Biography

I studied English and Media studies (BA) at the University of Sussex, then gained an MA in film from the University of Southampton. I then undertook a PhD on the subject of British film and television in the 1950s (also at the University of Southampton), specifically the early relations between the two media, in the form of the first ‘cinema programmes’ on television. In my first full-time teaching job at the Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) I taught Media and Cultural studies, before moving on to teach television and film at the University of Kent. I joined UEA as Reader in Television in 2007, where I primarily teach in the areas of television history, popular television and historical/ contemporary celebrity.

My research focuses on British television history (especially the 1950s), contemporary television genres (such Reality TV and quiz shows), and the subject of celebrity. In my historical research on British television (British TV and Film in the 1950s, Entertaining TV: the BBC and Popular Programme Culture in the 1950s), I have been keen to challenge received ideas about British television history, whether with regard to its relations with the film industry in the early years, or the canonical ideas about early BBC television rejecting notions of the ‘popular’. With regard to British reality TV, I have examined aspects of historical development, issues of generic labeling and circulation, and questions of celebrity. In addition to this, my work on celebrity has aimed to contribute to historical knowledge about British television and celebrity, as well as the relationship between celebrity and femininity. I also co-edit the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in a broad range of areas, whether popular television, the intersection between television/ film history, and issues of stardom/celebrity.
 

All Publications

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Holmes, S.

(2014)

‘You don’t need influence … all you need is your first opportunity!’: The Early Broadcast Talent Show and the BBC

in Critical Studies in Television

9.

pp. 23-42

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Holmes, S., Redmond, S.

(2013)

Celebrity Studies in rude health

in Celebrity Studies

4.

pp. 113-114

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Holmes, S.

(2011)

'Whoever heard of anyone being a screaming success for doing nothing?': 'Sabrina', the BBC and television fame in the 1950s

in Media History

17.

pp. 33-48

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Holmes, S. (ed.), Negra, D. (ed.)

(2011)

In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity

Continuum

ISBN 978-0826438553

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Holmes, S.

(2011)

Big Brother RIP

in Celebrity Studies

2.

pp. 214-217

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Bennett, J., Holmes, S.

(2010)

The "Place" of television in Celebrity Studies

in Celebrity Studies

1.

pp. 65-80

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Holmes, S.

(2010)

Reality TV and 'Ordinary' People: Re-visiting Celebrity, Performance and Authenticity

In: Trans-Reality Television: The Transgression of Reality, Genre, Politics and Audience.

Lexington Books

pp. 251-274

ISBN 978-0-7391-3188-6

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Holmes, S.

(2009)

Jade's back and this time she's famous: Narratives of Celebrity in the Celebrity Big Brother 'race' row

in Entertainment and Sports Law Journal

7(1).

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Holmes, S.

(2009)

Television Talent Shows. ‘”Thank You, Voters”: Approaching the Audience for Music and Television in the Reality-Pop Phenomenon

In: Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media A Critical Overview A Critical Overview.

Continuum

ISBN 9780826458247

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Holmes, S.

(2009)

This outlet for criticism could ginger up the whole climate in which television is watched: (Re)viewing Points of View - Audience, Access and Participation

in Critical Studies in Television

4(1).

pp. 4-25

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Holmes, S.

(2009)

The television audience cannot be expected to bear too much reality…The Family (BBC, 1974) and Reality TV

In: The Tube Has Spoken, Reality TV as History.

University Press of Kentucky

pp. 98-123

ISBN 978-0813125534

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Holmes, S., with Diane Negra, [. V.

(2008)

Going Cheap? Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres

in Genders www.genders.org

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

Riveting and Real - a family in the raw:(Re)visiting The Family (1974) after Reality TV

in International Journal of Cultural Studies

11(2).

pp. 193-210

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

'An unmarried mother sat in a wing-backed chair on TV last night…' BBC asks Is This Your Problem? (1955-57)

in Television and New Media

9 (3).

pp. 175-196

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

Ask the fastidious woman from Surbiton to hand-wash the underpants of the ageing Oldham skinhead…': Why not Wife Swap?

In: Rethinking Documentary: A Documentary Reader.

Open University Press

pp. 59-74

ISBN 0335221912

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

Entertaining Television: The BBC and Popular Television Culture in the 1950's

Manchester University Press

ISBN 9780719077913

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

Outrageously Bad Taste: The BBC, the Critics and the Controversy over This is Your Life in the 1950's

In: Narrating Media History.

Routledge

ISBN 978-0415419161

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

The Quiz Show

Edinburgh University Press

ISBN 9780748627523

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

A Term Rather Too General to be Helpful': Struggling with Genre in Reality TV

In: The Shifting Definitions of Genre, Generic Canons.

McFarland

pp. 21-39

ISBN 0786434309

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Holmes, S.

(2008)

'The viewers have ... taken over the airwaves'? Participation, reality TV and approaching the audience-in-the-text

in Screen

49 (1).

pp. 13-31

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Key Research Interests

Research interests - British television history (especially the 1950s), contemporary television genres (especially Reality TV and quiz shows), and the subject of celebrity.

Professional Activities

  • Co-editor and co-founder of the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rcel20

  • Co-editor (with Dr Deborah Jermyn) of the 'TV Genres' book series for Edinburgh University Press
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the journal Critical Studies in Television
  • External examiner for the BA (Hons) Television Studies degree at the University of Surrey,
    Roehampton (2005-8)
  • External examiner for the MA in Film and Television at the University of Warwick (2008-10)

Key Responsibilities

Dr Holmes is currently the PGR (PhD) Director for FTM, and teaches on all levels of the UG degrees, and was the co-organiser (with Professor Diane Negra) of the FTV symposium: 'Going Cheap?: Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres', a one-day event held at UEA on Wednesday 25th June 2008.