Television documentaries

Timewatch, BBC2

Renaissance Secrets series II, BBC2-OU partnership

  1. Venice: Second-Hand City, 29th October 2001 (John Guy video clip 1 | John Guy video clip 2)
  2. The Italian Patient, 5th November 2001
  3. Conspiring Against the Queen, 12th November 2001
  4. What did Gutenberg invent?, 19th November 2001

Royal Deaths and Diseases, Channel 4

  1. Decadence, 17th January 2003
  2. Tainted Blood, 24th January 2003
  3. Royal Children, 31st January 2003

Meet the Ancestors, BBC2

Time Team, Channel 4

Seven Ages of Britain, BBC1

Educating Margaret, BBC4

The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England, BBC2

BBC Productions, first shown , 6th June 2013

The Spy who brought down Mary, Queen of Scots, Channel 5

Quickfire Media, first shown, 29th May 2014

The Last Days of Mary, Queen of Scots, Channel 5

Oxford Film and Television, first shown, 9th April 2015

Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary, BBC 2

Pioneer Productions, first shown, 1st Feb 2016


Radio contributions include In Our Time (Radio 4), Start the Week (Radio 4), Front Row (Radio 4), Night Waves (Radio 3), What if? (Radio 4), Great Lives (Radio 4), Woman’s Hour (Radio 4), Free Thinking (Radio 3)


John Guy discusses Mary Queen of Scots on ‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg, David Forsyth and Anna Groundwater. You can find the programme on iPlayer here:

John Guy discusses William Cecil on ‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg, Susan Doran and Diarmaid MacCulloch. You can find the programme on iPlayer here:

John Guy discusses Thomas Gresham, the power of central banks and the trouble with private debt on ‘Start the Week’ with Andrew Marr, Sir Paul Tucker, Miatta Fahnbulleh and Alice Tapper. You can find the programme on iPlayer here:

Listen to John Guy’s 2019 Special Lecture for the 500th anniversary of Thomas Gresham’s birth here:

John Guy discusses Holbein and the Court of Henry VIII on 'In Our Time' with Melvyn Bragg, Susan Foister and Maria Hayward. You can find the programme on iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gw3jj

John Guy discusses Thomas More and Utopianism in Politics on 'Free Thinking' with Anne McElvoy, Justin Champion, Gisela Stuart MP and Kwasi Kwarteng MP. You can find the programme on iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07054cy

John Guy