Broadcasting

I love broadcasting, and I've done everything from review movies for Radio 4's arts strand Front Row to introduce live classical concerts on Radio 3. I've also contributed to current-affairs programmes such as From Our Own Correspondent and the Today programme. As a presenter, I write and front radio documentaries and online videos, and have appeared as a specialist contributor in a number of TV documentaries, both internationally and in the UK.

Radio

In addition to making regular appearances as a reviewer and commentator on Front Row (Radio 4), Free Thinking/Night Waves (Radio 3) and various Five Live programmes, I've written and presented several documentaries and contributed to the BBC's From Our Own Correspondent and From Our Home Correspondent series.

The vanishing nightingale

BBC Radio 4
7 mins, 2017

Essay/thinkpiece on the nightingale for Radio 4's From Our Home Correspondent strand, reflecting on the songbird's rich artistic legacy – and its endangered present.

Who pays for the arts?

BBC Radio 4
30 mins, 2016

… and is oil money too high a price? Investigative feature, focusing on the divisive issue of corporate sponsorship and featuring interviews with Peter Gelb of New York's Met Opera and Peter Mather, head of BP Europe.

Selling Shakespeare

BBC Radio 4/World Service
30 mins, 2016

From global "brand" to the Bard in the boardroom … A wry look at the global Shakespeare industry, broadcast on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

Left-Handed Liberty

BBC Radio 3
45 mins, 2015

Radio 3 Sunday Feature on the unjustly neglected Marxist playwright John Arden, and his fascinating 1965 project to write a play about Magna Carta.


TV

I was a specialist contributor to BBC4/WGBH’s Shakespeare Uncovered TV series (2012) and Channel 4’s Shakespeare’s Tomb (2016).

I’ve been a panellist on the live debate programme The Big Questions (BBC1), and have often appeared live on BBC News as an arts commentator and journalist.


Online video

I’ve written and fronted a number of short arts documentaries for The Guardian, on topics including theatre, dance, design, architecture and visual art.