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Tony  Steyger

Tony Steyger

Associate Professor

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 3919 ext. 3919 Room no. JM204


Tony has worked for all the major UK broadcasters as producer and director of factual and studio-based programming. At the BBC he produced ground-breaking documentaries for Video Diaries and Teenage Diaries, and was the inspiration behind the highly regarded Mass Observation series: Video Nation. In 1994 he launched Maverick Television where he created BBC2's iconic Trade Secrets series, relaunched Going for a Song with Michael Parkinson, and made RTS-award-winning programmes for the BBC's Comic Relief.

In 1997 he established the BBC’s first new media programmes unit, developing innovative low-cost, high-volume programming for the BBC’s digital platforms and the interactive studio series, Front Room, with Jason Bradbury. Tony went on to supervise the web streaming for the debut UK series of Big Brother for Channel 4 through Victoria Reel/Endemol.

Since 2005, Tony has been teaching on all aspects of film and television production at Solent, as well as continuing to make programmes with a focus on ordinary people, family and the environment. He helped establish the in-house media production centre, Solent Productions, which makes projects for clients and broadcasters, providing professional opportunities for students. Here he has supervised broadcast output for the Glastonbury Festival and launched the University’s web channel, Solent TV, and continues to develop and manage real-world learning opportunities for students inside and alongside the curriculum.

More recently, Tony has been leading on projects with the BBC and Showcase Cinemas to deliver productions made alongside the curriculum by students, staff and Solent alumni.

Tony has his own website ( where you can view a full filmography and more information.

"Television is transforming itself constantly and there are huge opportunities for learning and innovation. Steering students into the path of this transformation is exhilarating."

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Recent work

    Follow the link below to see Tony's most recent work.
    • Producer/Director: Vectis Radio (Solent Productions for BBC Inside Out, 2019): documentary on the radio station and its award-winning 'radio therapy' projects.
    • Producer/Director: Tinnitus (Solent Productions for BBC Inside Out, 2019): documentary on the story of one man's efforts to pioneer a radical new treatment for tinnitus.
    • Producer/Director/Editor: Island Pride (Solent Productions for BBC Inside Out): documentary telling the story of UK Pride on the Isle of Wight and the hidden histories of the LGBT community. Broadcast BBC1, 17th September, 2018
    • Producer/Director: Love Beyond Borders: short personal documentary about the loss of a parent when young. Set in Amsterdam and England, this is a journey into the past in an attempt to understand identity and belonging, 2018.
    • Producer/Director: Stranger Than Known: South Home Town, a video installation with artist Steve Hawley on the real and imagined identity of Southampton, selected for the New York Independent Film Festival, 2015
    • Producer/Director: The Last Taboo (Solent Productions, 2014): documentary project shot in Kenya exploring two communities’ efforts to tackle their sanitation health crisis. Best In-House Production at Learning on Screen Awards 2014. Official Selection at Ethnografilm Festival, Paris 2014.
  2. Recent publications

    Tony co-authored a chapter of the book Documentary and Disability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) with Dr Jamie Clarke. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Co-authored chapter with Dr Jamie Clarke for book: Documentary and Disability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), edited by Catalin Bryna and Helen Hughes.
    • Producer/director: South Home Town, a video installation screened at the New York Independent Film Festival 2015 with artist Steve Hawley on the real and imagined identity of Southampton.
    • Producer/director: The Last Taboo (Solent Productions): documentary project shot in Kenya exploring two communities’ efforts to tackle their sanitation health crisis. Winner of Learning on Screen award (BUFVC), 2014.
  3. Work in progress

    Rediscovering Video Nation: formal project partner on pending AHRC-funded project which explores and reimagines curated video material and the Video nation Archive held at Solent. Partners include UWE, BBC Archives and Mass Observation. States of Mind: development of feature documentary through Solent Productions charting one man's journey to understand mental health treatment across Africa whilst wrestling with his own demons.
  4. Research interests

    Tony's practice-based research interests include documentary production, video archives, web broadcasting and family history.
  5. Industry experience

    Tony worked as a producer and executive producer at BBC and ITV and co-founded Maverick Television and The Bridge. Tony has also worked as a freelance documentary producer and director for Channel 4 and Five.
  6. Awards

    Tony won Best In-House Production at Learning on Screen awards 2014 and Official Selection at Ethnografilm Festival, Paris 2014 'The Last Taboo' - a film he produced/directed, as well as South Home Town, Official Selection, New York Independent Film Festival, 2015
  7. Conferences

    Tony has presented at number of conferences. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Teenage Kicks: Cultures, Representations and Practices: conference paper and screening at Kingston University, 2017 on the screen tropes of the video diary.
    • Rediscovering the Video Nation archive: project synopsis and screening for Mass Observation's 40-year Anniversary Conference, University of Sussex, 2017.
    • Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Channel 4’s early programmes on disability at Rethinking Disability on Screen Symposium, University of York, May 2015.
    • Home Sick: conference paper and video extracts from autobiographical video project presented at MECCSA Annual Conference, University of Salford, 2011.
    • Home Sick: conference paper and research on autobiographical project presented at Journal of Media Practice Symposium, University of Sussex, 2009.
    • Telling The Truth: conference paper on nature of documentary film and television truth presented at Popular Culture Association of America, San Francisco, 2008.
    • Out Come The Freaks – A Personal Account of the Representation of Disability in the Media conference paper presented at Film and History Association, Chicago, 2008.
    • Disclaiming the Real - An Insider's Guide to the BBC's Video Diaries: conference paper delivered at the Film and History Association, Texas, USA, 2006.
  8. External examining

    Tony is an external examiner in television and film production with the University of Lincoln and KDU Penang in Malaysia.