I COULD SEE ME NOW

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live within 100 miles of Barnes, be­cause he thought he end up liv­ing some­where far away.

I still get to travel a lot, but less now that I have young chil­dren. If my child­hood self were to some­how see my par­ent­ing in ac­tion, he’d no­tice that I do it quite sim­i­larly to my own par­ents, who would take us to coun­try houses or on out­doorsy ex­hi­bi­tions ev­ery week­end.

My wife (Lady Ed­wina Grosvenor) and I do ex­actly the same now. She’d be a sur­prise to my younger self too – when I was at uni­ver­sity I never wanted to go out with any­one who was English, yet now I’m mar­ried to some­one who re­mem­bers the same episodes of Blue Pe­ter as me.

I’ve spent a lot of my ca­reer mak­ing TV pro­grammes, and I think the younger Dan would be happy to know that, but not all that im­pressed, be­cause he’d grown up watch­ing his mum and dad do it. Dad [Pe­ter Snow] was, and re­mains, a BBC pre­sen­ter, mum [Ann MacMil­lan] was of­ten on CBC [the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion] as a broad­cast jour­nal­ist, and my dad’s cousin, Jon, was on Chan­nel 4 News as he is to­day. It sounds silly, but work­ing in broad­cast­ing wouldn’t seem all that new to young Dan. I’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate it more as I’ve got older.

He’d en­joy the thought of some of the ad­ven­tures I’ve been able to go on dur­ing my adult life. One that comes to mind is the show we made for BBC Two about trav­el­ling down the Colorado river ex­actly the way John Wes­ley Pow­ell did in 1869, with the same kind of boats and through rapids and the Grand Canyon. There are a few oth­ers, some of them more dan­ger­ous, such as driv­ing through the Congo to make a pro­gramme about the lo­cal his­tory, but some of them a bit safer but still ex­cit­ing, such as help­ing to suc­cess­fully re­store a Spit­fire gun that had been sub­merged in a peat bog since the Se­cond World War, and get­ting to spend time in all kinds of in­ter­est­ing trains and air­craft.

That kind of thing is ev­ery child’s dream, and my younger self would en­joy it as much as I still do.

In­ter­view by Tom Ough

On This Day in His­tory, by Dan Snow (John Mur­ray £14.99) is now avail­able at books.tele­graph.co.uk

SNOW BUSI­NESS Broad­caster Dan Snow; with his fa­ther Pe­ter, far left; with his wife Lady Ed­wina Grosvenor at the Duke of Sus­sex’s wed­ding, in­set

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