Radio & TV

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

My latest broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 are:

  • An Essay on Renaissance gun culture, broadcast January 2017.
  • An episode of Free Thinking on Machiavelli’s The Prince, broadcast 7 March 2017.
  • An Essay on my family history in 1940s Dhaka and Kolkata, recorded at the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead, broadcast Monday 27 March.
  • COMING UP: A documentary for Radio 3’s Monteverdi season.
  • COMING UP: More Free Thinking at the Hay Festival over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

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:

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