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Dr James Leggott

Associate Professor

Department: Arts

I completed my 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. 

James Leggott

I am a scholar of British film and television culture, with a specific interest in regional representation, contemporary screen production, popular genre, and creative figures who have been critically overlooked. I have authored monographs on contemporary British cinema, the work of the Amber film collective, and the representation of North East England on film and televsion.  I have co-edited collections on traditions of UK science fiction film and television, period drama, medical representation, and the comedy of Chris Morris.

I am currently completing a book on the writer Alan Plater. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The North East of England on Film and Television, Leggott, J. 30 Jun 2021
  • In Fading Light: The Films of the Amber Collective, Leggott, J. 9 Apr 2020
  • Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama, Leggott, J., Taddeo, J., Byrne, K. 30 May 2018
  • “No Need to Matronise Me!”: The Crown, the Male Consort and Conflicted Masculinity, Leggott, J. 30 Jul 2018, Conflicting Masculinities, London; New York, Bloomsbury
  • From Newcastle to Nashville: The Northern Soul of Jimmy Nail, Leggott, J. 9 May 2017, Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain, Palgrave Macmillan
  • The rise and fall of practically everyone? The independent British film production sector from the 1980s to the present, Leggott, J. Jan 2017, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Come to Daddy? Claiming Chris Cunningham for British Art Cinema, Leggott, J. Apr 2016, In: Journal of British Cinema and Television
  • Fair do’s: Tom Hadaway and the regional voice in 1970s British television, Leggott, J. 26 Aug 2016, In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
  • 'Acting Up: Gender and Television Comedy' [Editorial], Leggott, J., Lockyer, S., White, R. 1 Jun 2015, In: Critical Studies in Television
  • “It's not clever, it's not funny, and it's not period!”: Costume Comedy and British Television, Leggott, J. 1 Dec 2014, Upstairs and Downstairs: British Costume Drama Television from The Forstye Saga to Downton Abbey, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield

  • Tom May A history and interpretive analysis of Play for Today (BBC1, 1970-84) Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 07/03/2023
  • Bethany Chrisp The effects of austerity on North East film and television at both an industry and representational level. Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 04/06/2021
  • Emily Rowson Impossible Girls and Tin Dogs: Constructions of the Gendered Body in Doctor Who Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 01/06/2018
  • Janaki Sasidharan Nair Performativity of Mudras: A Study on the Psychophysical Implications of Hand Gestural Practice in Kathakali and Tantra Start Date: 20/07/2019 End Date: 12/01/2021
  • Geoffrey Matthews The surviving child in film Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Mark Chapman Interdisciplinary Art Practice in Contemporary Creative Documentary Production Start Date: 24/02/2015 End Date: 01/10/2023
  • Stuart Frazer The Catherine Cookson Television Cycle: Identity, Memory and Heritage Start Date: 01/10/2018

  • Film and Television Studies PhD January 01 2004
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2005


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