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Primetime TV exposure for University academics

Two academics from the University of Chichester have been working with TV production companies to talk about their work on primetime BBC TV.

Dr Iain Greenlees, Reader in Sports Psychology, was a consultant for the BBC Horizon programme on colour, which featured the research he carried out at Chichester on the effects of the colour of football goalkeeper shirts on penalty takers. Dr Greenlees also conducted a study with Dr Russell Hill from Durham University for the purposes of the programme on a similar theme.

The episode was first aired on 8 August on BBC 2, the first in a new series of the popular science programme. It can be viewed again on the BBC iPlayer at:

Meanwhile, Dr Amanda Richardson, who lectures in medieval and early modern history, will make her TV debut early next year after completing filming on a new documentary with presenter and comedian Griff Rhys Jones.

Dr Richardson was interviewed on location in Gloucestershire for an episode of a forthcoming series to be aired on BBC 1 in Spring 2012. Routes of Britain follows Griff as he retraces the route taken by Elizabeth I in her 1574 progress through the West Country. Dr Richardson spoke about how and why the landscape might have changed since Elizabeth's visit, having been contacted by Griff's production company Modern TV on the strength of her publications on medieval and early modern English landscape.

Dr Richardson said: “This was the first time I will have appeared on TV, and everything I had heard about the filming experience was true. There is lots of hanging around, and everything is filmed not only more than once but also back to front, as we did the interview before the scene where Griff and I arrived at the site in a chauffeur-driven 1964 Rolls Royce.

Talking about her time with Griff, she said: “He was really knowledgeable about Elizabeth and royal progresses in general, and had obviously done loads of research. The episode is only one in the series, which will see Griff being driven around many of the most notable historic routes in the country, so there should be something in it for everyone.”