Matthew Sweet (writer)
Born in Hull, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University on the sensation fiction of the 19th century, Wilkie Collins in particular. He was among the contributors to the Oxford Companion to English Literature and was both film and television critic for the Independent on Sunday.
His book, Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema (2005) is a history of the British film business from the silent days, and includes interviews with surviving figures from the period.
He is also an author of TV films and series, including Shepperton Babylon (documentary, adapted from the book), Silent Britain, Checking into History, British Film Forever, The Rules of Film Noir and A Brief History of Fun, as well as several Doctor Who audio plays and short stories. He is also the presenter of a BBC Radio 4 programme, The Philosopher's Arms, a show recorded in front of a live audience, exploring classic philosophical issues.
- Inventing the Victorians (2001), debunking the stereotypes and myths about the Victorian Era, Faber and Faber ISBN 0-571-20658-1, St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-28326-1 (hardcover, 1st US edition)
- Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema (2005) Faber and Faber ISBN 0-571-21297-2
- The West End Front (2011), Faber and Faber, a history of London’s grand hotels during the Second World War
- Doctor Who: Year of the Pig
- Doctor Who: The Magic Mousetrap
- Bernice Summerfield: The Diet of Worms
- Jago and Litefoot: The Man at the End of the Garden
- Jago and Litefoot: The Lonely Clock
- "The Lampblack Wars" - Short Trips: The History of Christmas
- "The Earwig Archipelago" - Short Trips: Time Signature
- "Oxford Companion to English Literature", bibliographic description
- Michael Bracewell "Ah, Shepperton ..." The Guardian, 2 April 2005
- The Philosopher's Arms programme page at the BBC Radio 4 website