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Friday 6 May 2011, 11:06
There's no denying it, most people really don't know how fabulous our seas are.
We tend to celebrate the coast and our great maritime history and yet we often overlook what's just under the surface in our coastal waters.
As a diver for over 40 years, you can imagine that Britain's Secret Seas feels...
Tuesday 3 May 2011, 15:11
"Lest we forget" is the motto of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
I have no doubt that after the royal wedding on Friday, tens of millions will forever remember the sight of three World War II planes roaring down the Mall in central London, as a sea of people became a sea of flash photography...
Wednesday 27 April 2011, 13:01
When I was a young medical student, it was felt that the best way to get a really good understanding of the workings of the human body was by dissecting a corpse.
Altruistic individuals would leave their bodies for students, like me, to tremblingly dissect.
These days you can get a more intimate and...
Tuesday 19 April 2011, 12:24
When the BBC suggested that I temporarily leave my usual rather grand surroundings at Britain's Historic Royal Palaces, where I work as a curator, in order to present If Walls Could Talk: The History Of The Home, I was thrilled.
This BBC Four series explores the history of British homes at all levels...
Thursday 14 April 2011, 21:00
Last year, the BBC Lab UK team left MoneySaving Towers (my offices) with their hands bitten off.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes - was my understated...
Tuesday 12 April 2011, 14:15
I hadn't realised quite how contentious the subject of breastfeeding is.
After I had my daughter I tried to breastfeed and ended up with mastitis - a breast infection - and was admitted into hospital.
I was quite defensive...
Tuesday 5 April 2011, 16:14
When the BBC got in touch with me and suggested a series about the history of filth I was suitably nervous.
In Filthy Cities, they wanted a series which explored the idea that we humans create a huge amount of waste that, if left untreated, can destroy us.
By looking at how human societies have overcome...
Tuesday 22 March 2011, 12:42
I was approached by the BBC's Religion and Ethics department back in 2009. They explained they were looking to work with a specialist on Bible's Buried Secrets, a documentary series about the Bible and archaeology, and that I'd been recommended to them.
Now, I know I'm a bit of a geek, but I'm always...
Thursday 3 March 2011, 15:00
The Sky At Night has been a part of my life for years. My school had an observatory and the astronomy club devoured episodes old and new, so it was an enormous honour to be asked to appear on the programme.
When I first appeared, in 2000, the programme was still shot in a corner of one of BBC Television...
Wednesday 23 February 2011, 11:05
When the BBC asked me to present the BBC Four series Romancing The Stone: The Golden Ages Of British Sculpture, I jumped at the chance - because I have long believed that sculpture in this country suffers unfairly from neglect.
Our towns and cities are full of civic statuary that we routinely ignore...
Thursday 10 February 2011, 09:59
When I was approached to make a documentary about the fig leaf in sculpture, I sensed a cloud no bigger than a man's hand - or other prominent feature.
Was the subject too slight?
But it turned out that hidden within the roomy folds of this humble frond was an eye-popping story of sex, religion,...
Wednesday 9 February 2011, 09:50
My original interest in history - and then archaeology - started with childhood curiosity about my own family.
I felt a need to know where we had come from. Why did we live where we did? Who were my grandparents and great-grandparents, and why did they have the lives they did?
From that grew a need...
Wednesday 13 October 2010, 13:05
Some people are born performers. I, on the other hand, was a shy child, who it only seemed natural would then spend his career shut away on his own hunched over a laptop - working first as a film journalist, then a novelist and then a bit of both.
But life is a strange old beast - and with that in...
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