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School of Arts and Media

Dr Richard Hewett

Lecturer in Media Theory


I have been a lecturer in Media Theory at Salford since 2015. I have 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. I have also 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.


I currently lead several modules on the BA Television and Radio programme, including Media Texts, Television Genres and British TV Fictions. I would be interested in supervising PhDs on British television fiction (historical and contemporary), adaptation for television, and screen performance.

Research Interests

Research interests include television acting, changing production contexts (in particular the switch in Britain from multi-camera studio to single camera location) and adaptation.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD (University of Nottingham 2012) MA History of Film and Visual Media (Birkbeck College, University of London 2010) BA (Hons) Creative Arts (MMU Cheshire 1995) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) The Southern Broadcasting History Group (SBHG)


Hewett, Richard (2017) The Changing Spaces of Television Acting, Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-1-7849-9298-9.

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 (2019, 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. ISBN 978-1788313636.
Hewett, Richard (2018) ‘Performing Sherlock: A Study in Studio and Location Realism, in Hogg, Christopher and Cantrell, Tom (eds.) Exploring Television Acting, London: Bloomsbury. ISBN
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.