Snow falls into line with dad

Richard Kay

Last updated at 00:00 06 April 2004

STAND by for another great TV dynasty.

After the Grades and the Dimblebys, here come the Snows.

Dan (left) is joining his father Peter, 65 - the BBC's man with the Swingometer on General Election night - for a series called Battlefield Britain this summer.

So is this a case of nepotism?

Of course not - 25-year-old Dan has all the attributes seemingly needed these days by the new breed of TV historians: he's good-looking and rather fit (he rowed in the University Boat Race for three years running).

A BBC spokesman tells me: 'He certainly did not get the job because of nepotism. He was originally on board as the researcher but then screen-tested, along with others, because the producers wanted a co-presenter of a similar age to the soldiers who fought on the front line.' Dan - who got a first in history at Balliol, Oxford (his father's old college) - will give the perspective of the troopers, while his father demonstrates what the generals were trying to do.

Don't be surprised if we see a remarkable swing of female viewers towards the BBC2 series . . .

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