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James Leggott

Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies BA (Hons)

Department: Arts

James completed a doctoral thesis on British social realist cinema in 2004 (University of Newcastle), and took up a lectureship in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria in 2006. His research has mostly been concerned with traditions of British film and television culture, particularly realist practices, contemporary cinema and popular television genres.



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

James’s research to date has been mostly focussed upon three broad areas: contemporary British film and television culture, traditions of realist cinema, and popular television genres. He is the author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (Wallflower, 2008). In 2008 he was the recipient of an AHRC research grant to undertake research on the films of the Amber collective. Other publications include edited anthologies on British science fiction cinema and television, the comedy of Chris Morris, and traditions of UK costume drama television. He is editor of the Journal of Popular Television.

James currently supervises several PhDs on aspects of British cinema. He welcomes PhD proposals in relation to any of his research interests, and in particular: contemporary British cinema, traditions of realist cinema, and popular television genres.

Key Publications

Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (Wallflower, 2008)

[with Tobias Hochscherf] British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays (Mcfarland, 2011)
‘The films of Barney Platts-Mills’, in Paul Newland (ed.), Don’t Look Now: British Cinema of the 1970s (Intellect, 2010)
‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp and Invisible Television’, Critical Studies in Television, Vol. 5.1 (May 2010)

‘The Catherine Cookson television cycle’, in Julie Taddeo (ed.), Catherine Cookson Country, (Ashgate, 2012)

‘Travels in Curtisland: the comedies of Richard Curtis’, in I.Q. Hunter ad Larraine Porter (eds), British Comedy Cinema (Routledge, 2013)

[with Jamie Sexton] No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris (BFI/Palgrave, 2013)

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