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Dr David Rolinson is a Lecturer at the University of Stirling. His main research interests are in British television drama, docudrama, terrorism in the media and documentary. His staff page is here.
-Dennis Potter, The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953-1994 (Oberon Books). Available here. (Co-edited with Ian Greaves and John Williams.)
–Alan Clarke (Manchester University Press). Available here. [Reissued in paperback 2011]
– ‘Ray Galton’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Forthcoming (January). [Amalgamated Galton & Simpson piece.]
– ‘Alan Simpson’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Available here (subscription required). doi.org/10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.90000380351
-‘Philip Saville’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 9 January 2020 update. Available here (subscription required). doi.org/10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.112120
-‘British cinema and television’, in John Hill (editor), A Companion to British and Irish Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell). Available here.
-‘Drama as science documentary: The ethics of making and “banning” The Black Pool’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 37:1. Available here. doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2016.1272808
-‘British Docudrama: New Directions in Reflexivity’, in Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann and Derek Paget (editors), Docudrama on European Television: A Selective Survey (Palgrave Macmillan). Available here.
-‘Studio as hybridised community space: For the Love of Albert’, Critical Studies in Television, 10:3. Available here.
-‘William Hartnell’, Science Fiction Film and Television, 7:2. [Short piece within ‘Many Doctors symposium’.] Available here.
-‘The Singing Detective 25th Anniversary Symposium’, Journal of Screenwriting, 4:3. Available here.
-‘Is This England ’86 and ’88? Memory, haunting and return through television seriality’, in Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey and Melanie Williams (editors), Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (Edinburgh University Press). Available here. (Co-written with Faye Woods.)
-‘The helium of publicity: mass-mediated terrierism’, in James Leggott and Jamie Sexton (editors), No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris (British Film Institute). Available here.
-‘“You’re still living in the Middle Ages!”: Time Travel in Doctor Who and Pseudo-Historical, Neomedieval, Alternate Realities’, in Carol L. Robinson and Pamela Clements (editors), Neomedievalism in the Media: Film, Television, and Electronic Games (Edwin Mellen Press). Available here.
– ‘Small Screens and Big Voices: Televisual Social Realism and the Popular’, in David Tucker (editor), British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940 (Palgrave Macmillan). Available here.
-‘Documentary of “last resort”? The case of Shoot to Kill’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 17:1. Available here.
-‘Moonbase 3 and the limitations of reality in Apollo-era TV SF’, Science Fiction Film and Television, 3:1. Available here.
-‘The last studio system: a case for British television films’ in Paul Newland (editor), Don’t Look Now: British Cinema of the 1970s (Intellect). Available here.
-‘“A new wilderness”: language and memory in the television science fiction of Nigel Kneale’, Science Fiction Film and Television, 1:1. Available here. (Co-written.)
-‘The surprise of a large town: depicting regional space in Alan Plater’s Land of Green Ginger’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 4:2. Available here.
-‘Who done it: discourses of authorship in the John Nathan-Turner era’, in David Butler (editor), Time and Relative Dissertations in Space: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who (Manchester University Press). Available here.
-‘Sweet Sixteen’, in Brian McFarlane (editor), The Cinema of Britain and Ireland (Wallflower Press).
-‘If they want culture, they pay: consumerism and alienation in 50s comedies’, in Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard (editors), British Cinema of the 1950s: A Celebration (Manchester University Press). Available here.
-‘Bring Something Back: the strange career of Professor Bernard Quatermass’, Journal of Popular Film and Television, 30:3. Available here. (Co-written with Nick Cooper.)
DVD and blu-ray contributions
–Pinter at the BBC (BFI). Available here. Essays on The Hothouse and Mountain Language.
–Rita, Sue and Bob Too (BFI) [dual format DVD and blu-ray]. Available here. First essay in booklet
–Hell Drivers (Network) [blu-ray]. Available here. Reused 2007 DVD booklet
–Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC (BFI) [blu-ray]. Available here. Essays on Shelter, The Gentleman Caller, Stella, The Fifty-Seventh Saturday, Thief, Funny Farm; The Firm reused 2007 DVD commentary; provided additional sources; uncredited consultation and additional information.
