TV & Radio

— On BBC R4’s Woman’s Hour talking about forgotten heroines of the Russian Revolution (Dec 2017): Alexandra Kollontai. Lilya Brik. Nadezhda Krupskaya.

Viv on This Week presenting the News Roundup for BBC1’s This Week (Nov 2017). 

Viv’s series on Russian humour: It’s Just a Joke, Comrade for BBC Radio 4 (Oct 2017).

— On Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 talking about Anchorwoman (August 2017).

— See Viv talking to Andrew Neil about news overload and her 2017 show Anchorwoman in this clip from BBC1’s This Week here

— Talking to Mariella Frostrup about parenting, digital engagement and critical thinking on Bringing Up Britain for BBC Radio 4. Here

— Fortnightly podcast Dear Viv: Waving Not Drowning at iTunes for The Pool here

Every other month: We Are Women for Mint Velvet (shortlisted for Podcast of the Year at the 2017 Audio Production Awards).

For the Guardian TV reviews (Downton, War and Peace, Indian Summers and more), click here.

Television: Newspaper reviewer and pundit for Sky News. Guest on BBC2’s Newsnight and Artsnight. Regular on BBC 1 Breakfast as a TV and arts reviewer. Specialist subjects: comedy, film, books, costume drama (Downton Abbey, War and Peace, Poldark), reality TV (especially Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor), family life, feminism.

Radio: Frequent guest on BBC Radio 4 (Front RowWoman’s Hour, Today, Saturday Review, The World Tonight) and BBC Radio 5 Live. First audio review of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for BBC World Service’s 40 million listeners on The Strand (listen here from 00mins30). Other radio appearances include LBC, BBC Radio 2. Panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions and Quote, Unquote.

Live events: Host/panellist at Soho Theatre, The Frontline Club, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Books For Breakfast at Soho House, Lutyens & Rubinstein, Mumsnet Academy, Waterstone’s, Foyle’s, as well as for author/reader events and at numerous literary festivals. 

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