Senior Lecturer in Television

Victoria Byard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Film & Television. She received her BA in English Literature from the University of Liverpool, and went on to complete her MA in Science Fiction Studies there as well. Her PhD was part of the AHRC-funded project. Spaces of Television, a joint initiative managed by the Universities of South Wales, Reading and Leicester, where Victoria studied. She has previously taught on world cinemas, B-movies and British television history before moving to Falmouth to teach on BA(Hons) Film and BA(Hons)Television & Film Production.

She has previously published on The Sarah Jane Adventures in British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future (2nd Ed.), 1950s children's television in The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary for Foundation, as well as a chapter in the edited collection Time Travel in Popular Media on time travel in 1970s children's drama. She is currently carrying out research on 1950s' television drama production, and on adaptation within children's television drama. She has presented her research at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, MECCSA conferences and the International Media and History Conference.  

Contact details

Telephone 01326 259236



Year Qualification Awarding body
2009 BA in English Literature University of Liverpool
2010 MA in Science Fiction Studies University of Liverpool
2016 PhD in Television Studies University of Leicester

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Victoria's research interests include children's media and culture, television drama, regional television, fan studies and feminist science fiction. She also has a particular interest in adaptations of children's literature for television. Currently, she is preparing papers on the demise of children's ITV, and gender in the Quatermass serials. 

Research Topics

  • Children's media
  • Adaptations
  • Television drama
  • British television
  • Fan studies
  • Science Fiction
  • Feminism
  • Genre
  • New Media

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Byard, Victoria

    (2015), ‘"I belong to the future": Timeslip Drama as History Production in The Georgian House and A Traveler in Time’, In: Time Travel in Popular Media: Essays on Film, Television, Literature and Video Games, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, N.C., pp. 149-164, ISBN: 978-0-7864-7807-1
  • Byard, Victoria

    (2014), ‘A Hero Mumsy’: Parenting, Power and Production Changes in The Sarah Jane Adventures., In: British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 118-130, ISBN: 978-1-137-32757-4, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Byard, Victoria

    (2014), Style, Space And Seriality In Early Children’s Television Drama: Puck Of Pook’s Hill, Five Children And It (BBC, 1951) And Man In Armour (1951–1954), In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Taylor and Francis, UK, 34 (3), pp. 345-356, ISSN: 1465-3451
  • Byard, Victoria

    (2014), An Adventure in Space and Time, In: Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, Science Fiction Foundation, United Kingdom, 43 (117), pp. 80-85, ISSN: 3064964, Item availability may be restricted.


Areas of teaching

  • Television Histories
  • Television Criticism & Analysis
  • New Platforms & New Audiences
  • Television Realities
  • Research Practice
  • dissertation
  • Researching World Cinemas
  • B-Movies & Serials

Courses taught

  • Television & Film Production BA(Hons)

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

External Examiner for Queen Margaret University (BA Film and Media)