Ask the Leyland Brothers: Instructional TV, travel and popular memory

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Title Ask the Leyland Brothers: Instructional TV, travel and popular memory
Author Healy, Chris; Huber, Alison
Journal Name Continuum
Year Published 2010
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article considers television made by two Australian brothers, Mike and Mal Leyland, specifically their long-running series from the 1970s, Ask the Leyland Brothers. The program used viewer participation to set an itinerary for the brothers, who travelled extensively by car to film responses to viewers' questions about Australia. Mike and Mal Leyland brought images of the Australian countryside to very large television audiences, providing entertainment and instructions about how to travel, appreciate and consume the country they and their audience lived in. While this example of 'instructional TV' was extremely popular in its 10-year run on television, and is fondly remembered by audiences, it is not prominent in the 'official' discourse of Australia's TV history; thus, it poses a particular set of questions about television and cultural memory.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304311003703108
Volume 24
Issue Number 3
Page from 389
Page to 398
ISSN 1030-4312
Date Accessioned 2010-07-16
Date Available 2010-09-16T08:19:05Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Consumption and Everyday Life; Cultural Studies; Screen and Media Culture
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34028
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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