British Film and Television Studies British Film and Television Studies

British Film and Television Studies has been one of the department’s established research themes for several decades and is one of the things we are best known for. We are interested in the history of these media industries, particularly how British cinema and TV relate to debates around (for example) genre, authorship, gender and technological change.

Our long-standing strengths in this area have been supported by over £1.5 million in major research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council on: British cinema in the 1960s; colour in British film; and British television comedy.

We regularly collaborate with the British Film Institute (BFI), Studio Canal UK and Network Distributing on events and DVD releases.

We also work closely with the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and their collection of local and regional film and television, most recently digitising over 140 short amateur films produced and/or directed by women filmmakers between the 1920s and 1990s.


Some of our ongoing projects are listed below. Follow the links or use the images on the right to learn more.


Richard Farmer

Cinema during the Second World War and wartime cinema-going; 1960s British film; cinema and advertising

Paul Frith

British horror and censorship; film archives and film restoration

Sarah Godfrey

British authorship; masculinity in British cinema

Su Holmes

British television history; reality television; British television genres

Keith M. Johnston

Technology in British cinema; Ealing Studios; British 3D film and television; British science fiction films

Brett Mills

British sitcoms; British wildlife documentaries; public service broadcasting; creativity in the UK comedy industry

Emma Pett

Censorship and British cultural policy; British film institutions; cinema-going and memory; immersive media in Britain

Tim Snelson

Regional television, psychology and British cinema

Melanie Williams

Gender in British Cinema; British authorship; British stardom