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Personal profile


Paul has worked in broadcast television production for over twenty years, in London, San Francisco and Glasgow. As a freelance producer/director he has made over one hundred hours of television. This has included documentary, obdocs, reality tv, factual entertainment, drama-documentary, talk shows, quiz shows, features and children’s television.

Most recently he was asked to Edit Produce the first episode in the six part series 'Inside Central Station' for the new BBC Scotland channel.  In the channel's first week, this was the most watched original programme outside of the channel's opening night.  Other highlights include producing and directing a drama documentary about murderer Peter Manuel, shown on BBC Alba’s opening night. Also his own production company made the Edwyn Collins documentary Home Again that was shown on BBC Scotland, BBC4 and BBC2. It has also been shown at film festivals in Spain, Chile and Argentina.

He has a list of primetime network credits as producer, director and series producer.  Most recently he has worked as Edit Producer on the BAFTA winning Antiques Road Trip.  He has worked as a Storyline Editor on broadcast drama scripts

Paul joined the lecturing staff of UWS in 2009.

His research interest is production cultures.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise is in TV Production and I have a developing interest in Production Studies and Production Cultures.  For many years I made what is sometime referred to as 'Ordinary Television' and I am developing a focus on production culture in that field.

I also have experise in factual TV production and documentary.

Also in factual TV development and in repeatable, returnable, formatted TV

Current research activities

My focus in in continued TV production and in working with TV production companies and individuals to develop research in production studies and production cultures.

I'm interested in popular, Ordinary TV.  I have a developing research focus on the practicalities of getting the job done in TV.  My interest is in the intersection of the creative and the practical.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I have expertise in working as a liaison between companies and students to creative digital content.

I can offer expertise in factual TV development and edit producing

External positions

Chair of awards jury, Royal Television Society, Scotland

1 Feb 20203 Jun 2020

Chair of Awards Jury, Royal Television Society, Scotland

1 Feb 201912 Jun 2019

Awards Committee member, Royal Television Society

1 Jan 2019 → …

Chair of awards Jury, Royal Television Society, Scotland

1 Feb 20181 Jun 2018

Full voting member, British Academy of Film and Television Arts

1997 → …

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Research Output

  • 4 Digital or Visual Products
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Paper

Inside Central Station: Series 1 Episode 1

Tucker, P., 3 Mar 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The Pearlfishers 'Love & Other Hopeless Things' 

    Tucker, P., 1 May 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Scheduling for Christmas: how an ‘Ordinary’ piece of television became extraordinary

    Tucker, P., Wolfenden, H. & Sercombe, H., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Popular Television. 5, 1, p. 31-48

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 152 Downloads (Pure)

    Antiques Road Trip

    Tucker, P., 2014

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Activities

    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

    BAFTA (External organisation)

    Paul Tucker (Chair)

    28 Aug 2018

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


    Paul Tucker (Contributor)

    7 Nov 2016

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

    New Directions in Film and Television Production Studies

    Paul Tucker (Speaker)

    15 Apr 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Royal Television Society (External organisation)

    Paul Tucker (Chair)

    1 Dec 2014

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Press / Media

    Inside Central Station - STV Press Page

    Paul Tucker


    2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Other

    A review of the documentary 'Bitter Lake' on the website 'The Conversation'

    Paul Tucker


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment