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Q&A: Dan Snow, historian

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

From here:

Dan Snow, 26, is a historian and the son of journalist Peter Snow. He was in the winning crew in the 2000 Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, and captained the Oxford team the following year. Last year, he presented Battlefield Britain on BBC2 with his father and co-authored the accompanying book. He is working on a new series and book about world battles.

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Slideshow: Medieval punishment dished out by The One Show’s Dan Snow

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

From the Saffron Walden Reporter:

THE One Show’s history correspondent Dan Snow arrived at Mountfitchet Castle today (Wednesday) to dish out a lesson on medieval punishment.

The history buff came to the famous Stansted exhibition to film a piece on crime and punishment for the popular BBC One show presented by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

“We’ve been filming at some fantastic sites across the country from the Tower of London to Edinburgh Castle,” said Dan. “It’s great to be able to film at Mountfitchet Castle which is a wonderful example of a fortified medieval site.”

The film crew used many of the castle’s exhibits including a cat o’ nine tails traditionally used for flogging, a branding iron and stocks.

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“It’s fascinating how methods of punishment have changed throughout history,” said Dan.

The features on crime and punishment will not be shown on The One Show until January.

Dan Snow’s guide to digging up your family’s military past

Monday, June 1st, 2009

From here:

Not everyone can boast that they are related to a former Prime Minister, or to one of Shakespeare’s alleged lovers. But Dan Snow can do both.

The young TV historian already has an accomplished close family – his father is broadcaster and co-presenter Peter, whose cousin Jon is the Channel 4 News anchor – but it seems his ancestors were even more distinguished.

“David Lloyd George is my great great grandfather and we’re all very proud of him,” says Dan.

“He was Britain’s first working class Prime Minister and is definitely up against Churchill for the greatest one.

“He had a pretty impressive record really, coming in back in 1916 when we had the worst years in British history. We were in danger of losing the Battle of the Atlantic, we’d had a hideous loss of life on the Western Front and David Lloyd George came in and provided charismatic leadership that helped Britain win the war.”

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My Mentor: Dan Snow on Peter Snow

Monday, June 1st, 2009

From here:

‘I don’t think there are many people who can explain a complicated idea better than dad’

Interview by Sophie Morris

Monday, 18 February 2008
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People say to me: “Oh, it’s really unfair. Your dad got you into television.” Yes, he did. But not by ringing up (former BBC2 controller) Jane Root and saying he wanted to do a programme with his son; he would have been laughed at.

From the time I was three years old until I was an adult he was presenting Newsnight all week and coming home at 1am, broken. Yet on Saturdays he was out of bed at 7am, driving me to Hastings, telling me about the battle on the way. He must have wanted to watch football or rugby or lie on the sofa, but instead he gave me a love of history and taught me about characters and how to look out for them, and how to tell stories. That’s where the real mentoring came in

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Dan Snow: How Britain nearly became the Irish Isles

Monday, May 25th, 2009

From here:

The TV historian talks about his new BBC Four series, How the Celts Saved Britain.

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‘Everyone always talks about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings,” says an exasperated Dan Snow, “but all the really big events happened 400 years earlier. We could, if things had gone only slightly differently then, be living on the ‘Irish Isles’ not the British Isles. Our capital should probably have been York.”

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Dan Snow: History boy

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Article originally published in The Independent on Sunday (Saturday, 26 July 2008):

Dan Snow, son of Peter Snow, has stepped out of his father’s shadow to become the BBC’s latest highbrow heart-throb. Here, he talks to Sophie Morris about the future of history, the complications of family life and why he is a terrible boyfriend

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