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A New History of British Documentary


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. James Chapman
    Pages 1-17
  3. James Chapman
    Pages 18-40
  4. James Chapman
    Pages 41-89
  5. James Chapman
    Pages 90-122
  6. James Chapman
    Pages 123-171
  7. James Chapman
    Pages 172-215
  8. James Chapman
    Pages 216-258
  9. James Chapman
    Pages 259-265
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 266-324

About this book


A New History of British Documentary is the first comprehensive overview of documentary production in Britain from early film to the present day. It covers both the film and television industries and demonstrates how documentary practice has adapted to changing institutional and ideological contexts.


British cinema British television documentary documentary film documentary movement history EMB GPO MOI COI BBC bibliography Britain film Great Britain history of literature knowledge present television

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

About the authors

James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester, UK, and editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. His previous work includes The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (1998), Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (1999) and Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (2005). He is also co-editor (with Mark Glancy and Sue Harper) of The New Film History: Sources, Methods, Approaches.

Bibliographic information


“Chapman describes this volume as both ‘a partially researched textbook’ and ‘an attempt to map the field’. … as a convenient one-stop-shop source of reliable information and thoughtful comment on a huge subject it will prove useful for some years to come. … it will endure further as an equally handy summary of the state of received knowledge at the time of its writing.” (Patrick Russell, Reviews in History,, June, 2016)