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I am the composer on the second series of The Hour, a drama set in a 1950s BBC newsroom. My job is to create original music to support sections of the programme, hopefully enhancing them. I was brought on board just as shooting had started, as pre-recorded tracks of some songs of the period ...
The riots across England in August 2011 should need no introduction. Following the police shooting of Mark Duggan, a peaceful protest in Tottenham developed into explosive violent disorder. Over five days trouble spread across the country with people looting, setting fire to property and att...
It shouldn't have been this wet. The 4 x 4 slid across the muddy track like it was an oil slick and slammed into the bank on the edge of the road, almost knocking us all out. Water buffalo stood sodden and dripping with rain in the centre of the road, staring with a blank aggression as thoug...
We covered a vast area and huge distances while filming Indian Ocean. Starting in South Africa we travelled up the east coast of the continent, then around India and back down through Indonesia to finish in south-west Australia. Simon Reeve in Indian Ocean We visited 16 countries ...
Making Meet The Romans has been one of the most fun things I've ever done. It's been extraordinarily hard work (don't think making a documentary series is very glam!) but it has let me share some of the things I do in my day job as a Cambridge classics professor with a much wider audience. ...
At a meeting just before Christmas 2010 Lucian Freud, a small ancient figure at 88, sitting surrounded by fresh piles of newspapers, with their lurid headlines, suddenly stared, with characteristic bulging eyes, out of the window of Clarke's restaurant in Notting Hill, London. He had notice...
I first fell in love with crusading history as a schoolboy and continue to be fascinated by these medieval holy wars. In many ways, they have become my life's work. For me, the Crusades, the wars fought between Christians and Muslims for possession of the Holy Land between 1095 and 1291, hav...
I have been fascinated by the night sky ever since I was a child. I remember seeing Saturn through a telescope for the first time when I was about 10 years old, and the sight was nothing short of magical. Seeing Saturn, rings and all, hovering against the velvet black sky ignited a fire ...