Academic and presenter Bettany Hughes is to claim that history on television is enjoying a “new golden age” at a lecture next month.

Hughes, who recently fronted BBC documentary The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World, will deliver the RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture at the University of Cambridge on 14 September.

The lecture, titled TV: Modern Father of History, will explore why programme makers should look back for inspiration and why audiences are considering the past to help navigate the modern world.

It will take place at the University of Cambridge on 14 September and will be recorded for broadcast on BBC2.

It forms part of the RTS Cambridge Convention, which runs from 14-16 September.