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BBC news presenter John Humphrys,  adventurer Levison Wood and broadcaster Dermot O’Leary confirmed

BBC news presenter John Humphrys, adventurer Levison Wood and bro

Former BBC news presenter John Humphrys is among a set of major new speakers added to the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival programme. They also include adventurer Levison Wood, broadcaster Dermot O’Leary, and screen actress Greta Scacchi. 

Humphrys will talk about his 30 years as one of the leading voices on BBC news and about his views on the state and the fate of the broadcasting corporation.

O’Leary and illustrator Nick East talk about their children’s book series featuring Toto the Ninja Cat. Scacchi, best known for roles in films such as White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, The Player, Emma and Looking for Albrandi, talks about her life and career.

Wood returns to the festival to talk about his latest book and television series that sees him following elephants on foot across Africa during their annual migration.

Irish novelist Edna O’Brien headlines a series of speakers interviewed in a BBC World Service broadcast from the festival.

Social historian and television presenter Ruth Goodman explains how the coal-fired range changed our world.

A special chocolate tasting features Chocolat author Joanne Harris and chocolatier David Greenwood-Haigh.

Speakers previously announced include BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham; Wild Swans author Jung Chang; novelists Sebastian Barry, Donna Leon, Alexander McCall Smith, Penelope Lively, Maggie O’Farrell and Pat Barker; philosopher A C Grayling;  former President of the UK Supreme Court Brenda Hale and constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor; former chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks; actor Trevor Eve; cricket commentator Henry Blofeld; Labour MP David Lammy; cookery writer Prue Leith; scientists Jim Al-Khallili and Steve Jones; religious commentator Karen Armstrong; and historians Lucy Worsley, Michael Wood, Tom Holland and
James Barr.

FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd