Wednesday 14:30 – 15:30

History on Screen

There has been significant growth in the demand for historical content - whether factual documentaries and books aimed at the general public, or historically based TV and film. This panel promises a lively and entertaining discussion on what audiences are looking for and the kind of content being commissioned and created to meet this demand. If you’re interested in how history and heritage is presented, or you produce historical content, this is a must attend session featuring some of the leading figures in this field.


Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

Alexander Knetig

Michael Wilson


Sir Tony Robinson


    Sir Tony Robinson

    Sir Tony Robinson is known as Britain’s foremost face of popular history through presenting 20 seasons of Channel 4’s archaeology series “Time Team” and as the creator of a worldwide icon as Baldrick in “Blackadder”. Having earned some of the highest awards possible as a television writer, and writing over 30 children’s books and several adult books, Sir Tony has enjoyed a rich and varied television career as an actor and presenter, including his acclaimed documentary about the elderly entitled “Me and My Mum”. An ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society since 2008, Sir Tony received the highest possible accolade, a knighthood, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013.


    Suzannah Lipscomb
    Historian, author and broadcaster

    Historian, author and broadcaster

    Suzannah has presented numerous history documentary series including London: 2000 Years of History, Elizabeth I, The Great Fire of London, Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Witches, and Henry and Anne: The Lovers who Changed History, for Channel 5. She presented the Hidden Killers of the… Home series for BBC 4, two Bloody Tales series for National Geographic, Nicholas and Alexandra for UKTV, and co-presented ITV’s I Never Knew That about Britain. She featured extensively throughout BBC2's The Last Days of Anne Boleyn and also Yesterday's Secret Life Of.... series, presented the award-winning podcast Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places, and has also appeared on BBC’s The One Show, on BBC Radio 4, and as a resident historian on BBC 2’s comedy panel show Insert Name Here and Channel 4’s Time Team.

    Suzannah is Professor Emerita at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a columnist for History Today. She is the author of five books on the sixteenth century including Witchcraft (2018) and The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII (2015), and holds a double First, MSt, and DPhil in History from Lincoln and Balliol Colleges, Oxford, the latter as a Jowett Senior Scholar. She has also won awards for her work in the heritage sector, including as Creative Director of the National Trust’s recent exhibition, ‘We Are Bess’.

    Alexander Knetig
    Head of Digital, interactive commissioner, Arte

    Alexander Knetig is head of Digital distribution at ARTE. With his team, he is responsible for the digital distribution of the web-only and broadcast content of the European cultural broadcaster in its six languages. Before joining ARTE, he was a digital producer and freelance journalist in France, Austria, Spain and West Africa.

    Michael Wilson

    Michael started his career at BBC films in 1998 working as an assistant to the head of Films David M Thompson. Following that he moved into production and has spent much of the following 22 years learning the craft in a variety of roles. He worked as a Production Assistant, 3rd Assistant Director and Coordinator on films like Beautiful Creatures, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Dear Frankie and Elizabeth: Golden Age. In 2013 alongside Producer David Brown (Star Wars, Cloud Atlas), Michael set up Scotland’s first film studio and the opening series of the High-End TV Drama Outlander for Sony Pictures. Michael currently works as Producer on his 6th Season of the show, which has gone on to win numerous awards and garnered nominations at the Emmys and Golden Globes, including a best Drama Series nomination in 2016. Michael produced the Short Film Mouth of Hell, which won the coveted Grand Prix at the 39th Festival of Short Films in Drama, Greece and was nominated for a Best Short Film BAFTA at the 2017 EE Film Awards. Michael is now developing a slate of projects with his producing partner Mark Murdoch through their company Northstar Films including a 2-part television drama The Grey Area with writer / director Garry Fraser and writer Garry Torrance and an adaption of the National Theatre of Scotland stage play, Enough of Him by May Sumbwanyambe .


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