• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Cops on the box, there are three main types of crime dramas, they are a series, a serial and the occasional drama.

Extracts from this document...


Media Studies Coursework Cops On The Box Section 1 Knowledge and understanding. There are many different types of crime dramas that appeal to different audiences; there are three main types of crime dramas, they are a series, a serial and the occasional drama. The series is a programme like CSI or Silent Witness; these programmes are shown on TV once a week. These programmes consist of the same characters but there is a different story line each time. This kind of programme can be made very cheaply as they will use the same locations each week. In CSI the main locations are the laboratory and HQ. They can also have main characters that will be given a contract. Other Characters brought in for single episodes will be played by less well-known characters. The serial drama is almost the same as a series as it uses the same characters and locations, except the fact that the story line will carry on into the next episode. ...read more.


There are exceptions like the News, which may have scenes that could offend young children; they must give a content warning. Also if there is a sudden change in the tone of the programme that is unavoidable there should be a clear warning. This is why different types of crime dramas are shown at different times because different shows may contain different tones. Section 2 Analysis Over the years crime dramas have changed. The media represents people in different ways with this general publics view of the police have been changed too. They could have once been portrayed as a helpful, friendly member of the community. Nowadays they can be associated with drug, sexual relations and being criminals, more than actually catching the criminals. CSI A modern Crime Drama is CSI. CSI is based on the daily happenings at Las Vegas Forensic Lab. The crimes that happen around Las Vegas are generally murders that sometimes have leads to other crimes. Many of the crimes are far fetched. They use very high tech equipment, they precisely the correct clues. ...read more.


It is more like a Hollywood film than your traditional police programme. It uses tracking cameras and fades and dissolves which look slick and stylish as it is in the movies. The representation of police in CSI is very positive, so they obviously don't seem very corrupt, as Grissom is always seen as being calm and professional. The programme very rarely delves into the main characters personal lives. This detaches it from any relation to a soap drama. The main characters in CSI are Captain Jim Brass is in charge of the police. Gill Grissom, Warrick Brown, Sarah Sidle, Nick Stokes and Catherine Willows are main characters that work in the crime lab. Only occasionally is there a hint of a further relationship blooming between any of the main characters. There is an on going thing between Sarah and Grissom, but this has been very slight and only happens once a series. The Shield. The shield is much more dramatic and realistic than CSI. They do this by representing the police in a completely different light to CSI. They represent the police as more human, showing their faults. They had a great involvement in drug trafficking. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Crime & Deviance section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Crime & Deviance essays

  1. An analysis of The Daily Mail.

    The actual crime would be summarised in the first paragraph and the story would follow in more detail. The victim would mostly be portrayed as the helpless innocent person and many times would be hailed as a hero. The victims were usually female or young children and were often described as being left emotionally tormented and psychologically affected.

  2. With reference to at least four police dramas explain how the genre of police ...

    It focuses more on the police activities and the viewer see thefts and car chases. The crimes are quite simple however the music suggests that the storyline is more exciting than the original. The mid 90's title sequence suggests more serious crimes as we see mug shots, fingerprints and data.

  1. Compare the ways in which crime is presented in Moll Flanders and Roxana? Assess ...

    This creates intimacy between the reader and the protagonist. In both novels, 'Roxana and Moll Flanders look back on their life of sinfulness and opportunism. It is a life that they must both embrace; it is made them who they are'.

  2. The Application Of Forensic Science In the Detection of Crime

    Several methods are used to detect hair evidence - visual searches, searches using alternative light sources, and searches using additional magnification. Evidence is recovered using techniques that include picking, taping, scraping, combing or vacuuming.

  1. Discuss The Changing Representation Of The Police In British Crime Series And Police Dramas.

    down into two or more parts, is not shown regularly, and the main characters are the same in each story; and the hybrid, in which the show has elements of other genres such as comedy, soap opera, horror etc, and have a large regular cast who play the central character from time to time.

  2. Consider the representation of the police in Heartbeat & In Deep - How ...

    much violence, hardly ever a chase and minimal use of weapons the don't really need the technology and the cars as they hardly ever use them. The police are trust worthy and always get their man; they have a close relationship with the villagers and call each other by their first and last name.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work