Chris has a varied background in research, teaching and creative practice prior to taking-up his position as Senior Lecturer in Television Theory at the University of Westminster.
Chris holds a BA (Joint Honours) in English Literature and Linguistic Science (2006, University of York), an MA in Writing, Directing and Performance: Theatre, Film and Television (2008, University of York) and his PhD research – examining television drama remakes and international format adaptations – spans Television Studies, Adaptation Studies and Translation Studies (2012, University of York). Alongside his academic qualifications, Chris is a trained voice coach.
From 2009-2012, Chris was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, teaching both theory-led modules in Television Studies and more practice-based modules in storytelling, concept pitching and script development for screen drama.
From 2012-2016, Chris was Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, and Course Leader for Sheffield Hallam’s BA (Honours) Media degree.
Chris's book, Acting in British Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, co-authored with Dr Tom Cantrell, University of York), is the first book-length study of acting processes in contemporary television drama production. Chris has also co-edited (with Cantrell) a collection, Exploring Television Acting, for Bloomsbury (2018).
Chris has published a wide range of chapters and articles on topics including: television acting, well-being in the television industry, Stephen Poliakoff’s television dramas, Gub Neal as television producer, UK-to-US television drama format adaptations, anachronistic music in period film, and media archiving, in journals such as Journal of British Cinema and Television, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Critical Studies in Television, Media International Australia and Senses of Cinema.
Chris is currently working on a monograph titled Adapting Television Drama: Theory and Industry for Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming, 2020).
Presently, Chris is supervising doctoral research investigating representations of a social ‘underclass’ on British television. He would welcome PhD supervisees interested in British television drama, international television flows, television acting, popular media representations of ‘Britishness’, and media adaptation.
Chris teaches a wide variety of television-related modules at all levels, but with particular teaching interests in the formal components of television drama, the mechanics of television storytelling, and television acting.
Chris’s ongoing research interests are wide-ranging and include:
Creative and theoretical approaches to adaptation, translation and remaking in film and television production; actor training and performance analysis, with a particular interest in television acting; trans-Atlantic interactions in the production and distribution of television drama; 'Britishness’ and ‘Americanness’ as represented and communicated within popular media; media archiving and curatorial practice; film festivals and cultural value; the still image in film and television drama; anachronism in period film and television drama.
Chris is a member of the Northern Television Research Group (associated with the Midlands Television Research Group).
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.