Francine Stock

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Francine Stock is a British radio and television presenter and novelist, of part-French origin.

Early life[edit]

Born in Devon, and with early years in Edinburgh and Australia, Stock later attended St Catherine's School, Guildford, where she was head girl, and is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, with a degree in Modern Languages (French and Italian).

Career in journalism[edit]

After working in specialist journalism on the oil industry, Stock joined the BBC in 1983. At first she reported on financial news and worked as a radio producer, later moving into television as presenter of Newsnight and (briefly, after serious illness) on The Money Programme on BBC2. In the mid-1990s she presented BBC2's The Antiques Show with Tim Wonnacott and was one of the original presenters of BBC Radio 4's Front Row[1][2] in 1998.

She later moved to The Film Programme on radio, until it was cancelled in 2021.[3] She is also the regular host of the BAFTA Life in Pictures strand, and regularly writes about film for Prospect magazine. She also presents "The Cultural Front" on BBC Radio 4 which examines World War I and the Arts.[citation needed]

Other roles[edit]

Since 2005, she has been chair of the Tate Members Council and became the first female Honorary Fellow of Jesus College in 2007. As a novelist, Stock has published two works of fiction: A Foreign Country (1999, shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel award) and Man-Made Fibre (2002).

She is married to Robert Lance Hughes; the couple have two grown-up daughters.[citation needed]


  • A Foreign Country (1999)
  • Man-made Fibre (2002)
  • In Glorious Technicolor: a Century of Film and How it Has Shaped Us (2011)


  1. ^ "Francine Stock" Archived 2016-10-21 at the Wayback Machine The Booker Prize Foundation. Accessed 20 October 2016
  2. ^ "Francine Stock: Break in transmission" The Guardian. 8 March 1999. Accessed 20 October 2016
  3. ^ "The Film Programme hosts discuss show's cancellation" Radio Times. 30 September 2021. Accessed 17 December 2021

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