Snow says: 'Alex Salmond has made nationalism sound progressive. but it's not It's an absolute curse'

Dan Snow: The TV historian on Scottish nationalism and why getting drunk must be planned with military precision

There's an extraordinary appetite for anniversaries The 70th anniversary of D-Day has had enormous interest and record audience interactions. I do a lot of history in the off years – when there's no Battle of Waterloo anniversary – and there's less interest. What is it about anniversaries that sharpens the mind? Perhaps it's how we mark our own [passing of the] years.

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The MP for Walthamstow is tipped for a bright future on the Labour front benches, maybe even as leader...provided that she can take her eye off her phone for long enough

How does Tom Wilkinson - star of The Patriot, Valkyrie and Belle - maintain a low profile?

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Melvin Bragg, a profilic novelist and broadcaster, best known for his work on ‘The South Bank Show’

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At 74, one of Britain’s great polymaths is still broadcasting prolifically, and still helping to set the news agenda

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Rod Liddle gives his critics plenty of reasons to dislike him - but why does he seem to loathe himself so much?

His eventful journey from working-class Middlesbrough to star editor of the Today programme to hatchet-man columnist for the right-wing media – garnished with a colourful private life and accusations of racism – guaranteed that his semi-autobiographical new book would cause a fuss
Dame Vivienne Westwood has been raging pretty much all of her life

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Ben Saunders has trekked to both North and South Poles - but what does he do on his summer holiday?

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I have a strange relationship with technology I live a pretty analogue life. Ten years ago I felt like I was cutting-edge because I checked my emails, but now technology has completely overtaken me.

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