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This book explores what happens when biography and television meet, in a novel fusion of the two fields of study. Andrews compares core concepts in biography and television studies such as the uneasy relationship between fact and fiction, ethical and cultural values, the public presentation of the private self, and the creation of personal legacy. The book examines biographical drama’s generic hybridity, accounting for the influence of the biopic, docudrama, melodrama and period drama. It discusses the biographical television drama’s modes of representation in terms of visual, performance and self-conscious style. Andrews assess how life stories are shaped for televisual narrative formats and analyses the adaptation process for the biographical drama. The book considers various kinds of reputation – of the broadcast institution, author, biographical subject – in relation to the ethics of televisual biography. Finally, it addresses how non-fiction television has adopted biographical themes and approaches in the representation of real lives.