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School of Arts and Media

Lyndon Saunders

Lecturer in TV and Radio Production


I’m a broadcast producer and now full-time academic and media consultant in the sector.  I’ve got 18 years industry experience in TV, radio and digital production. With a wide range of experience, I’ve produced shiny floor entertainment shows and made many factual programmes for both the BBC and ITV.  My production credits include (BBC:) Strictly Come Dancing, five series of Dragons' Den, A Comedy Map of Britain and (ITV:) the popular doc series The Lakes and Ade in Britain amongst others. 


As radio producer, I won two Radio Academy gold awards and I’ve series produced a live BBC 5 live current affairs show as well as making many documentaries for BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, World Service and 5 live. 


My production work has always been diverse and this greatly informs my teaching.  My career to date has featured both harrowing and incredible experiences, all memorable; covering 9/11 in NYC for BBC 5 live, touring America alongside British bands for Radio 1 and tracking down boxer Manny Pacquiao in a Philippine jungle training camp amidst a raging super typhoon for BBC World Service!


I have specialist experience in programme development and commissioning, particularly within ITV Studios’ factual label Shiver and commissioning successes I was involved in include Tales From Northumberland, You Saw Them Here First, Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera, Amazing Animal Births, Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs, Big Fat Asian Weddings, Hillsborough: The Search For Truth, and daytime quiz Show Me The Telly.


Once upon a time, I used to DJ in clubs and at raves, produce dance music and compete in amateur triathlon competitions (but now, with two young kids, I’m generally too tired for either of those!).


I lecture within the Broadcast Media Directorate, with my time and attention divided equally between the undergradute BA in Television and Radio Production and as pathway lead on the documentary stream of the Masters in Media Production programme.  I’m currently year group leader for first year on BA TV and Radio and I module lead and teach on modules Content Creation, Content Delivery and Docs Without Rules.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies