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New TV series on the history of dancing – some behind-the-scenes pictures for you

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This week our new BBC Four series on dancing -’Cheek to Cheek, An Intimate History of Dance’ – was officially announced at the Edinburgh Festival, and you can read the press release here.  They also released a picture taken during the day we danced the Charleston at the Cafe de Paris in Leicester Square.  What

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I invite you to be my stylist … on the theme of ‘Tudor Magnificence’

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Dear internet friends, Now obviously we discuss history and research and stuff like that on this blog.  But we also like clothes and shoes, don’t we? And yes, these things matter.  Certainly as an art historian I have no problem in agreeing that they can be propaganda of the highest order.  At the moment, I

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On writing history articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Warning: this post gets a bit technical and may only be of interest to hard-core historians. It’s exactly ten years since I learned that my first book was to be published by Faber & Faber.  I remember getting the phone call at work, in our Monday morning management team meeting.  I’d left my phone switched

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‘Written and presented by …’

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One question I’m often asked after giving a talk is ‘how do you research/write your history television programmes?’ Well, the answer is that I don’t: they’re a massive team effort, and I’m only the mouthpiece for a group of people. It’s one of the reasons that they’re fun to make, as it’s totally collaborative.  That’s

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‘Tales from the Royal Wardrobe’: some behind-the-scenes pictures

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Well, I hope you’re going to enjoy ‘Tales from the Royal Wardrobe’ tonight. I think I shall be enjoying myself this evening not least because I’ll be watching with my friends from the crew with maybe a cocktail or two to hand. I have here for you some behind-the-scenes photos from when we were making

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‘Tales from the Royal Wardrobe’ – what it’s all about

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I’m happy to be able to direct you to a smorgasbord of information about our new documentary, ‘Tales from the Royal Wardrobe’, that’s going to be shown on Monday night at 9 on BBC Four. Here you can read the articles I wrote for its BBC webpages… Here’s the story of how it all came

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I spend three hours getting dressed as Elizabeth I.

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How did Elizabeth I get dressed? I wanted to know!  There’s no doubt that the queen had quite an extraordinary shape, if the portraits are to be believed.  If you visit a Historic Royal Palace it’s quite possible that you’ll see an Elizabeth I wandering round in a replica of the dress you can see

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Why do the Georgians matter?

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Today I have a LONG READ for you.  It’s an essay I wrote for May’s BBC History Magazine … and even though it’s Midsummer’s Day already there’s lots of time left to see our 2014 ‘Glorious Georges’ displays at Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace too. ‘Sometimes it’s a depressing business being a

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History’s most blingtastic weddings

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When reality TV star Kim Kardashian married the hip-hop artist Kanye West last month, Grazia magazine called it ‘the most blingtastic, ‘krazy’ wedding of all time’.  The occasion cost $12 million, half a million of them going on the dress alone.  It even had its own room at the hotel.   But this was more than a

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Off to Buckingham Palace for a Garden Party

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If you’re a Twitter or Facebook follower of mine, you’ll have already seen my Buckingham Palace Garden Party Hat I wore on Tuesday. I hired my vintage 1940s tricorn number from this terrific shop run by my friend the Top Tottie herself. Hats have been a topic of conversation in our office for some time. 

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