In the last few months I’ve been working on a couple of projects that are at last going to see the light of day.
Later this year, BBC2 are showing my new four-part series Let Us Entertain You, a history of modern British popular culture.
In October, meanwhile, Penguin/Allen Lane are publishing my book The Great British Dream Factory, exploring roughly similar themes: how the British reinvented themselves as entertainers to the world, how our popular culture reinforces the status quo, how it reflects the legacy of the Victorians, and how it promotes the cult of the individual.
I’ll be giving various public talks to promote the series and the book in the next few months.
On Thursday 28 May, I’m going to be showing some preview clips and discussing the series with BBC2’s controller Kim Shillinglaw at the Hay Festival.
On 24 June I am speaking at the Chalke Valley history festival, and on 17 October I am speaking at the BBC History weekend in Malmesbury.