Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


David Lancaster

Senior Teaching Fellow

0113 343 5811

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.33

Office hours: Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

MA (Cambridge)


Apart from my teaching and administrative work, I also write on films. In 2005, I published a biographical study of the 1950s American film star, Montgomery Clift. In addition, I am a regular reviewer of film and television books for Film & History, an Americanlearned journal.

My main broadcasting experience has been in factual television at a variety of levels. After joining the BBC straight from university, I spent two years working on productions such as Kaleidoscope, the Radio 4 arts magazine; television news and features at BBC South West, BBC Music & Arts Television (Timewatch and Bookmark), before becoming a producer and director at BBC Birmingham on a range of daytime magazine shows. These gave me wide experience across a whole range of subject matters and formats: in studio, on Outside Broadcast or on film – much of this work was seat-of-the pants stuff, live. After leaving the BBC to become a freelance producer, I worked on the Channel 4 cult late-night discussion series After Dark, then on Kilroy at a time when even popular studio discussion shows were trying to make programmes about the dramatic events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I worked as a discussion producer for the then African Caribbean Unit at the BBC,worked on BBC Breakfast Time, The Channel 4 Daily and GMTV; I was a producer on the BBC-2 “youth” current affairs series Reportage and on Discovery Channel Europe’s D-Day programme. I was also part of the launch of You Decide – with Jeremy Paxman, a highly successful live discussion series on BBC-1, and The Argument, a series on public policy with David Aaronovitch. I have also worked in entertainment news for Channel 5 and satellite and cable broadcasters. Therefore my experience of, and interests in, broadcasting are pretty wide, especially in the kind of fast turn-round, medium-to-low budget world which is becoming so important in the multi-channel age.

I’m also active in community theatre. I have directed productions of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea (both of which won awards) and Patrick Marber’s Closer, In addition, I’m involved as a writer and director in a cabaret sketch company called Little Big Show Productions.


COMM 3010 The Responsibilities of Broadcasters (undergraduate final level module); and COMM 3645 Individual Project (Fact) (undergraduate final level module).



  • Lancaster DP (2005) Montgomery Clift. Outlines. Bath: Absolute Press.

Journal articles

  • Lancaster DP (2004) “Teasing Quality”, Film and History. 34.1: pp.92+.

  • Lancaster DP (2004) “Hero as Globetrotter”, Film and History. 34.1: 82-83.

  • Lancaster DP (2004) “How You See It”, Film and History. 34.2: 93-94.

  • Lancaster DP (2004) “Might-Have-Beens”, Film and History. 34.1: 90-91.

  • Lancaster DP (2004) “Protean Figure”, Film and History. 34.2: 90-91.

  • Lancaster DP (2004) “The Invisible Visible”, Film and History. 34.1: 84-85.

  • Lancaster DP (2002) “Cultural Differences”, Film and History. 32.2: 97-98.


  • Lancaster DP (2002) “Essays on Bringing Up Baby and 6 Other Hollywood Films”, In: Graham R; Wallis; Heather (eds.) Key Film Texts. London: Arnold. pp.43-46, 57-60, 70-+

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