Private Passions

Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes



Bettany Hughes talks to Michael Berkeley about the music that's shaped her family life, and the music she's come to love during her travels as a historian. Bettany has more than 50 radio and television documentaries to her name, many about ancient history and she's also a prolific writer, a Research Fellow at King's College London and has been honoured with numerous awards including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History and the Fem 21 International Journalism Award for her ‘exceptional contribution to the international coverage of the place of women in societies past and present'. She's the author of three bestselling books, the latest of which is Istanbul, a decade in the making and over 800 pages long, which brings to life 3000 years of action-packed history in that great city. She talks to Michael about the importance of visiting the places she writes about and the joy of discovering music such as shepherd's calls in Greece and gypsy music in Istanbul. Bettany's interest in women's history is reflected in music by a 9th century female Byzantine composer, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. And she tells a touching musical story which shaped the history of her own family.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Berkeley
Guest Bettany Hughes
Producer Jane Greenwood