I have been Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London since 2002
Between 1982 and 1999 I was an independent producer, making documentaries for British TV, initially for Channel 4 making its first cinema show, Visions, which ran for three years. Among the greatest hits were a history of cinema in China; the expose of TV Globo in 'Brazil: Beyond Citizen Kane'; an account of the making of the Ealing comedy 'Whisky Galore'; Angela Carter's last work 'The Holy Family Album' and a dramatisation of Edouard de Pomiane's cookery book 'French Cooking in Ten Minutes'. Some of this is on YouTube, others on DVD release.
Nowadays I study the way that TV works and has worked, with a special interest in its history. And documentary... after a decade out of the business, I have finally found a way of understanding theoretically what I was up to in practice. Why did it take so long?