DMU journalism alumnus helps produce Boris Johnson TV documentary


A De Montfort University (DMU) journalism graduate has spoken about his ‘intense’ experience helping to make an investigative TV documentary about Boris Johnson.

Liam Connell was assistant producer on the latest ITV Exposure film, which examines controversy surrounding Mr Johnson's eight-year stint as Mayor of London.

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Liam, who completed his Masters in Investigative Journalism at DMU in 2017, joined the project just three weeks before broadcast and was responsible for background research and interviews, finding contributors, assisting shoots and fact checking.

He said: “This was the most intense documentary I’ve worked on - mainly because of the subject matter, how little time we had and the fact we had to make sure all our information was arranged in a safe way to make sure it was kept secret.

"The reaction online to it has been great and extremely positive; I think the public realised how important the program was.”

The 60-minute film, titled ‘Exposure: When Boris Met Jennifer’, sees award-winning journalist John Ware interview Jennifer Arcuri - the businesswoman at the centre of the Boris Johnson controversy.

Last year, her links to the former Mayor came under scrutiny with claims she received favourable treatment in her business endeavours. However the Exposure film also alleges the pair had an illicit affair lasting over 4 years.

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Liam Connell (centre) graduating from DMU in 2018

Liam has highlighted how his time on the Investigative Journalism MA at De Montfort impacted his career, with him starting work on his first dispatch for Channel 4 – ‘Who Speaks for British Muslims’ - during his time on the course.

He said: “I started my first documentary while still studying, and luckily haven’t had much time off since. The course gave me the connections I needed and the fact it is attached to Channel 4 makes a massive difference.”

Liam has previously worked on several other documentaries since his time at DMU, acting as assistant producer on films such as ‘Heatwave Britain: Who needs Ibiza?’ and ‘Dispatches: Officer Down - Police Under Attack’– both of which were broadcast by Channel 4.

The Exposure film was originally broadcast on 17 November.

Posted on Wednesday 11th December 2019

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