• Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and TV, Media

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  • 12 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Television Studies in the Media Department of Edge Hill University. I joined Edge Hill in 2015, after beginning my research and teaching career in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York after completing a PhD at the University of Warwick in 2012.

I am the postgraduate research coordinator and PGR contact for Edge Hill's Media Department, and the Graduate school's MRes co-ordinator for Arts and Humanities subjects.

I am a member of the editorial team for Critical Studies in Television. I was previously on the academic board for the Mediating Cultural Encounters on European Screens (MECETES) project.

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on contemporary British television and film.  Long term research interests include intermedial and industrial relationships between cinema and television, British television institutions, particularly the BBC and Channel 4, media convergence, and television aesthetics. I have published widely on these topics in, among others, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Critical Studies in Television, Screen, and Visual Culture in Britain.  My first monograph, Television and British Cinema: Convergence and Divergence since 1990 was published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan.

My current research project explores the ethics, narrative forms and visual style of biographical television drama, and the intersections between biography and television more generally. This project will culminate in the publication of a book, with the working title Broadcasting Biography: Real Lives in Television Drama.

 Future research projects will continue an interest in biographical representation.  The first explores the idea of the performed caricature across screen media.  The second is a follow-on project to Broadcasting Biography which will analyze the industrial importance of the biopic to the British film industry.

I have supervised a PhD and MRes student to completion. I am currently supervising a number of research students, but I am actively seeking PhD candidates to supervise in any of the research areas listed below

Research interests

  • British cinema and television 1990 - present
  • British Television drama and comedy
  • Intermedial and industrial relations between cinema and television
  • Television institutions, especially public service broadcasters
  • Media and Creative industries
  • Media institutional policy
  • Cross-media biography
  • Biographical drama in film and television
  • Cross-media caricature


I specialise in teaching theoretical topics to students whose primary focus is practice. I aim to make these concepts accessible and relevant, while not losing their intellectual heft. I teach a broad range of topics in film and television studies, including: television history and theory; film, television and animation aesthetics; film theory; media and creative industries; and textual analysis in film and television.

 Teaching at Edge Hill

Module leader:

  • Studying Television (Level 4)
  • Analysing Film and Television (Level 5)
  • Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Key Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (Level 5)
  • Media and Creative Industries (Level 7)


  • Television Form and Engagement (Level 6) 


  • Dissertation (Level 6 and Level 7)


  • Fact to Fiction
  • Media, Culture and Identities
  • European Cinema
  • Researching Media and Culture
  • Film and Media Theory and Analysis
  • Screen Genres


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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 12 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Book

Distorted Recognition: the pleasures and uses of televisual historical caricature

Andrews, H., 18 Jun 2019, In : Screen. p. 280-297

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

political function
television series
1 Downloads (Pure)

‘Real people’s lives rarely fall into a three-act structure’: Writing biographical drama for British television

Andrews, H., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Screenwriting. 9, 1, p. 41-56

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
British Television
Real Life
12 Downloads (Pure)

From unwilling celebrity to authored icon: reading Amy (Kapadia, 2015)

Andrews, H., 19 May 2017, In : Celebrity Studies. 8, 2, p. 351-354

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
mental health
1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Women We Loved: Paradoxes of public and private in the biographical television drama

Andrews, H., 1 Mar 2017, In : Critical Studies in Television. p. 1-16

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

BBC Four biopics: Lessons in Trashy Respectability

Andrews, H., Jul 2016, In : Journal of British Cinema and Television.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2013 2013


Managing Indie-Auteurism in An Era of Sectoral Media Convergence

Author: STUBBS, A., 1 Mar 2019

Supervisor: ANDREWS, H. (Director of Studies), TRANDAFOIU, R. (Supervisor) & PARKINSON, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis