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Dr Ben Lamb

Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Media

Ben Lamb

About Ben Lamb

Dr. Ben Lamb joined Teesside’s Humanities Department in 2015. Previously, Ben has lectured in media theory at the University of East Anglia’s School of Arts, Media, and American Studies and the University of South Wales’ Faculty of Creative Industries. 

After earning a first class BA in English and Film at Hull University, Ben was awarded an AHRC scholarship to study for a Film Studies MA at Warwick University. Subsequently he was awarded a PhD scholarship on the AHRC funded ‘Spaces of Television’ project.  His doctoral thesis ‘The Construction of Fictional Spaces in British Television Drama and the Police Series of 1955-82’, examined the developing aesthetics of the studio-based British television drama. Focusing on the police series genre it examined how the studio production system was able to creatively intervene in sociological issues surrounding gender, class and crime.

Research interests and activities

Ben is a cultural theorist who specialises in television studies. His published research has examined modes of realism within different television production systems, genre theory, ideology, gender politics, feminism, and social class. 

Research projects & external funding

Ben is currently putting together a research project which aims to examine how past regional television disseminated the purpose and role of the welfare state throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

PhD and research opportunities

Ben is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a founding member of Teesside’s Social Realism Seminar and also co-runs the English Research Seminar.

Ben is always looking to supervise PhD projects on television history, television genre, and representations of class, gender, and crime. 

External roles and professional activities

External research collaborations

Ben is developing a documentary on the history of feminist social realism in British film as co-scriptwriter.

Learning and teaching interests

Ben has been teaching at University level for many years and delivers modules on all things cultural including theatre, literature, film, television, media practices, texts, and audiences. Often with a little history, social science, criminology,  and discourse analysis thrown in.

Enterprise interest and activities

In partnership with companies including Entertainment One UK and Open Clasp Theatre Ben puts together film screenings and cultural events within the Teesside area to tackle difficult social issues . Here discussion activities are facilitated between the public, charities, public sector workers, councillors, human rights organisations, and academics to raise awareness and influence policy. Particularly successful events include his work on Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake, and Catrina McHugh's play Key Change.

Ben also delivers Holocaust Memorial Day learning activities on campus annually. 


You're Nicked: A History of the British Television Police series, 1955 to today. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019 [Forthcoming]

'Intervening in Social Care issues: The Work of Amber Films and Trade Films in 1980s North East England' in Hannah Tweed, Amy Holdsworth, and Karen Lury (eds.) Discourses of Care: Media, Medicine and Society. London: Routledge, 2018 [Forthcoming]

‘“I’m a Copper not a Welfare Officer”: Emergent Feminist Thought in Hunters Walk and 1970s British Police Series’ in Critical Studies in Television  11:3 (November 2016)

'Rediscovering The Roses of Eyam: A Forgotten Television Play' in Journal of adaptations in film and performance 9:2       (Autumn 2016)

'Cathy Come Off Benefits: A comparative ideological analysis of Cathy Come Home and Benefits Street' in Journalism and Discourse Studies 1:2 (February 2016)

‘Narrative Form and the British Television Studio 1955-63’ in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 34:3 (June 2014).

“Ah! Our very own Juliet Bravo, or is it Jill Gascoine?” Ashes to Ashes and Representations of Gender’ in Jonathan Bignell and Stephen Lacey (eds.) British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future, 2nd ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2 May 2014)  ISBN: 1137327561.

View Ben Lamb's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Film aims to encourage social debate
    Evening Gazette, 27/09/2016; Noodls web, 27/09/2016
    Teesside University lecturer, Dr Ben Lamb was involved in free screenings of Ken Loach's I Daniel Blake to encourage debate on poverty, social exclusion and the increasing use of food banks.