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Paving the empire road: BBC Television and Black Britons
Darrell Mottley Newton

Within Paving the Empire Road: BBC Television and Black Britons, an institutional case study of the BBC Television Service occurs, as it undertook the responsibility of creating programmes that addressed the impact of black Britons, their attempts to establish citizenship within England, and subsequent issues of race relations and colour prejudice.  

Beginning in the 1930s and into the post millennium, Newton provides a historical analysis of policies invoked, and practices undertaken as the Service attempted to assist white Britons in understanding the impact of African-Caribbeans, and their assimilation into constructs of Britishness.  Management soon approved talks and scientific studies as a means of examining racial tensions, as ITV challenged the discourses of British broadcasting. 

Soon, BBC 2 began broadcasting; and more issues of race appeared on the screens of viewers, each reflecting sometimes comedic, somewhat dystopic, often problematic circumstances of integration.  In the years that followed however, social tensions such as the Nottingham and Notting Hill riots, led to transmissions that included a series of news specials on Britain’s Colour Bar, and docudramas such as A Man From the Sun that attempted to frame the immigrant experience for British television audiences, but from the African-Caribbean point of view.  Subsequent chapters include an extensive analysis of television programming, along with personal interviews.  

Topics include current representations of race, the future of British television, and its impact upon multiethnic audiences.  Also detailed are the efforts of Black Britons working within the British media as employees of the BBC, writers, producers, and actors.
Dr. Darrell Newton is an Associate Professor of Mass Media Studies at Salisbury University in the United States. For more information, please see

Darrell M. Newton, Ph.D.
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The Department of Communication Arts
Salisbury University
260 Fulton Hall
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 677-5060 Office
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] new book in animation studies: *That's All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features*

That’s All Folks?
Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features
Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann

Although some credit the environmental movement of the 1970s, with its profound impact on children’s television programs and movies, for paving the way for later eco-films, the history of environmental expression in animated film reaches much further back in American history, as That’s All Folks? makes clear.

Countering the view that the contemporary environmental movement—and the cartoons it influenced—came to life in the 1960s, Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann reveal how environmentalism was already a growing concern in animated films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. From Felix the Cat cartoons to Disney’s beloved Bambi to Pixar’s Wall-E and James Cameron’s Avatar, this volume shows how animated features with environmental themes are moneymakers on multiple levels—particularly as broad-based family entertainment and conveyors of consumer products. Only Ralph Bakshi’s X-rated Fritz the Cat and R-rated Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, with their violent, dystopic representation of urban environments, avoid this total immersion in an anti-environmental consumer market.
Showing us enviro-toons in their cultural and historical contexts, this book offers fresh insights into the changing perceptions of the relationship between humans and the environment and a new understanding of environmental and animated cinema.

Robin L. Murray is a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. Joseph K. Heumann is a professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University. They are the coauthors of Ecology and Popular Film: Cinema on the Edge.
December 2011

For more information, check out the University of Nebraska site:,674914.aspx


Robin and Joe
Robin L. Murray, PhD
Professor of English and Women's Studies
Eastern Illinois Writing Project Director
Film Studies Minor Advisor
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

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