Making Art History TV

March 5, 2021
By James Fox


In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks with Dr James Fox (University of Cambridge), an art historian who has reached a wide public audience with his popular art history TV programmes for the BBC. James recalls how he started by putting his art history knowledge to work as a TV researcher, before taking his place in front of the camera and creating programmes on a wide range of subjects. He discusses the processes of pitching, writing & researching, shooting, and editing material for TV, and reflects on the choices and compromises involved in putting research on TV.