–Alan Clarke at the BBC Volume 1 [DVD] Essay on Funny Farm
–The Firm limited edition [blu-ray] (BFI) Reused 2007 DVD commentary
–Red Shift (BFI) [DVD]. Available here. First essay in booklet
–This Sporting Life (Network) [blu-ray]. Available here. Reused 2008 booklet
–Tales Out of School (Network) [DVD and blu-ray]. Available here. Whole booklet
–This Sporting Life (Network) [DVD] Whole booklet
–The Firm Special Edition (BBC/2Entertain) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet
–Hell Drivers Special Edition (Network) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet
–Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (Network) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet
Conference papers, seminar papers and public talks
-‘I append the map: A documentary history of Penda’s Fen’, British Film Institute, Child Be Strange symposium (June).
-‘Showtime and British television drama in the 1980s: Tender is the Night (1985)’, University of Glasgow, Screen (June).
-‘The Gogglebox before Gogglebox: viewing viewers in 1980s programmes anticipating the 1990 Broadcasting Act’, University of Hull, Material Cultures of Television (March).
-‘Duplicated bodies and the performance of self in contemporary biopics about television: Hancock, Steptoe, Hattie and others’, seminar paper, University of Stirling (February) [following a paper by Richard Kilborn on Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son].
-‘Ethics and affect in the making and “banning” of The Black Pool’, seminar paper, University of Glasgow (November).
-‘Drama as science documentary: Alan Plater’s banned Horizon: The Black Pool’, Royal Holloway University of London Egham campus, Television Drama: the Forgotten, the Lost and the Neglected (April).
-‘Studio as hybridised community space: BBC Manchester, Alan Plater and For the Love of Albert’, Manchester Metropolitan University, BAFTSS 2015 (April).
-‘Hull on Television’, University of Hull, Ferens Film Lecture, invited public talk (March).
-‘That’s how they make days in these parts: Alan Plater on Northern televisual form’, University of York, Northern Stories (July).
-‘Adventures in Studio Space: British television’s creative environments’, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, NECS 2014: Creative Energies/Creative industries (June).
-Keynote: ‘That’s what you think: Alan Clarke talks back’, University of York, Realist Film and Television after Alan Clarke (June).
-‘This will be remembered for as long as people talk about television: frameworks of forgetting’, University of Ulster Belfast Campus, Forgotten Television Drama early project symposium (February).
-‘What Was Ahead: studio as gateway in Doctor Who ‘Warriors’ Gate’ (1981)’, University of Reading, Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style (September).
-‘“We shall be answerable”: ethics and affect in the making and banning of The Black Pool’, Stockholm Filmhuset, Visible Evidence XX (August).
-‘Beyond the reach of the cartographer: the reviewing writer and the writing reviewer’, Forest of Dean, Dennis Potter Day (June).
-‘Bombdogs’, University of Northumbria, Why Bother? A Symposium on the comedy of Chris Morris (June).
-‘“Did you recognize yourself?”: women workers In Vision’, University of Warwick, Television for Women (May).
-‘Archives and ethics: researching docudrama’, seminar paper, University of Stirling (May).
-Plenary roundtable speaker, University of Northumbria, Alien Nation: A Conference on British Telefantasy (July).
-‘Reflections on researching the war on terror’, seminar paper, University of Stirling (November).
-‘Archival research into the television work of Alan Plater’, University of Stirling, Archives and Auteurs (September). [A revised version of the 2008 Sheffield paper.]
-‘Gesture politics and control freak actors: New Labour as performance in The Deal and The Queen’, University of Reading, Acting with Facts: Performing the Real in British Theatre and Television since 1990 (May).
-‘Televisual aesthetics and 1970s British TV drama: selected case studies’, seminar paper, University of Wales Aberystwyth (November).
-‘Archival research into the television work of Alan Plater’, University of Sheffield, Exploring Television Archives: An International Conference (August).
-‘The surprise of a large town: depicting Hull in Alan Plater’s Land of Green Ginger’, seminar paper, University of Hull (May).
