David Rolinson

Dr David Rolinson’s main research interests are in docudrama, terrorism in the media, documentary and British television drama. He has taught and researched a range of topics across film, television, history and literature. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Stirling and his staff page is here.

Books
2015
– Dennis Potter, The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953-1994 (Oberon Books). Available here. (Co-edited with Ian Greaves and John Williams.)
2005
Alan Clarke (Manchester University Press). Available here. [Reissued in paperback 2011]

Academic articles
2022
– ‘Ray Galton’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Forthcoming (January). [Amalgamated Galton & Simpson piece.]
2021
– ‘Alan Simpson’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Available here (subscription required). doi.org/10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.90000380351
2020
– ‘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
2019
– ‘British cinema and television’, in John Hill (editor), A Companion to British and Irish Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell). Available here.
2017
– ‘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
2016
– ‘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.
2015
– ‘Studio as hybridised community space: For the Love of Albert’, Critical Studies in Television, 10:3. Available here.
2014
– ‘William Hartnell’, Science Fiction Film and Television, 7:2. [Short piece within ‘Many Doctors symposium’.] Available here.
2013
– ‘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.
2012
– ‘“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.
2011
– ‘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.
2010
– ‘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.
2008
– ‘“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.)
2007
– ‘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. [subsequently revised and extended for publication in the book Time Unincorporated Volume 2 (2010) listed below]
2005
– ‘Sweet Sixteen’, in Brian McFarlane (editor), The Cinema of Britain and Ireland (Wallflower Press).
2003
– ‘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.
2002
– ‘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
2019
Pinter at the BBC (BFI). Available here. Essays on The Hothouse and Mountain Language.
2017
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
2016
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
2014
Red Shift (BFI) [DVD]. Available here. First essay in booklet
This Sporting Life (Network) [blu-ray]. Available here. Reused 2008 booklet
2011
Tales Out of School (Network) [DVD and blu-ray]. Available here. Whole booklet
2008
This Sporting Life (Network) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet
2007
The Firm Special Edition (BBC/2Entertain) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet
Hell Drivers Special Edition (Network) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet
2006
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (Network) [DVD]. Available here. Whole booklet

Conference papers, seminar papers and public talks
2017
– ‘I append the map: A documentary history of Penda’s Fen’, British Film Institute, Child Be Strange symposium (June).
2016
– ‘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].
2015
– ‘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).
2014
– ‘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).
2013
– ‘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).
2011
– Plenary roundtable speaker, University of Northumbria, Alien Nation: A Conference on British Telefantasy (July).
2009
– ‘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).
2008
– ‘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).
2007
– ‘The surprise of a large town: depicting Hull in Alan Plater’s Land of Green Ginger’, seminar paper, University of Hull (May).
2006
– ‘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.
2005
– ‘To Encourage the Others: dramatising the Craig-Bentley trial’, seminar paper, University of Reading (February).
2002
– ‘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).
2001
– ‘Denarrativizing Realism: Thatcherism and the individual in Alan Clarke’s 1980s film dramas’, seminar paper, University of Hull (April).

Public events and media
2018
– On-stage panel speaker after screening of Rita, Sue and Bob Too [with Adelle Stripe, Alison Peirse, Kirsty Fairclough], HOME, Manchester (August).
2017
– Introduction and Q&A of Land of Green Ginger, Hull City of Cinema conference/public event, University of Hull (March).
2016
– 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.
2014
– 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.]
2011
– Introduced screening of Penda’s Fen at Newcastle’s Star and Shadow cinema (July).
2010
– Programme notes (duplicated from Screenonline) for two sessions of season on Contemporary Television Drama, National Film Theatre, London (May).
2009
– 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).
2007
– 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).
2006
– On-stage Q&A with David Rudkin after Penda’s Fen screening, Cornerhouse, Manchester (October).

Academic book reviews
2015
-‘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.
2014
-‘BFI TV Classics: The Beiderbecke Affair’, Critical Studies in Television, 9:3. Available here.
2012
-‘Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32:3. Available here.
2007
-‘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.
2002
-‘J Lee Thompson’, Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, August. Available here.
2001
-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
2012
3: The Old Curiosity Shop [1934 film] (December); David Copperfield [1966 BBC] (February); Black Jack (January)
2011
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)
2010
5: Faith (May); William Ivory (May); Warriors (May); Peter Kosminsky (April); Shoot to Kill (April)
2009
2: Leeds United! (November); The Spongers (November)
2007
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)
2006
1: Land of Green Ginger (August)
2005
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)
2004
1: Culloden (December)

British Film Institute Mediatheque resource – accompanying text
Details of how to access Mediatheque programmes and entries can be found here.
2013
3: Baby Love (January); Your Man from Six Counties (January); King (January)
2012
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)
2011
3: The Arthur Legend (September); The Golden Vision (September); The End of Arthur’s Marriage (September)

Non-academic publications
2021
1: ‘The truth we both know’ [on The X-Files episodes ‘Essence’ and ‘Existence’], in Outside In Wants to Believe (ATB Publishing). Available here (November). [5% of retail price to Avert, UK-based HIV/AIDS charity.]
2015
1: ‘Inspire a generation’ [on Doctor Who minisode ‘Good as Gold’], in Outside In Volume 2 (ATB Publishing). Available here.
2012
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.)
2010
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.

