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Ms Patricia Holland

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year: 1995

Subject Area: Arts and Humanities

With the assistance of the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation I was able to collect and collate a wide range of data on the history of This Week, the first current affairs series on commercial television in the UK. I gave several conference papers on the subject and have published several articles and a book The Angry Buzz: ‘This Week’ and current affairs television (I.B.Tauris 2006). The project was taken up by Bournemouth Media School at Bournemouth University. With the assistance of a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and in liaison with University library, I was able to put the information into a detailed database -now available to scholars through the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) and create a catalogued collection of videotapes, scripts and documents. To mark the 50th anniversary of the series in January 2006, I organised a conference supported by the British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) which was attended by prominent television executives and journalists as well as academics and regulators. The conference also looked at the situation of current affairs on contemporary television, and I have continued to engage with present policies, through research based at Bournemouth University, and though my position as Vice-Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. I have been involved in responding to the consultation papers on the digital future of UK television, issued by the Communications regulator, Ofcom. Also as a direct result of the This Week project, the BBC current affairs series Panorama, has requested a similar database and historical study, which is being carried out by a PhD student at Bournemouth. I am among the supervisors.

I am currently researching a book on the history of documentary cinema.

Photograph: 'A This Week crew on location in the Divis Flats, West Belfast, January 1974. Crew from the left, David Crozier, sound recordist; Peter Taylor, reporter; Teddy Adcock, camera; David Gill, director. Courtesy Peter Denton.'