Get in Contact

Justin Smith - Principal Investigator

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)2932 845734

Ieuan Franklin - Research Assistant

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)2932 845734

Twitter @channel4project


University of Portsmouth

School of Creative Arts, Film and Media

St Georges Building

141 High Street

Old Portsmouth



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University of Portsmouth

Our project is based at the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media (SCAFM) within the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR) at the University of Portsmouth.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Established in April 2005 (and evolving from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, which was founded in 1998), the AHRC is a non-departmental public body, promoting and supporting the production of world-class research in the arts and humanities. The AHRC is funding our four-year project.

British Universities Film and Video Council

The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) is a representative body which promotes the production, study and use of moving image, sound and related media in higher education and research. Our team is working closely with the BUFVC, who are playing a key role within the project through their creation of a database of Channel 4’s weekly Press Information Packs (1982 – 2004) under an agreement with Channel 4. This database will prove to be a useful digital resource both for the project and for future media researchers in general.

Film 4 Productions

Film 4 Productions is the feature film commissioning department of Channel 4.

BBC Films

BBC Films is the feature film-making arm of the BBC.

BFI National Library

The BFI (British Film Institute) promotes understanding and appreciation of film and television heritage and culture. Its library is an unparalleled resource on the moving image in Britain from pre-cinema to the present, including books, periodicals, audio tapes, press cuttings, festival materials, special collections of unpublished materials, and much more.

UK Film Council

The UK Film Council is the Government backed lead agency for film in the UK.

The University of Portsmouth's Channel 4 project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and run in partnership with the British Universities Film and Video Council.
University of Portsmouth British Universities Film and Video Council Arts and Humanities Research Council

…Channel 4 has opened up possibilities for many producers, providing the chance of regular work which, whatever the limitations of budget and subject matter, can only be a valuable stimulus to the local industry. — John Walker, (Walker 1985)