In the context of the fast development of memory studies, the third issue of VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture highlights debates around the moving borders of national memories, fostered by television in the context of European history.
The articles in this issue focus on the contribution of European television researchers, covering all three areas of media studies (production, text and reception), and touch upon a broad range of topics including: the reconstruction of the national past after regime changes (in both Southern and Eastern Europe); competing versions of the “same” past; the fragile fostering of a European identity; and the regional/would be national past. The issue emphasizes the different uses (ethnographic, historical) of life-stories of television viewers and hints at the possible changes to memory formation brought about by television in the post-network, digital era. Finally, this issue charts the field of European television memories, but will also suggest ways it can be researched further, both nationally and transnationally.

Jérôme Bourdon; Berber Hagedoorn:


S. 1-3


Cecilia Penati:

‘Remembering Our First TV Set’. Personal Memories as a Source for Television Audience History

S. 4-12

Hazel Collie:

"It's Just So Hard to Bring It to Mind": The Significance of ‘Wallpaper’ in the Gendering of Television Memory Work

S. 13-21

Stewart Anderson:

Martin Luther in Primetime: Television Fiction and Cultural Memory Construction in Cold War Germany

S. 22-26

Petr Bednařík:

The Production of Czechoslovakia´s Most Popular Television Serial The Hospital On The Outskirts and its Post-1989 Repeats

S. 27-36

José Carlos Rueda Laffond; Carlota Coronado Ruiz; Catarina Duff Burnay; Amparo Guerra Gómez; Susana Díaz Pérez; Rogério Santos:

Parallel Stories, Differentiated Histories: Exploring Fiction and Memory in Spanish and Portuguese Television

S. 37-44

Jasmijn Van Gorp:

Looking for What You are Looking for: A Media Researcher’s First Search in a Television Archive

S. 45-51


Berber Hagedoorn:

Television as a Hybrid Repertoire of Memory: New Dynamic Practices of Cultural Memory in the Multi-Platform Era

S. 52-64

Anikó Imre:

Why Should We Study Socialist Commercials?

S. 65-76

Annika Lepp; Mervi Pantti:

Window to the West: Memories of Watching Finnish Television in Estonia During the Soviet Period

S. 77-87

Kinga Bloch:

The Life and Afterlife of a Socialist Media Friend: On the Longterm Cultural Relevance of the Polish TV Series Czterdziestolatek

S. 88-98

Bosmat Garami:

Chronology and Ideology: Temporal Structuring in Israeli Historical Documentary Series

S. 99-106

Andreas Widholm:

Great Escapes from the Past: Memory and Identity in European Transnational Television News

S. 107-118

Steve Blandford; Ruth McElroy:

Memory, Television and the Making of the BBC’s The Story of Wales

S. 118-125