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

Healy, C and Huber, A 2010, 'Ask the Leyland Brothers: Instructional TV, travel and popular memory', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 389-398.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Ask the Leyland Brothers: Instructional TV, travel and popular memory
Author(s) Healy, C
Huber, A
Year 2010
Journal name Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 389
End page 398
Total pages 10
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.
Subject Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Consumption and Everyday Life
Screen and Media Culture
Keyword(s) Cultural Studies
Communication
Film
Radio
Television
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10304311003703108
Copyright notice © 2010 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 1030-4312
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