‘Def-i-nitely back’: subversion of Kailyard and Clydeside in Charles Endell Esquire

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This article examines a significant, but neglected, Glasgow-set STV drama serial from 1979, Charles Endell Esquire. The article examines the way in which Charles Endell Esquire exploits and subverts classic tropes of Scottish identity in order to construct a liminal narrative and generic space between comedy and drama, subverting the stereotypical models of Kailyard and Clydesideism. Using the idea of ‘place-myth’, the article examines the ways in which the series’ use of location filming sets up a structuring paradigm between tradition and modernity within the city of Glasgow, and between gritty urban Glasgow Clydesideism and the rural Kailyard of the Scottish countryside.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVisual culture in Britain
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Culture in Britain on 20/11/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14714787.2017.1396914


  • STV
  • Glasgow
  • Scotland
  • television drama
  • kailyard
  • Clydeside
  • Charles Endell Esq


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