Radio, TV, Podcasts
'I'm An Alcoholic: Inside Recovery', BBC2, 7th December 2022.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the longest-running addiction programme in the world and has been operating in the UK for 75 years. At a time when problem drinking is on the rise, this film has access to an AA meeting in central England for the first time ever.
Rooted in the evangelical Christianity of 1930s America, many of the cornerstones of the programme's structure have changed little. How does this organisation work in our modern society? How do members with no faith at all interpret the programme now, and why does it still work for so many?
'With unprecedented access to Alcoholics Anonymous this film involves complex editorial policy, duty of care and compliance issues alongside the creative challenge of working with emerging technology to anonymise contributors.'
Louise was a Non-Alcoholic Trustee of AA GB, 2005-2010
'Stephen Fry's Secrets of the Roaring Twenties', an audible ORIGINAL. Contribution to episode 3, 'Britain Off It's Head'.Listen Now
Bloomberg News Podcast. When it comes to dieting, what’s old is new again. This episode of 'Prognosis: Losing It' takes a trip back in time through diet history — and explores why we keep falling for these absurd-sounding regimens decade after decade.
12th July 2022
The Colin McEnroe Show, 'Why is our culture so interested in dieting?'. Broadcast on Connecticut Public [PBS, NPR], 16th February 2022Listen Now
The Food Chain, 'The constipation taboo'. Broadcast on the BBC World Service, 10th February 2022Listen Now
The Food Chain, 'Is it time to kill the calorie?'. Broadcast on the BBC World Service, 29th July 2021Listen Now
'Deeply Human', a BBC World Service/American Public Media co-production exploring human behaviour. Written and presented by Dessa www.dessawander.com
First broadcast 24th April, 2021
'Plot 5779: Unearthing Elizabeth Siddall', BBC Radio 3. Actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth Siddall who, on the 150th anniversary of her exhumation, climbs out of her grave to present her own story, debunking the myths surrounding her life. Broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday 13th October 2019.Listen Now
'The Gut Instinct', BBC R4. Tim Hayward goes back to the middle ages to track our changing relationship with the gut. Broadcast at 1.45pm, Monday 24th to Friday 28th December 2018. Contributions to episodes 1 and 4.Listen Now
'Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets', an audible ORIGINAL. Contribution to episode 12, 'Secret Sherlock'.Listen Now
Adam Buxton's 'You're Doing It Wrong' on BBC Radio 4. Adam takes a sideways look at some of our confusing modern ideas. This episode, 'Diet', was broadcast on 14th March 2018 & 27th November 2019Listen Now
Podcast for Gastropod and The Atlantic. The Ancient Origins of Dieting:
Weight-loss fads existed centuries before Oprah and Kim Kardashian. Published 30 January 2018
'Kirsty Wark: The Menopause and Me'. Louise takes part in Kirsty's documentary broadcast on BBC1 on 20th April 2017Watch Now
Interview with AJ Jacobs for new Gimlet Media show 'Twice Removed'. It focuses on food writer and broadcaster Ted Allen's [Chopped, Queer Eye, etc.] family connection to Lord Byron. Broadcast on 23rd December 2016 [37mins in]Listen Now
Interview on America's Test Kitchen Radio with Christopher Kimball, on the history of diets and dieting. Broadcast on 27th August 2016 [17.35 mins in].Listen Now
Interview on BBC R5 live Daily with Adrian Chiles on dieting. Broadcast on 5th January 2016 [02.26 mins in].Listen Now
Interview on BBC R4 Saturday PM, 'New Year, New Diet? Have we heard it all before?'
Broadcast on 2nd January 2016
Interview on RTE Radio One, the Ray D'Arcy Show, on the contested burial of WB Yeats in Drumcliffe - new documentation has surfaced in France [42.08 minutes in].
Broadcast on 27th July 2015
Interview on BBC Radio Cambridge, The Jeremy Sallis Show, about Gayer-Anderson [c32 mins in].
Broadcast on 9th June 2015
A Bookmark interview for Radio Cambridge 105 with Leigh Chambers on The Irish Pasha [c17.20 mins in].
Broadcast on 16th April 2015
BBC iWonder - How we fought fat through history: A timeline of dieting.
Dieting is not a recent phenomenon - we have been doing it since ancient times. This timeline will take you through the history of people’s often strange and sometimes irrational ideas of what and how to eat to achieve the weight they want.
BBC online 9th January 2015.
'The Long View' BBC Radio 4. Jonathan Freedland, Louise, Professor Jack Winkler and John Sessions compare current debates about obesity, and how we treat it, with concerns and possible solutions which arose in the 1930s.
Broadcast on 30th December 2014, 9am and 9.30pm.
Louise discusses the history of diets on the ITV1 current affairs programme, 'Tonight'.
Broadcast on Thursday 30th January 2014, 7.30pm.
BBC Radio 4 'Archive on 4' episode, 'Scrambled'. Louise joined Allegra McEvedy, brilliant chef and broadcaster, to discuss "The Egg: Hailed as a wonder food; condemned as dangerous; it's fattening; it's slimming; it's ethical; it's unethical. It's been a luxury and dirt cheap. Times change, the egg doesn't…".
Broadcast on 17th August 2013.
Interview with Sir David Frost for AlJazeera English - 'Frost Over the World' [c18.04 mins in].
Broadcast on Friday 6th April 2012.
BBC's 'Meet The Author': Nick Higham speaks to Louise about her book Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years.
Broadcast on 5th January 2012.
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Woman's Hour BBC R4: Louise joins Jenni Murray to discuss dieting trends throughout history.Listen Now
ABC Radio, Australia, 'The Body Sphere'. An interview with Amanda Smith on the history of dieting (the first feature interview on this new programme).
Broadcast on 29th January 2012.
'WB Yeats: No Country For Old Men', a Maurice Sweeney documentary for RTE1.
Louise contributed to this film in Roquebrune and Monte Carlo, visiting the cemetery where the poet was buried next to her great uncle in 1939. The identity of the body that now lies in Drumcliffe is contested.
Broadcast on November 2012.
Louise speaking on medicine and menopause with George Miller for Podularity: Authors on books, writing, politics and more.Listen Now
Woman's Hour BBC R4: Louise joins Jane Garvey to put the drama 'Feminine Forever' in its historical context.Listen Now
Woman's Hour BBC R4: Louise was a writer-in-residence at the Hosking House trust and joins Sarah Hosking and Jenni Murray to talk about the writer's retreat for women over forty.Listen Now
'The Medicalisation of Normality', BBC R4.
Health journalist John Naish asks if we are turning normal human behaviour and normal stages in human development into medical conditions.
'Tales from the Serpentine' - Open Country, BBC R4Listen Now