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.

(2016)

Between Feminism and Anorexia: An Autoethnography

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Holmes, S.

(2016)

Revisiting Play School: A historical case study of the BBC’s address to the pre-school audience

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Godfrey, S., Holmes, S.

(2016)

'Surely the most natural scenario in the world’: Representations of ‘Family’ in BBC Pre-school Television

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Holmes, S.

(2016)

'My anorexia story': Girls constructing narratives of identity on YouTube

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Holmes, S.

(2016)

‘Blindness to the obvious’?: Treatment experiences and feminist approaches to eating disorders

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Holmes, S.

(2016)

(Un)twisted: talking back to media representations of eating disorders

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Holmes, S. (ed.), Ralph, S. (ed.), Barker, M. (ed.)

(2016)

Celebrity Audiences

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Holmes, S.

(2015)

‘Little Lena’s a Big Girl Now’: Lena Zavaroni and the Anorexic Star

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Holmes, S.

(2015)

‘I’m certainly not one of these women’s libbers’: Revisiting Gender in The Family

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Holmes, S., Ralph, S., Redmond, S.

(2015)

Swivelling the Spotlight: Stardom, Celebrity and “Me”

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Holmes, S.

(2015)

‘That perfect girl is gone’: Pro-ana, Anorexia and Frozen (2013) as an ‘Eating Disorder’ Film

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

(2015)

Women, Celebrity and Cultures of Ageing: Freezeframe

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Holmes, S., Jermyn (Roehampton University), D.

(2015)

Here, There and Nowhere: Ageing, Gender and Celebrity Studies

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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

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Holmes, S., Redmond, S.

(2013)

Celebrity Studies in rude health

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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

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

(2011)

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

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Holmes, S.

(2011)

Big Brother RIP

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Bennett, J., Holmes, S.

(2010)

The "Place" of television in Celebrity Studies

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Holmes, S.

(2010)

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

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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.