Dominic Sandbrook is a historian, broadcaster and columnist. He is best known for his best-selling series of books on life in post-war Britain- Never Had It So Good, White Heat, State of Emergency and Seasons in the Sun and The Great British Dream Factory - He has also written two books on recent American history, Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell. Dominic’s new book Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982 will be published in September 2019 by Penguin.
His four-part series The 70s, which he wrote and presented, aired on BBC Two in 2012 to great acclaim. In 2016, Dominic presented a follow up series also on BBC Two, The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook. Dominic has presented a number of other series including a four-part series, Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction, a three-part series, Strange Days; Cold War Britain and a four-part series, Let Us Entertain You, in which he explored the extraordinary success of British popular culture over the last century all on BBC Two. In 2013 he presented a documentary about the German car industry's sucsesses, Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us for the channel.
He has also appeared on numerous historical documentaries on BBC Four and Channel 4, including programmes on the history of airports, advertising, the Beatles, caravans, coronations, the countryside, Doctor Who, Edward Heath, elections, environmentalism, families, fathers, Panorama, the Queen, railway films, rudeness, sitcoms, television, Thunderbirds, and so on. He has also been a guest of Sue Perkins and Giles Coren (Supersizers ...), once at a holiday camp in the 1950s, and once at a 1970s dinner party.
On radio, his landmark 15-part series on the history of the Post Office, made for Radio 4 by Somethin' Else, was broadcast in the winter of 2011. For Radio 4, he has also written and presented an edition of the Archive Hour on our obsession with anniversaries, a series on the travails of British governance since 1945 (Slapdash Britain) and a programme on 50 years of Prime Minister's Questions (Mind Your PMQs) and is recording two further Radio 4 programmes for 2014.
He has appeared on Front Row, Night Waves and BBC Two's Newsnight Review, and is a regular panellist on Radio 4's Saturday Review.
Dominic was the historical consultant to the BBC Two series The British Family and The British at Work, and the Radio 4 series 1968: Day by Day. He was also the consultant for BBC Two's major drama series White Heat, written by Paula Milne, which used his book of the same name for historical background.
He is a regular columnist for the Daily Mailand a book reviewer for the Sunday Times. He has written a column in BBC History for the last five years and was previously a columnist for the Evening Standardand New Statesman. Marking their 25th anniversary in 2007, Waterstones picked him as one of their 25 Authors for the Future.
Dominic was born in Shropshire and educated at Malvern College before studying at Balliol College, Oxford, the University of St Andrews and Jesus College, Cambridge. He was formerly a history lecturer at Sheffield and senior fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Universityof Oxford, but is now a full-time writer, broadcaster and Wolverhampton Wanderers fan.
Dominic's Website: www.dominicsandbrook.com