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Lisa Kerrigan

Lisa is the senior curator of television at the BFI National Archive. She joined the BFI in 2008, having previously worked at the BBC and at the British Universities Film and Video Council. Lisa has worked on projects including Unlocking Film Heritage, BFI Gothic, Play for Today at 50 and the ongoing Heritage 2022. She was a curator for the project Visions of Change: TV Documentary of the 1950s-1960s and produced the accompanying DVD box set. She has also contributed to BFI Screenonline, BFI compendiums and Sight & Sound magazine.

Lisa advises on academic research into the Archive’s television collections and is a member of the International Federation of Television Archives Media Studies Commission.

Articles by Lisa Kerrigan

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  • The best British TV of 2019

    At the end of a bumper year across streaming and broadcast channels, BFI curators select their favourite new British TV of the past 12 months.

    Friday, December 6, 2019


  • The best British TV of 2018

    In 2018 British TV told stories of our nation that were ancient and unfolding, heart-warming and crushingly sad. Here the BFI curatorial team pick their favourite terrestrial TV shows of the year.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018


  • The best British TV of 2017

    From Harlots to Timewasters, BFI curators round up the best things on television this year.

    Monday, December 11, 2017


  • The best British TV of 2017 so far

    BFI curators pick some of the year’s television highlights to date. How many of these did you catch?

    Monday, July 31, 2017


  • The best British TV of 2016

    BFI curators select their favourite homegrown television of the year.

    Friday, December 16, 2016


  • The best British TV of 2016 so far

    The BFI’s TV curators round up their personal favourites from what’s already been a bumper year on the small screen.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016


  • Carla Lane, 1928–2016

    Liverpool’s great sitcom tragi-comedist, co-writer of The Liver Birds, Bread and Butterflies, has died at the age of 87, writes Lisa Kerrigan.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016


  • BBC Three switchover: 10 great programmes

    It’s the end of an era for BBC Three, as the channel switches to being online-only. These are 10 highlights from the output of the often controversial but underappreciated platform, which launched in 2003.

    Monday, February 15, 2016


  • The films that built Out of the Rubble

    A guide to the archive films that feature in Penny Woolcock’s new documentary Out of the Rubble, which premiered on Film4 and is available online on BFI Player.

    Monday, February 8, 2016


  • The best British TV of 2015

    Our TV curators have been glued to their sets all year, making calls on which programmes to select for preservation in the BFI National Archive. This top 10 represents the cream of 2015’s crop.

    Friday, December 18, 2015


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