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Phil Tinline

Andrew Gordon
Film, TV and Stage Agent:
Georgie Smith
Translation Rights Contact:
Sophia Hadjipateras

Phil Tinline is a leading producer of historical narrative documentaries. He specialises in mining the points where history, politics, ideas and culture meet, to cast new light on the present and recent past. Phil’s extensive work for BBC Radio 4 explored such themes as the struggles of working-class Tories, the ‘revolutions’ of 1968, the birth of the EU, Orwell’s road to Nineteen Eighty Four, a 1981 NATO nuclear wargame and brainwashing, and has involved conducting a large number of interviews with politicians past and present.

Phil has also presented some of his own documentaries, such as a ten-part history of struggles for British liberty (The Battles That Won Our Freedoms), and three hour-long Archive on 4 documentaries on the impact of political ideas.

He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Observer, the Guardian, BBC History Magazine and the New Statesman. His first book, The Death of Consensus, is published by Hurst and was named by The Times as their Politics Book of the Year in 2022.

Phil’s new book project is about a 1960s literary hoax whose after-effects continue to be felt today. Ghosts of Iron Mountain will be published by Head of Zeus in the UK and by Scribner in the US.


The Death of Consensus