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Pia Majbritt Jensen

European Creative Audiences

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  • Federico Pagello, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy., Italy
  • Markus Schleich, University of Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Pia Majbritt Jensen
  • Cathrin Helen Bengesser
  • Marica Spaletta, Link Campus University Roma, Italy
  • Paola De Rosa, Link Campus University Roma, Italy
  • Laura Lupoli, Link Campus University Roma, Italy
This Horizon2020 deliverable presents some of the work carried out in the frame of the Task 5.2 (“Investigating
audiences’ response to transcultural European crime narratives”) in the project DETECt. In particular, the report discusses the
findings of the research conducted on the reception of European TV crime dramas, which can be regarded
as the most successful form of crime narratives in the contemporary era, especially in consideration
of their extensive transnational circulation across the continent.
The DETECT research in this area was aimed at exploring how different groups of viewers react to TV
crime dramas produced in other European countries, with the key goals of understanding what kind of
spectators and critics are most interested in them; to examine how these viewers perceive and discuss
‘Europeanness’ of the series; to understand whether or not these shows are appreciated for this specific
reason; and to assess to what extent their representation of European reality works is regarded as accurate
and meaningful.
In order to highlight similarities and differences in the reception of European crime narratives in different
parts of Europe, the study involved seven partner institutions (UNIBO, QUB, UNILIM, AU, UB, UNIDEB,
UOI), which allowed the researchers to take into consideration nine different countries: Denmark,
France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. Thanks to this wide
geographical coverage, our study could compare and contrast the audiences and critics’ response from
the Mediterranean to the Nordic countries, from the British Isles to Eastern Europe. To reach their
objectives, partners adopted different strategies and methodologies, each designed to collect data and
information about different kinds of viewers of European TV crime dramas.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages90
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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