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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

BA (Cardiff University), MA (University of Bristol)

Position: PhD Student


Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75688

Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building

Ross was approved for the award of PhD in 2013

PhD Research

Nostalgia, Time Travel and 21st Century British Television

My PhD adopts a constructionist approach to the concept of nostalgia and argues that this affective state can be theorised as a discursive and/or narrative form due to the recurrent characteristics identifiable in expressions of this feeling. The research then adopts a textual analysis approach and explores how nostalgia can be explored through the textual and production-based ‘strategies’ (Johnson 2005) of television programmes in a variety of ways.

Considering nostalgia in this manner subsequently involves engaging with a number of historical and institutional issues surrounding the TVIII era (Rogers, Epstein and Reeves 2002) and so takes a case study approach to three important programmes (and their spin-offs) from the recent genre cycle (Altman 1999) of time travel dramas that have appeared on British television.

The case studies cover:

  • Nostalgia, time travel and public service broadcasting in Doctor Who (BBC 2005- ) and Torchwood (BBC 2006- )
  • Nostalgia, time travel and postmodernism in Life on Mars (BBC 2006-7) and Ashes to Ashes (BBC 2008-10)
  • Nostalgia, time travel and gender in Lost in Austen (ITV/Mammoth Productions 2008)

Supervisor: Dr. Matt Hills

Research Interests

  • Cult TV
  • Nostalgia
  • Industrial/Institutional perspectives on British television
  • Postmodernism


  • Autumn Semester 2006-9: Popular Culture (Dr Matt Hills and Dr Paul Bowman)
  • Spring Semester 2007-10: Representations (Dr Paul Mason)