Jules is perhaps best known as the leading face on the BBC’s hit property series, Escape to the Country, which he joined in 2007. His passion for the countryside has also been taken up by the BBC’s flagship rural affairs show Countryfile. His enthusiastic, adaptable and hands on approach allows him to cover a wide range of subjects from science and history to wildlife and current affairs. Jules’s interest in historic buildings and design underpins the BBC’s renovation series, Britain’s Empty Homes, whilst his lifelong passion for military history came to the fore in BBC1′s more hit Dig 1940. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of 1940, this three part series provided Jules with his first solo primetime break, and was a ratings winner.
Jules also teamed up with fellow Countryfile presenter John Craven as they embarked on an ambitious fifteen part series exploring the challenges facing our heritage, Britain’s Heritage Heroes, whilst listeners to Radio 4s Open Country can hear regular contributions from Jules as the latest member of this long running and popular countryside magazine show. Jules’s interest and expertise in military history also came to the fore in Celebrity Mastermind.
Since then, Jules has gone on to present How we on the War, a ten part series for BBC 2, Dive WW2; Battle of the Atlantic, Defenders of the sky and How we won the war.
In addition to presenting and broadcasting, Jules is also an engaging writer, with regular contributions to Countryfile Magazine, and most recently Homes and Gardens. Readers can also now read Jules monthly columns in Welsh Border Life, covering a range of topics from this leading title from a part of the world he’s long called home. Jules also has written a book ‘ Walled Gardens’, where he looks at walled gardens throughout England and Wales and explores their history, innovative design and cultural heritage.
Jules began his professional life as a Field Archaeologist, and has travelled and worked in some of the most demanding countries across the world. His TV career began in 1996, working in production. Over the years that followed he worked behind the camera on a wide range of programming from C4′s Time Team, to BBC2′s Horizon and numerous military history series alongside Professor Richard Holmes. Jules developed and presented the living history series Revival for ITV, which gained him an RTS nomination in 2005. The Peoples’ Museum, for BBC Daytime, gave him his first network break in 2006.
Jules’s experience and expertise across history, rural affairs and property, combined with his warm and engaging style have established him as a versatile and popular presenter. Having spent most of his life in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains in Mid-Wales, renovating his own ‘Escape to the Country’, he now lives in Herefordshire, once again passionately restoring a period gem. He loves to travel, to garden and to rescue old furniture.