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Dr Michael Samuel


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Research interests

Since 2009, I have been obsessed with the relationship between visual media (television, film, digital games) and culture—an obsession reflected in my research, publications and teaching.

I completed a PhD at the University of Leeds in 2019, my research sponsored by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Defining a new category of television—popular factual heritage television—my thesis explored the relationship between British non-fiction television and the heightened nostalgic popular culture in the UK after the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to this, I completed a Masters by Research degree, reinvestigating traditional television theory—namely Raymond Williams's notion of 'flow'—in response to emerging online television technologies. My research is housed at the Raymond Williams archives at the Sylvia Pankhurst Library, Sheffield. 

I am currently writing several books, including Northern Exposure A Cultural History (Rowman and Littlefield 2021), Popular Factual Heritage TV, and a book about Claudia Weill’s 1978 film Girlfriends.

I am the co-editor of a BBC Four Dossier for 100 Years of the BBC (CST Online 2022), Streaming and Screen Cultures in the Asia-Pacific (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), and True Detective Critical Essays on the HBO Series (Lexington Books 2017).

I have also written chapters on popular culture during COVID-19, time wasting and the contemporary television viewing experience, Downton Abbey and heritage tourism, HBO Series Treme and New Orleans post-Katrina, and digital game Red Dead Redemption and philosophy. 


Education/Academic qualification

University of Leeds

Award Date: 30 Jan 2019

Swansea University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2013

University of Wales

Award Date: 15 Jul 2011


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