Events* Great Lives: John Sergeant
19 Apr 2018 to 19 Apr 2018

Great Lives: John Sergeant

“Give Me Ten Seconds.”

5:30pm for 6:00pm lecture
Isaac Newton Lecture Theatre, Isaac Newton Building, Brayford Campus
Public Lecture

Award-winning journalist and Honorary Graduate of the University, John Sergeant returns to Lincoln to talk about his career highlights and offers an insight into his role at the forefront of broadcasting the latest political news as well as his more recent career highlights since becoming a freelance Journalist.

Throughout his 30 year career Sergeant has often been part of the news he has been reporting. Famously interrupted mid-broadcast by Margaret Thatcher as she emerged from the Paris Embassy, grabbing his microphone mid-broadcast to declare her participation in the Conservative leadership ballot. This incident was just one of many in the course of a 30 year career at the BBC, where John became Chief Political Correspondent. As a war reporter, he covered all the major trouble spots, including Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Rhodesia and the Middle East. After leaving the BBC, and a spell as ITN’s Political Editor, John turned to writing. His memoirs, Give Me Ten Seconds, led to a nationwide tour of a hilarious one-man show. His witty analysis of Thatcher’s life and career, Maggie: Her Fatal Legacy, became a best seller.

Now a freelance journalist and broadcaster, John reports for BBC1’s The One Show, has hosted Have I Got News For You?, and is a regular on many Radio 4 panel shows. John bravely defied his years when he became a hugely popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, with unexpected success. Sergeant is well know for his unique wit and keeps his audience enthralled, whether his subject is contemporary politics or his experiences in combat zones or his experiences of popular BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The Great Lives Lecture Series

The Great Lives series gives an insight into the achievements of leading influential figures and recognisable faces from backgrounds such as the arts, business and economics, politics, health and science as well as bringing more local leading Lecturers and Visiting Professors to the fore.

Designed for prospective students, our own staff and students and members of the public alike, the aim is to inspire and encourage thoughtful conversation about careers, industries and disciplines alongside showcasing some of the diverse research and activities that take place within the University.

This lecture is free to attend but prior booking is essential. If you have any queries regarding this event please contact the Events Team on or by calling 01522 837100.


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