chapter  7
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(Re)telling Stories: Versions of Narrative

In November 1990, the Broadcasting Standards Council published the first of a series of Working Papers designed to offer ‘a continuing contribution to the de­ bate about broadcasting issues’. The paper, entitled Children, Television and Mo­ rality (Sheppard, 1990), received wide press coverage, much of which focused on its conclusions about children’s apparent inadequacies as viewers. The Observer, for example, under the headline ‘CHILDREN FAIL TO PICK O UT THE TV “BADDIES’” , reported that ‘children cannot distinguish between reality and fan­ tasy in television drama and soaps’, and that their ‘comprehension of TV drama is low, particularly when it comes to following plots’.