Dan Snow was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. While there he also rowed in the Boat Race three times.
He left Oxford and immediately started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award. He went on to make programmes around the world on a range of historical topics. He has told the story of the Terracotta Army and creation of China, Montezuma in Mexico, the rise of the British Empire, he has looked for previously undiscovered Roman remains in North Africa and the Balkans, and recently he travelled to warzones in Syria and the Congo to explore how their past has shaped their present conflicts.
He has a regular slot on the ONE show on BBC1 and is also part of the BBC Events team presenting anniversary programmes commemorating the end of World War Two in 2005, Trafalgar, the Falklands War in 2007, and recently the ‘Dambuster Raid’.
He has written or contributed to several books including ‘Death or Victory;’ the story of the siege of Quebec in 1759, and ‘Confusion of Command’ in which he published his great grandfather’s war diaries.
Dan runs the History Hit podcast, Britain’s top history podcast and has recently started a new TV channel, Historyhit.tv