AHTV 2023 Programme




Welcome to AHTV 2023! Join us at 9:30am for tea and coffee provided in the lobby.


A welcome from our supporters, the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Janina Ramirez is a 'Sunday Times' bestselling author, an Oxford lecturer, BBC broadcaster and researcher. She has presented and written over 30 hours of BBC history documentaries and series on TV and Radio, and written five books for children and adults, including 'Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages Through the Women Written Out of It.'

11.15AM Masterclass: The Royal Mob

A look at the making of Sky History and Nutopia's The Royal Mob. 'Told through the eyes of Queen Victoria's granddaughters, the Royal Mob tells the saga of the extended royal family that once ruled the whole of Europe.'

Speakers include: Tom Stubberfield, Showrunner | Ben Goold, Executive Producer, Nutopia


A discussion on the commissioning of Specialist Factual and research based programming with the UK's biggest broadcasters.

Speakers include: Benedetta Pinelli, Commissioning Editor, Sky Arts | Daniel Louw, Commissioning Editor, VP Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5/ Paramount+ | Simon Young, Head of History, Factual Commissioning, BBC | Jonah Weston, Commissioning Editor, Science & Adventure, Channel 4

1pm: Lunch

14:30: True Crime - is there a place for academic expertise in the retelling of murder as entertainment?

Speakers include: Jane Monckton-Smith, Professor of Public Protection, University of Gloucestershire | Will Hanrahan, Creative Lead, Firstlook TV

15:30: Scheme Survivors

Top tips on how to collaborate with television from academics and doctoral researchers who have been through the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers, AHRC TV PhD and BBC Open Music schemes.

Speakers include: Cat Watts, Doctoral Researcher, modern languages, University of Cambridge | Leo Geyer, BBC Open Music trainee and doctoral researcher, University of Oxford | Dr Charlie Beirouti, Researcher, Who Do You Think You Are | Dr Michael Talbot, Associate Professor in the History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Middle East, University of Greenwich

16:30 Beyond Viewing Figures

How TV impacts the real world and why this matters.

Speakers include: Deborah Sugg Ryan, Professor of Design History and Theory, University of Portsmouth | Caroline Sturdy Colls, Professor of Conflict Archaeology and Genocide Investigation, Staffordshire University | Margot Finn, Professor, UCL

17:30 Closing Drinks

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What our delegates say:

"I thoroughly enjoyed and valued the experience and felt privileged to be able to take part and learn so much.” - 2021 Delegate

"[AHTV provided] a real insight into the relationship between academia and TV and the calibre of the contributors was really impressive." - 2020 Delegate

“The sessions really gave me a clearer view of what TV producers are looking for. A special shout out would go to the live pitch session, which was really great!” - 2020 Delegate

"It's refreshing to be in a room full of open-minded academics, looking to take their work beyond academia." - 2020 Delegate

“I really enjoyed the commissioner and development panels - I found them genuinely inspiring and useful from an industry point of view.”  - 2019 Delegate

“The speed meetings [were] extremely valuable and [it was] enjoyable to speak with passionate and open people.” - 2019 Delegate

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