I'm back on your radio with a programme combining brain science, psychology & politics - 3 of my favourite things - in Personality Politics. And Human Zoo is back for a fourth series in June & July.

My 4 star solo show on brain science & gender, Brainsex, is on tour in autumn 2014 (get in touch if you want to book it). And I'm still hosting & chairing events - next stop, Cheltenham Science Festival.


Freethinking, subversive, pro-enlightenment and anti-establishment, irresponsible hedonist or deep humanist, … Well, look, if I could summarise myself in 50 words I wouldn’t need such a big website, would I? Take a stroll down the professional menu to the left, or amble through my interests below.


Writing, performing and presenting cover most of what I do. As well as (more or less) serious journalism, I write comedy scripts and perform live comedy. I also turn up on Radio 4 now and then, and at live events.

I perform science-themed comedy - currently in solo show BrainSex (unless you count my co-star Socrates the rat) - & previously with double-act the Comedy Research Project, and with Matt Parker. Also some solo comedy, compèring and things like panel games.

All of which is great practice for hosting serious events - debates on science and politics, speeches, competitions and launches. And of course I’m always happy to share my own opinions with an audience, live or broadcast.

Principal Interests

Enjoying convivial gatherings, embracing risks, and generally kicking back against the New Puritans; stretching my mind with mathematics, philosophy and grown-up debate; Twentieth Century Opera and Twenty-First Century engineering; follow the orange links below to specific interests.

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