About

Our Presenters

We enjoy working with a diverse range of talent, from academics and composers to actors and established broadcasters.
Amanda Vickery

Professor Amanda Vickery is a prize-winning author, and Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. She judged the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2011, and for Loftus has presented  A History of Private Life, Voices from the Old Bailey and Amanda Vickery on Men.

Giles Fraser

Giles first worked with Loftus on The Root of All Evil, when he was Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. Since resigning from St Paul’s, Giles travelled to the Holy Land to explore the origins of Christmas in Constantine: The Man Who Invented Christmas, which was broadcast on Radio 4 on Christmas Day.

Sir Mark Tully

Author, journalist and former BBC correspondent, Mark is the principal presenter of Something Understood. With Loftus, he has chosen to explore subjects as varied as trains, cricket and Westminster Abbey. His vision and integrity have won him a BAFTA and the Padma Shri Award from the President of India.

Eddie Mair

A Multiple Sony Award winner, Eddie Mair presents PM on Radio 4, and regularly chairs Any Questions?  With Loftus Eddie has told the story of Lionel Bart, investigated the history of the army’s attitude to gay people, celebrated the power of Country music and delved into the mysterious past of BBC SOS messages.

Stewart Henderson

Liverpool-born poet and broadcaster, Stewart has regularly appeared on Radio 4 since 1970, when he performed a poem about love on the Today programme. His children’s poetry collections are described by The Sunday Times as ‘essential reading’. For Loftus his features range from High Society to Eddie Goes Country.

Geoff Ward

Geoff is a Professor of English at Royal Holloway, a Fellow of the Leverhulme Trust, international lecturer, author of numerous academic texts and articles, and published poet. His programmes for BBC Radio 3 include Weird Tales: The Strange Life of HP Lovecraft and Endnotes, both made at Loftus.

Julie Fernandez

Julie is an actress, presenter, journalist and tireless campaigner. She has brittle bone disease and at birth was given two years to live – thirty-seven years on she has achieved huge success as an actor, writer and presenter and spokeswoman. For Loftus, she presented the award-winning Caring Too Much.

David Owen Norris

David is a concert pianist, composer, broadcaster and music scholar. Professor at the University of Southampton and of Fortepiano at the Royal College of Music, his radio series have included But I Know What I Like and In Tune. David sources and arranges music for Loftus as well as presenting The Playlist Series.

Imogen Stubbs

Actress and playwright Imogen Stubbs has worked with Loftus on two explorations of the education system, inspired by her teenage children. How to Get An A* on BBC Radio 4 (in which Sir Trevor Nunn answered an A-Level question on Hamlet; and scraped a B) and  How to Write a Personal Statement.

Fi Glover

Fi Glover has presented many radio programmes on Five Live, Radio 2 and Radio 4 over two decades. She has a Sony Gold for Saturday Live on Radio 4, and a Silver for Broadcasting House on Radio 4. She writes for Waitrose magazine, is the author of Travels With My Radio and chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009.

Liz Barclay

Liz Barclay has been a Broadcast Journalist and Producer for over 20 years, presenting Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ for 10 years. She writes for national newspapers, magazines and websites, is the author of five books and is involved with several consumer, personal finance and small business organisations.

Lucy Powell

Lucy is studying for her PhD in 18th century novels and the early prison at UCL. She is one of ten ‘New Generation Thinkers’ – young academics with broadcasting flair, chosen in a collaboration between the AHRC and the BBC. She has made programmes for Radio 3 and has worked for many years as a theatre critic and features writer.