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    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. I have a continuing research interest in the industrial, cultural and aesthetic meanings of the term 'cinematic', especially when applied to media beyond film.

    My second major research project explored the ethics, narrative forms and visual style of biographical film and television drama, and the intersections between biography and television more generally. Research resulting from the project has been published in journals such as Adaptation, Critical Studies in Television and Comparative Cinema. This project culminates in the publication of Biographical Television Drama (2021). 

    Current and future research will continue a focus on representations of real lives, though in a comedic framework. My current project concerns the ethics, politics and cultural history of televisual caricature - exaggerated, satirical impersonations of real people. Future projects will investigate media satire and its relationship with the contemporary context of disinformation and political polarity; and the positioning of comedy in broadcasting institutions. 

    I have supervised two PhDs and three MRes projects to completion. I am currently supervising one postgraduate project, but work closely with the PGR community as the Creative Arts department's Graduate School Contact. 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. During the Covid-19 crisis, I have developed expertise in creating digital teaching tools such podcasts and video lectures.

     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) / Screen Genres (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


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