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Compare and contrast two police dramas.

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GCSE English Media coursework Compare and contrast two police dramas. When comparing a modern day police drama ( "The Bill") with a series set back in the 1960's ( "Z Car's") the first obvious difference I identified was that "Z Cars" was filmed in black and white, as opposed to "The Bill" which was filmed in color. Initially this made me question the realism of "Z cars", as I live in a generation of perfection, where the slightest imperfection can cause me to question the realism of anything. ( i.e. colour) When giving the omittance of colour deep thought, I relaise that it could equally be argued that the use of black and white colour could help empahsie a sense of atmosphere.( e.g. very dark colours could be related to meloncholy enviroments, in comparison to very light colours which could be realted to joy. The openings differed in many respects. For example "The Bill" starts straight into a scene and then commences to its credits approximately five minutes after.This creates a sense of suspence and thus interest during the credits, due to a premature viewing of the episode. However it could equallyt be aruged that this sense of suspence could directly induce fustration, which would not add to the interest of the programme. "Z Cars" traditionally starts its credits at the beginning. ...read more.

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In the 1960s women were predominately perceived not to contain the capacity for criminal activity. This proved that the portayal of societies attitude, in relation to female crime, was inline with the time the programme was set. This contrasted with " The Bill" which not only portrayed women enforcing justice, but also carrying out criminal activity. The inclusion of female police officers allowed an obvious contrast in police costumes between the 1960's and current day. I identified that the attributions that the costumes contained contrasted more than the basic uniforms. For example many police officers in "Z Cars" decorated their unforms with a handkerchief in their front pocket. This demonstrated the polices current view on the significance of presentation. However officers in "The Bill" also contained bullet-proof clothing. This helped to demonstrate the polices incorporation of advances in technology since 1960, but also the very need for the police to wear bullet-proof clothing demonstrates how society are still able to poccess weapons of distruction."The Bill" presented their officers proffesionally. ( e.g. shirt tucked in, tie, jacket, clean shaven etc) thus bringing to light a relational importance in presentation between 1960 and the current day. However I did identify many cultural differences between "the Bill" and "Z Cars". For example smoking, drinking and gambling were exclusively endorrsed through enriching diologue in "Z Cars" . ...read more.

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That would thus make "The Bill" daring. Further more these are events which often do occur in modern day society. This ultimalely increases the realism and thus appeal of the programme. I felt at times "Z Cars" under emphasized events. For example would it not be a conventional thought to expect physical abuse to be treated with compassion? It became apparent that in "Z Cars" the projection of sympathy and compassion was exchanged with humour.(For example a policemen's wife had been beaten and a friend of the wife, when enlightened of this occurance, dramtically under emphasised the importance of the event; by projecting a humerous reaction) This demonstrates its under emphasise of important situations which decreases its realism. I felt that the characteristics that many characters embodied, such as compassion and sympathy were very one dimensional in both "The Bill" and "Z Cars". This ultimately makes both series less realistic and decreases its appeal. I conclude by stating that there are many correlations between "Z cars" and "The Bill".However the amount of contrasts clearly outweighed the correlations. I believe this is as a result of the massive changes in culture that has taken place between the 1960's and present day which have been induced by the massive advances in technology and public awareness. For example sexual abuse, which was presented in "The Bill". This demonstrated that "The Bill" successfully portrayed a modern day police drama The increases in public awarness and technology have thus ultimately then affected the events and responses which occur in modern day society. ...read more.

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