Radio & TV

I’m a regular contributor to radio programmes and was an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker in 2015.

Coming up in 2017: two Essays for Radio 3, one on sixteenth-century gun culture, one on my family history in 1940s Dhaka and Kolkata. Details coming soon.

Watch my BBC Arts film, The Renaissance Prince, showing some of the objects discussed in my biography of Alessandro de’ Medici.

My radio essay The Moor of Florence: A Medici Mystery was recorded at the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and broadcast on Monday 9 November 2015. It previewed the research behind the Alessandro book.

I also talked about this research on Radio 4’s Start the Week in a discussion of poetry, race, history and implicit bias with Claudia Rankine, Amir Darwish and Jules Holroyd recorded at the Free Thinking Festival (November 2015).

I was a historical adviser on the 2015 TV show Wolf Hall (BBC2/Company Pictures). Read more here.

At the Hay Festival 2015 I talked about Cardinal Wolsey and the papal court, to mark the 500th anniversary of his promotion to the cardinalate, for a special edition of Radio 3’s Free Thinking.

Here are some of my other radio contributions:

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking, a review of the Artes Mundi prize show (October 2016).

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking, reviewing the Botticelli Reimagined show at the V&A (March 2016)

BBC Radio 4: Making History, a mini essay on history and social media (February 2016)

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time on the Medici (2013)

BBC Radio 4: The Invention of Italy (2013)

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time on the Borgias (2012)

BBC Radio 4: Open Book, talking about my book Our Man in Rome (2012)

BBC Radio 3: Night Waves, talking about my book Our Man in Rome (2012)

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