-‘The afterlife of P. C. George Dixon: from The Blue Lamp to The Black and Blue Lamp’, University of Hull, Ealing Revisited.
-‘Living in a box: the Northern city in Road’, University of Hull, The Literary North.
-‘To Encourage the Others: dramatising the Craig-Bentley trial’, seminar paper, University of Reading (February).
-‘The Decaying Victor: Fifties Britain and The Quatermass Experiment’, University of Hull, Exploiting Fear: The Art and Appeal of Horror on Film (October).
-‘You dirty old man!: masculinity and class in Steptoe and Son’, Froebel College University of Surrey Roehampton, The Importance of Being Arthur: Representations of Men and Masculinity 1954-1963 (July).
-‘Retrieving Dixon: The Black and Blue Lamp’, University of Leeds, Retrieving the 1940s (April).
-‘Denarrativizing Realism: Thatcherism and the individual in Alan Clarke’s 1980s film dramas’, seminar paper, University of Hull (April).
Public events and media
– On-stage panel speaker after screening of Rita, Sue and Bob Too [with Adelle Stripe, Alison Peirse, Kirsty Fairclough], HOME, Manchester (August).
– Introduction and Q&A of Land of Green Ginger, Hull City of Cinema conference/public event, University of Hull (March).
– Q&A for screening of Night of the Demon [with and led by Christine Ferguson], University of Glasgow Explorathon, Glasgow (September).
– Introduction and Q&A for screening of Shades of Greene: ‘Two Gentle People’ and ‘Dream of a Strange Land’, Graham Greene International Festival 2016, Berkhamsted (September).
– Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC: reuse of The Firm DVD commentary from 2007; provided advice and visual materials.
– Programme notes for Dramatic Spaces screening of Psy-Warriors and The Saliva Milkshake, BFI Southbank, London (February). [Screenings related to AHRC Spaces of Television project; piece subsequently appeared on project blog.]
– Introduced screening of Penda’s Fen at Newcastle’s Star and Shadow cinema (July).
– Programme notes (duplicated from Screenonline) for two sessions of season on Contemporary Television Drama, National Film Theatre, London (May).
– Interviewed for Propeller TV about Glimmer: 7th Hull International Short Film Festival, Hull (April)
– Jury member, Anthony Minghella UK and International prizes, prize announcer (UK Prize), Glimmer: 7th Hull International Short Film Festival, Hull (April).
– On-stage panel speaker [with Lez Cooke, Trevor Griffiths, Irene Shubik and Michael Tuchner], National Film Theatre, London (May).
– DVD commentary [with Phil Davis and Lesley Manville], The Firm Special Edition (BBC/2 Entertain).
– On-stage Q&A with David Rudkin after Penda’s Fen screening, Cornerhouse, Manchester (October).
Academic book reviews
-‘A Sense of Place: Regional British Television Drama 1956-82’, Critical Studies in Television, 10:3. Available here.
‘Jimmy McGovern’, Critical Studies in Television, 10:2. Available here.
-‘BFI TV Classics: The Beiderbecke Affair’, Critical Studies in Television, 9:3. Available here.
-‘Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32:3. Available here.
-‘Fires Were Started: British Cinema and Thatcherism (Second Edition)’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 27:4. Available here.
‘Documentary: The Margins of Reality’, Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, June. Available here.
-‘J Lee Thompson’, Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, August. Available here.
-Review Essay: ‘Documentary, Interpretivism and Positivism’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 21:3, August. Available here.
-‘Windows on the Sixties’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, June.
British Film Institute Screenonline contributions
3: The Old Curiosity Shop [1934 film] (December); David Copperfield [1966 BBC] (February); Black Jack (January)
8: The Project (December); Peter Kosminsky [update to existing piece] (December); The Government Inspector (December); The Arthur Legend (October); Ken Loach: Television Drama (September); The Golden Vision (September); The Price of Coal (September); The End of Arthur’s Marriage (August)
5: Faith (May); William Ivory (May); Warriors (May); Peter Kosminsky (April); Shoot to Kill (April)
2: Leeds United! (November); The Spongers (November)
7: Drop the Dead Donkey (December); Nightingales (December); Channel 4 Comedy (November); Big George is Dead (October); Just Like Mohicans (October); Play for Today (July); Andrew Davies (June)
1: Land of Green Ginger (August)
11: Hard Labour (December); The Permissive Society (December); The Signalman (December); Drama Documentary (November); Invasion (November); Shipman (November); Threads (November); Death of a Princess (October); The Legion Hall Bombing (April); To Encourage the Others (March) [also utilised as KS4 RE exercise]; Hillsborough (January)
1: Culloden (December)
British Film Institute Mediatheque resource – accompanying text
Details of how to access Mediatheque programmes and entries can be found here.
