Bettina Talbot

Bettina Talbot


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Bettina worked in the Broadcast Industry for over 14 years in London and Berlin. Working as a freelancer on mainly factual programmes for major UK and US channels such as Channel 4, BBC and National Geographic, her roles inlcuded self-shooting producer and director, production manager and edit producer. She also worked on several docu dramas as the series drama producer responsible for the re-enactments.

Documentaries and series she worked on include science documentaries such as BAFTA award winning "Inside Nature's Giants" for Channel 4, "Monster Moves: Mountain Mission" for National Geographic as well as history drama docs such as "The Great Escape: The Reckoning" (Channel 4) and "America's Secret Space Heroes" for Smithsonian Channel and long running "Locked Up Abroad" series for National Geogrpahic and Channel 5 UK.

She started working as a part-time member of staff at the UWS in January 2021. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise is in documentary filmmaking for Television with the focus on science, history and docu-drama and the way the visual stories unfold. 

I am also interested in Natural History Documentaries and the way they are getting produced internationally as well as the way the narratives work in these programmes and whose voices we encounter. 

I am very interested in feminist theories as well as representation and production culture and ethics.

Current research activities

My current research activities focus on starting a PhD about Natural History Filmmaking representation and practice. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I can offer exeprtise in documentary filmmaking, story or idea development for TV and edit producing.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Lecturer for Wildlife Media, University of Cumbria

1 Dec 2017 → …


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