“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

‘Torture, Treacle, Tears and Trickery’: Celebrities, ‘Ordinary’ People, and This is Your Life (BBC, 1955–65)

‘Torture, treacle, tears and trickery’: Celebrities, ‘ordinary’ people, and this is your life (BBC, 1955–65)

This show clearly represents a tasteless affront to the intelligence and sensibility of viewers, a pandering to cheap publicity and the easy acquisition of a mass audience.1

It must be stopped. It exploits… human sentiment for the sake of gratifying gutter-like curiosities.2

This transforms televiewing into the delight of the Peeping Tom, and those who don't mind should be prevented from indulging in a base and reprehensible desire.3

While strongly evocative of the cultural debate which greeted Big Brother (2000-, UK), these comments are not a recent condemnation of Reality TV, but refer to the BBC's most popular entertainment ...

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