Dr Helen Wheatley
Associate Professor in Television & Film Studies
Department of Film and Television Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 24 7657 3871
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Helen Wheatley has research interests in various aspects of British television history. She has published a range of work on popular genres in television drama in the UK, US, and beyond (particularly the studio-based drama of the 1960s and 70s), and has written a book in this area entitled Gothic Television for Manchester University Press (2006). She also has an ongoing interest in issues of television history and historiography, a topic on which she has recently edited a collection of essays: Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television Historiography (IB Tauris, 2007).
Helen is currently undertaking research on the notion of television spectacle and visual pleasure on television, and is writing the history of the television at public exhibition s and festivals in 2012/13. She is also co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, A History of Television For Women in Britain, 1947-1989 (with Dr. Rachel Moseley (Warwick) and Dr. Helen Wood (De Montfort University)). As a member of the Midlands Television Research Group, Helen has undertaken research into 'lifestyle', primetime television, and the ‘real crime’ genre.
Wheatley, H. (2004) ‘The limits of television? Natural history programming and the transformation of public service broadcasting’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 7:3, 325-339
Wheatley, H. (2004) ‘Putting the Mystery back into Armchair Theatre’ in Journal of British Cinema and Television, 1:2
Wheatley, H. (2005) ‘Haunted houses, hidden rooms: Women, domesticity and the female Gothic adaptation on television’ in J. Bignell and S. Lacey (eds.), Popular Television Drama (Manchester University Press, 2005)
Wheatley, H. (2005) ‘Rooms within rooms: ITV and the studio heritage drama of the 1970s’ in C. Johnson and R. Turnock (eds), ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years (Open University Press)
Wheatley, H. (2006) Gothic Television (Manchester University Press)
Wheatley, H. (2007) ‘And Now For Your Sunday Night Experimental Drama…: experimentation and Armchair Theatre’ in L. Mulvey and J. Sexton (eds), Experimental Television (Manchester University Press
Wheatley, H. (2007) Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television Historiography (IB Tauris)
Beautiful images in spectacular clarity: spectacular television, landscape programming and the question of (tele)visual pleasure' Screen, 52:2
Helen Wheatley teaches the first year module Visual Cultures and the third year module Television and Audiovisual Cultures: Case Studies. She has recently supervised doctoral work on authorship and style in American television drama, and the male makeover, and is currently supervising a project on the fanvid. and advising on a project on the history of feminism on television .