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Jonathan Plummer

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Originally from Norfolk, Jonathan has been working in television production and journalism since 1984 when he graduated from University College London with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy. He worked as a film and video editor with the BBC before moving into production as an assistant producer at BBC Sport working on Grandstand, Sportsnight, Sport On Friday and Rugby Special.

He moved to Granada TV in 1990 and worked on sport, news, motoring programmes, and produced and directed documentaries including More Than A Piece of Paper about the Liverpool Register Office. An opportunity to live and work in Rome, working for an ESPN affiliate, was too good to miss and he spent two and a half years there covering sport including the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Asian Football Championships (Asia '96) in the United Arab Emirates. A six month stint making baseball shows for Fox Sports, and TV and radio commercials followed, based in College Station, Texas, before a return to freelance production in London making rugby union programmes, including covering the 1999 Rugby World Cup and travelling to France, Andorra, Spain, New Zealand and Australia covering the game.

In 2000 Jonathan went to work at BSkyB studio directing and producing a daily, live, two hour business programme and then making and presenting business documentaries. In 2002, Jonathan worked as a producer on BBC1 prime time chat show Johnny Vaughan's World Cup Extra. He has also run production for a property TV channel and his own production company, JPTV, producing sports quizzes for BSkyB and educational videos for the Open University amongst many other things.

As a freelance print journalist Jonathan has written for FourFourTwo, International Rugby News, The Guardian, Cycling Active and Cycling Plus he has also contributed to items about sport on BFBS radio.

In 2007, Jonathan completed a MA in film studies at the University of Westminster.


Jonathan's research interests include baseball films, sitcom and documentary production and aesthetics.

In his free time Jonathan enjoys being a father to two his two young daughters, sleeping (when he can, see previous), cycling (commuting, touring, sportives, time trialling, cyclo-cross and track), gardening, shouting at the telly whilst watching England play rugby union, supporting Norwich City FC, staring out the window whilst travelling by train, listening to the music of Elvis Presley and Jonathan Richman, reading and watching films (film noir, musicals, sports films and comedies).

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Industry experience

Jonathan's industry experience include major television credits.

Major Television Credits

  • 'The Trireme Quest', 1987, film editor, BBC2.
  • 'A Life for Stephen', 1988, film editor, BBC TV networks.
  • 'Grandstand, Sportsnight, Rugby Special', assistant producer, BBC TV networks.
  • 'More Than a Piece of Paper', 1994, director, Granada TV.
  • 'Fantasy Baseball Weekly', 1997, producer/director, Fox Sports.
  • 'The Road to France', 1998, producer, CSI, worldwide distribution.
  • 'World of Rugby, 1999-2000, producer, CSI, worldwide distribution.
  • 'Johnny Vaughan’s World Cup Extra', producer, BBC1.
  • 'Introduction to Psychology', 2006, producer/director, Open University.
  • 'Sky Sports Pub Quiz', 2005-2007, producer, BSkyB.
  • 'The Science of the Bike', 2012, producer/director, Open University.
  • 'Enhanced Recovery', 2012, producer/director, NHS.

Research interests

Jonathan's research interests include sitcoms and baseball films.

Recent publications

Jonathan's recent publications include conferences and conference papers.


Delivered a paper on 'Religious and Spiritual Imagery and Themes in the Hollywood Baseball Film' at the 2011 Annual American Culture Association conference in San Antonio.


Annual American Culture Association Conference, 2011.

Media Education Summit, Bournemouth University, 2012.

Bridging the Gap, Teeside University, 2012.


Three videos that Jonathan has produced and directed have been nominated for awards at the British Universities Film and Video Council annual awards, 'Family Group Conferences for Adults' in 2010, 'Introducing the patient to correct inhaler technique' in 2011 and 'Enhanced Recovery' in 2012.

Work in progress

Jonathan's work in progress is a book titled 'Religious and Spiritual Imagery and Themes in the Hollywood Baseball Film' for Edwin Mellen Press to be published in 2014.