Richard Hewett

Dr Richard Hewett

Lecturer in Media Theory

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Office Times

Wednesdays 10 am-12 pm


Dr Richard Hewett has been a lecturer in Media Theory at Salford since 2015. He has contributed articles to The Journal of British Film and Television, Critical Studies in Television, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and Adaptation. His book, The Changing Spaces of Television Acting, was published by Manchester University Press in 2017.  He has presented papers at various events, including Glasgow’s 21st International Screen Studies conference, and gave a keynote at the University of York’s Playing the Small Screen.


Richard leads several modules on the BA Television and Radio programme, including Media Texts and Audiences and British TV Fictions.
He would be willing to supervise PhDs on TV aesthetics, the changing production context of British television, and screen performance.

Research Interests

Research interests include television aesthetics, and the changing determinants of acting style in television drama, which Richard has researched via a combination of textual analysis, archive research, reception studies and original interviews with practitioners. Future areas of research include the ways in which screen performance is adapting in the era of convergence.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Creative Arts (MMU  Cheshire 1995)
MA History of Film and Visual Media (Birkbeck College, University of London 2010)
PhD (University of Nottingham 2012)


Hewett, Richard (2017, forthcoming) The Changing Spaces of Television Acting, Manchester: Manchester University Press

Articles in Refereed Journals
Hewett, Richard (2016) ‘Essentially English: Sherlock Holmes at the BBC’, in The Journal of British Cinema and Television, Volume 13.1, pp. 1-18, DOI:
Hewett, Richard (2015) ‘Canon Doyle?: Getting Holmes Right (and Getting the Rights) for Television’, in Adaptation, Volume 8.21, pp. 192-206, DOI:
Hewett, Richard (2015) ‘The Changing Determinants of UK Television Acting’, in Critical Studies in Television, Volume 10.1 (spring)
Hewett, Richard (2014) ‘Spaces of Preparation: The Acton ‘Hilton’ and Changing Patterns of Television Drama Rehearsal’, in The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 34.3 (September), pp.331-344, DOI:
Hewett, Richard (2013) ‘Acting in the New World: Studio and Location Realism in Survivors’, in The Journal of British Cinema and Television, Volume 10.2 (April), pp.321-339, DOI: 10.3366/jbctv.2013.0137

Chapters in Edited Collections
Hewett, Richard (forthcoming) ‘A Young-Old Face: Out with the New and in with the Old’, in O’Day, Andrew (ed.), Twelfth Night: Adventures in Time and Space with Peter Capaldi, London: I.B. Tauris
Hewett, Richard (2017, forthcoming) ‘Performing Sherlock: A Study in Studio and Location Realism, in Hogg, Christopher and Cantrell, Tom (eds.) Exploring Television Acting, London: Bloomsbury
Hewett, Richard (2013) ‘Who is Matt Smith?: Performing the Doctor’, in O’Day, Andrew (ed.), Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour: A Critical Celebration of the Matt Smith and Steven Moffat Era, London: I.B. Tauris, pp.13-30 ISBN 978-178076019