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Everything you need to know about A House Through Time presenter David Olusoga

The BBC star has an impressive CV

Aisha Nozari

A House Through Time returned to BBC Two in May for its third season, and once again is fronted by historian extraordinaire David Olusoga. David will explore the history of the inhabitants of a Bristol house that was built on slave trade fortunes, and so far the new series has been exceptional. But how much do you know about host David?

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Who is David Olusoga?

David Olusoga is a historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker. David is also a professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, and has fronted many programmes for the BBC, as well as often writing for prestigious publications such as The Guardian.

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Born in Lagos, David migrated to Britain when he was five, and grew up in Gateshead. His move into television came when David realised that black people were not represented in the media landscape, so following his graduation from university the 50-year-old became a producer.

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Nowadays, David lives with his partner and their daughter in Bristol. 

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When did David Olusoga first start presenting? 

David's first presenting gig came in 2014, when he fronted The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, which spotlighted the African and Asian Troops who fought in WWI. Soon after came appearances on The One Show, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What books has David Olusoga written?

David's first big hit, Black and British: A Forgotten History, hit shelves in 2016. He has also authored The World’s War, winner of the First World War Book of the year in 2015, and The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, which David co-authored with Casper Erichsen in 2011. Of course, his best-known book is Civilisations, which was published in 2018.

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David Olusoga and A House Through Time

David has been fronting the compelling programme since its first season, and has been praised for his incredible ability to explore social history. David recently went into detail about the new series of the show in the Daily Mail, writing: "For the new series of A House Through Time, we look at an 18th-century sea captain’s house in Bristol and uncover stories of piracy, slavery and doomed romance. We also talk about World War II, which makes you think about the demands made on people in wartime."

What has David Olusoga said about his lockdown experience?

In his May Daily Mail piece, David also touched on how lockdown has affected him, calling it "oppressive". "Lockdown has been oppressive," he began. "But we’re not being asked to work in a munitions factory or endure rationing."

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