Websites
Editor, British Television Drama (www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk) 2009-present, incorporating Play for Today 2002-present
Contributor to British Television Drama:
2017
Call the Midwife Notes #2: Style and meaning; or, Trixie’s fingernails (February)
Call the Midwife Notes #1: Why Sunday nights? (January).
2016
Experiments in colour and electronic film systems: George’s Room (1967) (July) (co-written with Simon Coward)
Stella (1968) (May).
2015
Live soap: EastEnders and Coronation Street (2015) (December)
2014
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)
2013
(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)
2012
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)
2011
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)
2010
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)
2009
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).
2004
The Foxtrot.
2003
Traitor.
The Hallelujah Handshake.
2002
Tony Parker biography (revised 2006).
Introduction to Play for Today (revised 2009).

Also run Neil Sinyard on Film (2013-present)

Other websites
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. Topics include Psy-Warriors, British cinema, Dempsey and Makepeace, Doctor Who and pieces later revised for British Television Drama such as The Black and Blue Lamp, The Good Companions and Parkin’s Patch

Fanzines (mostly 1994-2001, with some written before and some comebacks up to 2015)

c. 85 articles and 24 stories
(Non-fiction covered a range of topics including music, films, television, Doctor Who, book reviews; fiction tended to Doctor Who but also included The X-Files or standalone stories.)

Films (non-fiction) – selected examples only:
– Duck Soup, This Way Up 5 (2003)
– Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Paintbox 25 (2001)
– Yield to the Night, Paintbox 24 (2001)
– Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Paintbox 22 (2000)
– The Ladykillers, Paintbox 20 (2000)
– Carry On Constable and Carry On Again Doctor short pieces for collaborative section on Carry On films, Circus 4 (1996)
– The Marx Brothers, Quango 1 (1995) and Quango 2 (1996)

Television (non-fiction) – selected examples only:
– The War Game, Circus 9 (2002)
– Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Faze 23 (2000)
– Common As Muck, Faze 13 (1998)
– ‘Stick A Pony In Me Pocket’ (Only Fools and Horses), Circus 8 (1998)
– Press Gang, Circus 7 (1998)
– Absolutely Fabulous, Circus 2 (1994) [later revised for Circus website (2001)]

Comics (non-fiction) – selected example only:
– ‘Father Pigmass’s Festive War on Terror’, Talk About the Passion (2010)

Doctor Who (non-fiction) – selected examples only:
– Missing Believed Wiped 2011, Panic Moon (2012)
– The Meaning of Fnarg, This Way Up 28 (2010)
Doctor Who Time and the Rani, Panic Moon 2 (2010) [revision of piece for Sonic Screwdriver 10 (1996) and bits of Faze 14 (1998) and subsequently revised for publication in the book Outside In Volume 1 (2012) listed above]
Doctor Who The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, This Way Up 14 (2005)
– ‘Is Who Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, Circus 9 (2002) [subsequently revised for publication in the book Time Unincorporated Volume 2 (2010) listed above]
Doctor Who City of Death, Faze 24 (2001)
Doctor Who Vengeance on Varos, Faze 23 (2000) [revision of 1996 article on same topic]
Doctor Who The Ark and The Ark in Space, Faze 21 (2000) [later revised for Panic Moon (2011) and – Plaything of Sutekh (2015)]
Doctor Who Castrovalva, Faze 20 (2000)
– Robert Holmes, Faze 18 (1999) [later revised for other fanzines and for publication in the book Time Unincorporated Volume 2 (2010) listed above]
– ‘Space Helmets for Cows’ (Doctor Who season 2), Circus 5 (1996)

Fiction – selected examples only:
– ‘A Child Who Washes His Hands May Eat With Kings’, Circus 8 (1999)
– ‘It Is Forbidden To Dump Bodies Into The River’, Faze 18 (1999)
– ‘Follow Me Down’, Cosmic Masque 23 (1996) [miscredited to Dave Roslin]
– ‘Scrapbook’, DXC 3 (1995)
– ‘Gallifrey Cool’, Infinite Dreams 3 (1995)
– ‘Resigned’, Circus 3 (1995)

Academic writing as postgraduate and undergraduate – selected examples only:
– Ph.D., ‘The politics of form and narrative in the television films of Alan Clarke, 1967-89’, Department of English, University of Hull (September 2000-August 2004), passed at first submission.
– History and English essays and exams at the University of Hull on a range of topics including African literature (especially Buchi Emecheta), South East Asian history, Old English, factory legislation, medieval history, Restoration and Augustan literature, historiography and Orientalism, Early Victorian Literature (1990s).
– Final undergraduate dissertation: ‘Postcolonial Self-Definition in Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born and Ngugi wa Thiongo’s A Grain of Wheat

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