Born in London in 1977, Francesca graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in History.

She began her career as the presenter and writer of numerous British TV shows including ‘Ania, Fran and a Kettle of Fish’ (Channel 5, 2001), ‘Show Me The Funny’ (Channel 4, 2002), ‘Bring It On’ (BBC1, 2003-4) and ‘Heroes of History’ (Channel 5, 2005-6).

Francesca is now a writer and historian. She has written five books, including a history of the pineapple and a history of Lonely Hearts ads. She is currently writing a book about the history of advertising for love in America.

She also recently wrote and presented an independent pilot called “Fran’s Book Shop”.

Francesca spent a decade in Los Angeles but now lives in Bath in Somerset. She is married to film director James Bobin and has three children.

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