Opening Title Sequences for TV Drama

ICONOGRAPHY: This genre convention is related to:

  • Objects
  • Costumes
  • Actors
  • Backgrounds…

…associated with a particular genre.

Learning Point: Iconography is very important to rapidly establish the genre and narrative and to give clues to the role and function of characters.

Activity: Study the following opening sequences.

–How is iconography used to establish the genre?

Use screenshots and bullet points!


True Blood (USA)

Casualty (UK)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (USA)

Downton Abbey (UK)

The Bill (UK)

The Walking Dead (USA)

EastEnders (UK)


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