Tony McMahon – the bearded historian – in demand!
There’s going to be a few TV appearances by my humble self over the next few months. November 2017 sees Private Lives of the Monarchs broadcasting on UKTV/Yesterday and I’m in every episode talking about monarchs as varied as Queen Victoria, George III and the Prince Regent, Louis XIV of Versailles fame, Charles II and Henry VIII plus his six wives. The presenter is author and historian Tracy Borman.
I’m also just finished filming for series five of Forbidden History – again in every episode. This time a broad range of subjects from the historical Jesus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the real James Bond, the East German Stasi, looted Nazi treasure and the existence of secret societies. That will broadcast again on UKTV/Yesterday, presented by Jamie Theakston.
This is my second outing with the Forbidden History team as I appeared in one episode of series four in 2017 talking about the Knights Templar – of course. We all got on so well that I’m back for more with the gang.
I’ve also been working with the History Channel on its new Templar related documentary series Buried. In August 2017, I filmed with the History Channel gang in Portugal investigating tunnels in the town of Tomar possibly dug by the Knights Templar. This series will accompany the History Channel’s no-expense-spared Templar drama Knightfall.
I’m a great believer in popularising history for TV and online viewers who are time poor and want to be entertained and informed simultaneously. My background is as a print journalist, TV producer (BBC and Sky News), published author and a communications consultant and film maker.
History is my passion. I’m not an academic but a knowledgeable and enthusiastic history buff. My main obsessions are the Knights Templar, Romans, early Christianity, Nazis, conspiracy theories, London history, American politics and so on. I’m also very interested in historical fiction from the works of Walter Scott to the novels of Ken Follett.
I’ve found that a luxuriant beard and having the bearing of a Victorian gentleman goes down well with TV audiences. You can always trust a man with good facial furniture and well cut suits.
Or so I like to think.
Here I am with Jamie Theakston talking Templar in 2017…