Dr Richard Hewett is Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies for Film and Television at University of the Arts London, where he leads Screen Cultures 1 and 2 on the BA (Hons) Film and Television degree, in addition to supervising dissertations. He previously lectured at the University of Salford, where he created and led the modules British TV Fictions and Final Dissertation, co-created and led Media Texts and Contexts, and led Television Genres as part of the BA (Hons) Television and Radio Production degree. Other work includes lecturing at the University of Nottingham and Royal Holloway, University of London, where he supervised dissertations and lectured on the International Broadcasting MA.
He completed his PhD, 'Acting for Auntie: From Studio Realism to Location Realism in BBC Television Drama, 1953-2008', at the University of Nottingham in 2012. This employed a combination of archive research into both production and reception, original interview material and textual analysis to examine changes in small screen performance from the live era to the present day. In particular, his work examines the influence of production context (the move from multi-camera studio to single camera location work) and changes in drama training. His first book, The Changing Spaces of Television Acting, was published by Manchester University Press in 2017. A paperback edition was published in 2020, and he has also contributed articles to The Journal of British Cinema and Television, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Critical Studies in Television, Adaptation, SERIES – International Journal of Serial Narratives and Comedy Studies.