Mary Beard

Kenneth Clark in the cloisters of the Cathedral of Santa Croce in Florence

Civilisation doesn’t need a woman presenter – and it doesn’t need to be remade!

1 May 2014 15:40

I was pleased to see that June Sarpong had added her weight to Kathy Lette’s petition to get a woman to present the BBC’s remake of Civilisation. I’ve often wondered… Continue reading


Lord Heseltine is ‘Golden Oldie of the Year’

12 February 2013 16:56

To Simpson’s-in-the-Strand this afternoon for The Oldie of the Year Awards (the ‘Tootys’ for short), which were presented by Sir Terry Wogan. The guest list read like a Tatler bash… Continue reading

Mary Beard needs to realise that she is invited on Question Time because TV producers think she looks like a loony. Image: Getty

It’s still you, Professor Beard

4 February 2013 16:01

It’s time to panic. I read at the weekend that sophisticated hackers have burrowed their way into no less than 250,000 Twitter accounts. What shall we do? Henceforth, when we… Continue reading