A British radio and television presenter who was known for hosting the TV shows The Look of the Week, The Book Programme, and The Fifties.
He started out as a journalist for the newspapers The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Graphic, and The Sunday Times.
He was one of the hosts for the British radio program Brain of Britain along with Stop the Week, a morning news program on BBC radio 4.
He married his wife Josie in 1988, and the two had three children: Lucy, Susie, and Nicholas.
He and actor Richard Burton both attended Exeter College, Oxford.