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Dan Snow

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 November 2012

Michael Berkeley's guest on this Remembrance Sunday is the TV presenter Dan Snow, son of the TV journalist Peter Snow and nephew of Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan. He studied Modern History at Oxford, and began his TV career when he and his father jointly presented a programme on El Alamein to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the battles. They followed it up with an eight-part BBC2 series called Battlefield Britain, and since then Dan Snow has presented on several state occasions such as the 200th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar, the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in November 2008. He has also presented BBC2's 20th-century Battlefields, and many other programmes such as Little Ships (2010), China's Terracotta Army, Battle for North America: The Battle of Quebec (BBC2) and Dig WW2 (BBC1, 2012) on the excavation of historic sites and battlefields. He has just published a book, 'Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare'.

Dan has always been a keen sailor and rower. His music choices begin with Sibelius's Symphony No.2, which reminds him of family sailing holidays in the Baltic. Mozart is a favourite composer, and he has chosen the second movement of the Clarinet Quintet. He is half-Canadian, and the film 'Last of the Mohicans' is one of his favourites - he loves its soundtrack, especially Promontory. He has a Welsh grandmother, and has chosen the Welsh folk-tune Suo gan. His remaining choices are a movement from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Nimrod from Elgar's Enigma Variations, which he finds deeply moving, and the end of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a piece linked to a specific historical event 200 years ago this autumn.

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