Dan Snow hits back at Alan Partridge's swipe | TV historian's Twitter response © BBC

Dan Snow hits back at Alan Partridge's swipe

TV historian's Twitter response

comedyViewers of This Time with Alan Partridge last night might have noticed some parallels between the character of Sam Chatwin – the presenter played by Simon Farnaby – and real-life TV historian Dan Snow.

In the new BBC One show, Steve Coogan’s alter-ego pondered how Chatwin got the gig of hosting one of the BBC’s highest profile history slots, pointing out: ‘Little-known fact: your father was head of factual programming until recently, wasn’t he?’

Viewers might have thought that was a thinly-veiled snipe at Dan Snow,  son of BBC presenter Peter Snow, and a man who has a regular slot on This Time’s inspiration, The One Show.

But Dan was quick to respond on Twitter this morning: 

‘Some mean people have said I’m not the real deal, I don’t know anything about history and I’m only where I am because of my dad.’

But the rebuttal, posted with the hashtags #nepotism and #thistime, wasn’t quite all it seemed… 

Published: 5 Mar 2019

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