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Ben Lamb

01642 384088
Job title:
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Media
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Media, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
T: 01642 384088
Research: Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Dr. Ben Lamb joined Teesside’s Media 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.

Ben is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently a member of Teesside’s Social Realism Seminar research group.

Research interests

Ben is predominantly a television historian who is interested in the theoretical debates surrounding television studies. His published research has examined modes of realism within different television production systems, genre theory, ideology, gender politics, feminism, and social class. 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.


‘“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)  [Forthcoming]

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

'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.

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.