Jonathan Bignell

Professor of Television and Film, University of Reading

I work primarily on television history and the methodologies of television and film analysis. So I study archival sources alongside the audio-visual form and style of films and television programmes. I am also interested in comparative work, especially the different ways that television developed in the UK, in Europe and in the USA. I have led several collaborative externally-funded research projects on the history of British television, especially drama programmes. My current research project is 'Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style', funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. My most recent book is the second edition of 'British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future' (co-edited with Stephen Lacey), a collection of chapters by academics and TV professionals.


  • –present
    Head of the School of Arts and Communication Design, University of Reading