Hi, I’m Tony McMahon.
Historian, author, and former journalist. My background as a print, TV and online reporter and producer means I approach history from an investigative angle. Looking into the past to uncover the truth about mysteries that are seemingly unsolvable. My job is to distinguish fact from fiction, history from mystery.
Whether I’m being filmed on location or in the studio, on my own or with fellow contributors and experts – my role as a former journalist as well as historian and author is to bring my investigative skills to the past. Examining with forensic precision those mysteries that have enthralled us for centuries, even millennia. No stone is left unturned as I ask the uncomfortable questions in my quest for the truth.
In my career, I have been a BBC news producer, award short-listed author, print journalist, historian, on-screen TV expert, documentaries producer, and communications consultant to government clients on terrorism and other social harms. Quite a portfolio!
I regularly pop up on history and science documentaries broadcast on Discovery, History, Smithsonian, UKTV and other channels like ITV and Travel. Over the last five years, I’ve covered a vast number of topics from the Knights Templar to the real James Bond and filmed on location seeking the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant.
My showreel is a great overview of my work in the studio and with camera crews around the world.
I’m managed by the Past Preservers agency and you can book me to bring life to your TV programmes by asking for me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are images of me accompanying former Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show presenter Rob Riggle on his comical historical quest across Scotland and dressing up as Henry VIII for ITV’s primetime show The Big Audition.
On social media, I regularly update my fanbase on latest developments. That includes a YouTube channel where I keep history fans engaged with a suite of vlogs including Templar Knight TV.