police. It opens with lots of images flashing up, first with the main characters and their names and screen names embedded in cut paper that is shown at the bottom of the screen. ...read more.


The police go undercover to get a taste of what its like to live like a criminal and eventually get there man, this can only be shown because crimes these days have dramatically changed. These sorts of crimes that we see in 'In Deep' were unheard of in the 60's. Finally the viewer of this program can there fore expect to see guns, murders, fights, blood clues etc because sadly this is what we have come to expect in this day and age. So we can see that realism has a vital role to play in how effective a crime drama is. If the props etc didn't fit in you wouldn't have a crime drama at all, you would most likely have a comedy. Also the fact that culture and ideology has changed has played the biggest part in the way crime dramas are made. We've gone from Dixon of Docks Green in the 50's where a bobby patrols the beat to In Deep now where there are mastermind criminals performing brutal/fatal acts. ...read more.

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