I’m a regular contributor to radio programmes and made my debut as a presenter of Radio 3’s Free Thinking in May 2017. I was an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker in 2015.
Recent TV includes:
- Channel 5’s World’s Greatest Paintings, delayed due to Covid-19 but coming soon!
- Channel 5’s Henry VIII: Rise of a Tyrant, broadcast October 2020.
- BBC2’s A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy, broadcast July 2019.
Catch me on BBC Sounds You’re Dead To Me, talking about the Borgias.
Other broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 include:
- A Free Thinking discussion on writing about art with Simon Schama and Siri Hustvedt, recorded at the Hay Festival in May 2019. Listen here.
- A Free Thinking discussion on ‘Women Finding a Voice’ with Deborah Frances-Smith, Michèle Roberts, Natalie Haynes and Jeannie O’Hare, September 2018. Listen here.
- A Free Thinking discussion on the body past and present with Chantal Joffe, Penny Pepper, Sarah Goldsmith and Heather Widdows, June 2018. Listen here.
- A Free Thinking discussion, ‘All About Eve: Stories of the Fall, Pregnancy and Aphrodisiacs’, with Stephen Greenblatt, Islam Issa, Jennifer Evans and Sara Read, December 2017. Listen here.
- A Free Thinking discussion on ‘Writing Love’ with Jonathan Dollimore, Rohit Dasgupta, Peggy Reynolds and Pritpal Singh, July 2017. Listen here.
- A Free Thinking discussion on Women’s Voices in the Classical World with Colm Tóibín, Bettany Hughes and Paul Cartledge, recorded at the Hay Festival and broadcast May 2017. Listen here.
- A Sunday Feature on Monteverdi’s Women for Radio 3’s Monteverdi 450 season, May 2017. Listen here.
- An Essay on my family history in 1940s Dhaka and Kolkata, recorded at the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead, March 2017. Listen here.
- An episode of Free Thinking on Machiavelli’s The Prince, March 2017. Listen here.
- An Essay on Renaissance gun culture, January 2017. Listen here.
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).