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Norman Walks

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

As part of this summer’s Norman season on BBC2, BBC4 and BBC Learning it looks like Dan will be visiting Norman landmarks around Britain.

From the BBC programme page:

Dan Snow uncovers the ‘forgotten’ Norman Empire. The series follows Dan as he encounters local residents, compelling landscapes and fellow travellers along the way.

From the BBC Press Office:

In Norman Walks, Dan Snow uncovers the “forgotten” Norman Empire – one that has been largely overlooked but which laid the foundation for modern Britain. Each episode takes in prominent Norman landmarks and features a mixture of aerial archive and bespoke filming via helicopter.

Calais Roundup

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

TV historian rescues stranded travellers

The historian and broadcaster, Dan Snow has returned to Dover from Calais, with about 25 stranded travellers he rescued using three motorboats.

His rescue mission used rigid inflatable boats, known as ‘ribs’.

He has crossed the Channel to help those affected by flight restrictions, but he said the French police had ordered him not to return.

Presenter Dan Snow’s bid to rescue tourists halted

TV presenter Dan Snow’s mission to bring back home people stranded in France has been halted by officials.
The historian had filled three rigid inflatable boats with 25 people but was told by officials in Calais that he would not be able to return. Click to continue »

Stranded in Europe? Can get to Calais?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

edit (8.00pm, 17th April): Dan’s Calais Rescue fleet’s also mentioned on this Italian news site:

Oltre a suppliche per un passaggio, fra i tweet degli amanti del design in fuga si trovano anche casi di inaspettata generosità: preoccupato per la sorte dei suoi compatrioti, Dan Snow, giovane scrittore e presentatore della Bbc, ha aperto l’account calaisrescue. Domenica, promette, sarà a Calais con una miniflotta di cinque barche e fino al tramonto farà la spola sulla Manica con il porto di Dover. Ma come raggiungere il porto francese sulla Manica resta un problema aperto.

Roughly translated with the aid of NiceTranslator:

In addition to pleas for a passage between the tweets of design lovers on the run, are also cases of unexpected generosity: concerned about the fate of his compatriots, Dan Snow, a young writer and presenter of the BBC, has opened the account calaisrescue. On Sunday, he promises, a mini fleet of five boats will be at Calais and there will be an evening commute across the Channel to the port of Dover. But how to reach the French port on the Channel remains an open question.

Dan Snow calls on Friends of the Forces to step forward

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

From the Royal British Legion site:

TV presenter Dan Snow, the rising star of BBC history specials and The One Show, has joined Prince Harry in backing The Royal British Legion’s Friends of the Forces Awards.

Dan, who has reported from historic British battlefields across the globe, knows better than most, the special relationship between the UK and its Armed Forces.

“The British Armed Forces have shaped our country’s history and have always enjoyed the nation’s support,” he said, shortly after filming his recent series, The Empire of the Seas. “Now’s the time to recognise those who make an exceptional effort to respect and support our Armed Forces.”

Dan will be presenting the Friends of the Forces national awards ceremony in July and urged people to come forward with nominations.

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Latest Dan News

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Dan will be appearing at the Daphne du Maurier festival in May. Details can be found here.

He also has series’ on the Norman invasion and the evacuation from Dunkirk in the pipeline.

YouTube – Battle for North America

Monday, March 8th, 2010

YouTube – Battle for North America

Christmas has long been a time for gluttony | BBC History Magazine

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Christmas is approaching; people are giving themselves over to wild excess, while misanthropes moan. They wail that Christmas has become a festival of excess, an orgy of licentiousness, a celebration of gluttony.

Since these are exactly the aspects of Christmas that I most enjoy, I bridle when told by misguided joyless folk that I am betraying the true spirit of Christmas. Particularly because anyone with a passing knowledge of the history of the midwinter festival now known as Christmas will know that ever since humans became capable of sharing a common culture, they have let their hair down and partied at the time of year when the days are shortest.

via Christmas has long been a time for gluttony | BBC History Magazine.

Muskets in the Scottish hills | BBC History Magazine

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It was a very British scene. A group of wild haired men and women, dressed like Siberian irregulars, standing in a huddled group on a rain lashed November day on a hillside overlooking Glasgow. From time to time the clouds lifted and a bright autumnal light flashed off the buildings of the city below us. We were there to fire eighteenth century weapons.

via Muskets in the Scottish hills | BBC History Magazine.

New BBC Two winter shows include new David Mitchell comedy and more! : TV Scoop

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The Noughties examines the defining events that have shaped British life in the first decade of the 21st century; while The Empire Of The Seas presented by Dan Snow reveals the Royal Navys surprising past and reveals how its ships, technology and organisation have helped shape the history of Britain.

via New BBC Two winter shows include new David Mitchell comedy and more! : TV Scoop.

From William Pitt to American football | BBC History Magazine

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The street was full of fans. They were doing what fans do: shouting, laughing, drinking as much beer as possible before it was confiscated at the gates of the stadium. The University of Pittsburgh were playing Connecticut State and the home fans were out in force. It was a typical Saturday afternoon and could have been any town in the English speaking world. But one thing made this crowd stand out from others – nearly all of them had the name of one of Britain’s most influential statesmen emblazoned across T-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps and even painted on their faces: PITT.

via From William Pitt to American football | BBC History Magazine.