TV & Radio

I have worked widely across both TV and radio, and have been the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet since its inception in 2012.

I was both a consultant and presenter on BBC2’s living history series’ Victorian Bakers and The Sweetmakers, and regularly feature on TV both talking about and recreating the food of the past. I also work with a crack team of chefs who are up for almost anything.

For media enquiries, please contact me directly.

The Kitchen Cabinet
[BBC Radio 4]

The Kitchen Cabinet

Resident food historian and maker of tempting dishes.

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A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley
[BBC 2]

Recreating elements of Henry VIII’s Christmas feasts, and I got to wear a codpiece.

Victoria and Albert: The Royal Wedding
[BBC 2]

A partial reconstruction of the wedding of the (19th) century.

The Sweetmakers & The Sweetmakers Christmas special
[BBC 2]

Living history series following four professional confectioners as they cook through history.

Victorian Bakers & Victorian Bakers at Christmas
[BBC 2]

Four modern day bakers face life as their forbears would have known it.

Royal Recipes & Royal Wedding special
[BBC One]

Regular contributor, talking mainly about Queen Victoria and the wider social history behind selected royal dishes.

I have also contributed to:

  • James Martin’s Saturday Morning [BBC One] Occasional slots talking about such things as the evolution of cake, Queen Victoria’s dinner and why we eat sandwiches..
  • James Martin: Home Comforts – Series 1-3 [BBC One] Regular historic food slots within the main programme, talking about and cooking dishes as diverse as Victorian kedgeree and extraordinary 1930s aspirational salads.
  • James Martin: Home Comforts at Christmas [BBC One] Roving reporter rather than food history buff, presenting and voicing a selection of short films on Christmas foods in Austria.
  • The Great British Bake Off, Series 1-5 [BBC] Talking about baking traditions ranging from pie (series 1), to wigs (series 5), and including the series 3 christmas masterclass, all about mince pies.
  • Nigel Slater's The Icing on the Cake [BBC2]
    On the origins of afternoon tea, and on wartime cakes as emblems of hope.
  • Heston's Great British Food [Channel 4, 2014]
  • Escoffier: The making of a chef [Arte]
  • BBC Good Food [BBC One]
  • New Hidden Killers: the Victorian home [BBC4]
  • The One Show [BBC One]
  • The Hairy Bikers Best of British [BBC 2]
  • Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds [BBC One]
  • The Alan Titchmarsh Show [ITV1]
  • The Today Programme [BBC Radio 4]
  • and many others...

Media Consultancy

  • The Victorian Way [English Heritage, YouTube]
    Historical consultant for a YouTube series featuring characters from Audley End. The series won a YouTube Works gold award in 2019 and regularly nets around 2 million viewers.
  • The Sweetmakers & Christmas special [BBC]
    Consultant on recipes and narrative, responsible for bringing snapdragon to a TV screen near you.
  • Victorian Bakers & Victorian Bakers at Xmas [BBC]
    Consultant (and presenter) on Victorian Bakers, a 3 part living history documentary. Episode 2 shortlisted for The Grierson Award for Best Historical Documentary.
  • Calf's Head & Coffee [Crocodile media for BBC4]
    Winner of a Guild of Food Writers Award (Michael Smith award for British Food). Nominated for a Fortnum & Mason award (TV).
  • A Very British Christmas with Sarah Beeny [Red House TV for Channel 4]
  • The Great War: The People's Story [ITV]