TV & Radio

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

On TV, I presented Victorian Bakers on BBC2 in 2016 and had a regular slot on James Martin: Home Comforts (2014-2016). I pop up as an expert talking about food history fairly frequently, and I’ve been on screen with Lucy Worsley, Nigel Slater, Paul Hollywood, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner, among others.

Behind the scenes I advise on food and the social history around it, including for Victorian Bakers (shortlisted for a Grierson Award), its Christmas special and the forthcoming Back to Work: Confectioners.

For media enquiries, please contact me directly.

The Kitchen Cabinet
[BBC Radio 4, 2012 - Present]

The Kitchen Cabinet

Resident food historian and maker of tempting dishes.

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The Sweetmakers
[BBC2, July 2017]

Living history series following 4 professional confectioners as they cook through history.

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Victorian Bakers at Christmas
[BBC Two, Dec 2016]

Following up on the extremely popular BBC series, the lucky bakers experience a number of Victorian Christmasses. Presenter and advisor (and avid mince pie eater).

Victorian Bakers
[BBC Two, Nov 2015]

Presenter for a 3 part living history documentary.

James Martin: Home Comforts
Series 1-3 [BBC1, 2014 - 2016]

Regular historic food slots within the main programme, talking about and cooking dishes as diverse as Victorian kedgeree and extraordinary 1930s aspirational salads.

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Royal Recipes
[BBC1, January 2017]

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

I have also contributed to:

  • James Martin: Home Comforts at Christmas [BBC1, 2015] 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 [BBC2, 2010-2013; BBC1, 2014] 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, 2014]
    On the origins of afternoon tea, and on wartime cakes as emblems of hope.
  • BBC Good Food [BBC1, 2013]
    Christmas special, with Lucy Worsley on Christmas dinner past.
  • Heston's Great British Food [Channel 4, 2014]
    Contributor to 3 episodes, on tea, curry and chocolate.
  • New Hidden Killers: the Victorian home [BBC4, 2013]
  • The One Show [BBC1, most recently in 2014]
  • The Hairy Bikers Best of British [BBC2, 2013]
  • Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds [BBC1, 2013]
  • Addicted to Pleasure [BBC2, 2013]
  • The Restoration Man [Channel 4, 2012]
  • The Alan Titchmarsh Show [ITV1, 2012]
  • The Today Programme [BBC Radio 4]
  • You & Yours [BBC Radio 4]

Media Consultancy

  • Victorian Bakers & Victorian Bakers at Xmas [BBC Two, Nov 2015]
    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 [2012, 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 [2013, Red House TV for Channel 4]
  • The Great War: The People's Story [2014, ITV]

Podcasts

  • Historic Royal Palaces lecture:
    1. Christmas dinner: from Edward I to Edward VII.
    2. Dining with the Georgians
    All available via iTunesU. Search 'Annie Gray'