3: Baby Love (January); Your Man from Six Counties (January); King (January)
6: Bavarian Night (December); Just Your Luck (December); Shadows on our Skin (December); Jumping Bean Bag (December); The Garland (December); Love on a Gunboat (December)
3: The Arthur Legend (September); The Golden Vision (September); The End of Arthur’s Marriage (September)
1: ‘The truth we both know’ [on The X-Files episodes ‘Essence’ and ‘Existence’], in Outside In Wants to Believe (ATB Publishing). Available here. Forthcoming (November). [5% of retail price to Avert, UK-based HIV/AIDS charity.]
1: ‘Inspire a generation’ [on Doctor Who minisode ‘Good as Gold’], in Outside In Volume 2 (ATB Publishing). Available here.
1: ‘Collision of ideas’ [on Doctor Who serial ‘Time and the Rani’], in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers (ATB Publishing). Available here. (ATB Publishing Inc.)
3: ‘Is Who Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’; piece on authorship; piece on Robert Holmes, in Time Unincorporated: The Doctor Who Fanzine Archives Volume 2: Writings on the Classic Series (Mad Norwegian Press). Available here.
Editor, British Television Drama (www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk) 2009-present, incorporating Play for Today 2002-present
Contributor to British Television Drama:
2: Call the Midwife Notes #2: Style and meaning; or, Trixie’s fingernails (February); Call the Midwife Notes #1: Why Sunday nights? (January).
2: Experiments in colour and electronic film systems: George’s Room (1967) (July) (co-written with Simon Coward); Stella (1968) (May).
1: Live soap: EastEnders and Coronation Street (2015) (December)
4: Notes on Docudrama #1: TV Sets & TV Centre (September); Women and Work: Leeds United! Essay Part 3 (April); Women and Work: Leeds United! Essay Part 2 (March);
Women and Work: Leeds United! Essay Part 1 (February)
3: (Times and) Spaces of Television – Doctor Who: Warriors’ Gate (November); Beyond the reach of the cartographer: Dennis Potter the reviewing writer and writing reviewer (July); Funny Farm (March)
6: Parkin’s Patch (December); Making contact with Contact: from AFN Clarke to Alan Clarke (November); The Good Companions (September); Dixon of Dock Green in the 1970s (August); Children’s Ward series 1 (July); You dirty old man! Masculinity and class in Steptoe and Son (January)
3: The Singing Detective 25th anniversary conference (December); Scene vs Scene #1 analysis of Gangsters and Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin (September); From The Blue Lamp to The Black and Blue Lamp: the police in TV drama (April)
4: Richard I in TV drama – Doctor Who: The Crusade (1965) and beyond (November); Sherlock: ‘A Study in Pink’ and Holmes on TV (August); Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (April); Book review: Michael Palin, Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988 (January)
4: Sunset Across the Bay (September); Interview with Alan Plater (2009, interview recorded 2006) (July); The War Game (May); Alan Clarke biography (revision of 2003 piece).
1: The Foxtrot.
2: Traitor; The Hallelujah Handshake.
2: Tony Parker biography (revised 2006); Introduction to Play for Today (revised 2009)
Also run Neil Sinyard on Film (2013-present)
Contributor to other sites including Spaces of Television (University of Reading blog), Tachyon TV, This Way Up, Space-Time Telegraph, Talk about the Passion, The One-Line Review, The Mausoleum Club. Contributor to numerous print fanzines from the early 1990s until the 2010s, in particular Circus, Paintbox and Panic Moon.