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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