Over the last decade, Jules has established himself as an engaging and versatile writer and broadcaster. His interests in country life, archaeology, architecture and both social and military history have combined with his natural warmth and good humour to deliver a wide ranging and memorable raft of series.
As the leading face of the BBC's rural property flagship Escape to the Country he's known to millions, an audience he also developed in Britain's Heritage Heroes and Britain's Empty Homes. Yet his passion for the past has also brought an enthusiastic and accessible approach to military history, notably Dig 1940, Dive World War 2, and How we won the War, all for the BBC. His most recent foray, Defenders of the Sky for the History Channel H2, saw Jules explore Britain's aviation history, revealing the stories behind ten of the country's most famous and important airfields.
A keen countryman and craftsman, Jules spends his spare time renovating his period home and garden in Herefordshire and rescuing old furniture, ably assisted by his partner Tania, their new baby boy Jack, and Labradors Teddy and Iolo.
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ARTICLES AND NEWS
Jules' regular columns and news from the home front
For Jules there’s no such thing as ‘the last mow of the season’ – autumn’s his busiest time in the garden. That way he can enjoy the fruits of his labours come spring
While Jules is heartened to see the once endangered red kite is again flying high in Wales, he’s shocked to discover another bird of prey is not faring as well
Escape to the Country takes Jules to Dorset, where he meets a couple who have resurrected a familar feature on our own Welsh Border hillsides, the shepherd’s hut
If, as the saying goes, money does make the world go round, we all have a rather special place in the SouthWales valleys to thank for it, says Jules
There’s so much that makes Wales great, but to ensure it stays that way we need to be as brave, bold and forward-thinking as our forebears, argues Jules
As the birds and the bees herald a welcome return to spring up and down the Borders, it’s a time for new arrivals in the Hudson household. Not all planned…
Just as night follows day, spring follows winter. But relying on such basic principles of life on Earth hasn’t always been our approach to the changing of the seasons
Giving up giving up used to be the mantra in the Hudson household. But there’s one resolution that many a country dweller ought to consider, Jules suggests
While Industrial Revolution Shropshire is top of Jules’ time-travel wish list, on a present-day visit to the county he’s thrilled to discover more history is being made
The world has a lot to thank farming for, says Jules, not least the cultivation of grain without which we wouldn’t have beer – the catalyst for many a great invention
For many the arrival of the Canada Geese is a sad reminder summer’s at an end. For Jules – and his beloved labrador Iolo – it signals the start of his favourite season
Whether it’s a quaint cottage or a rustic farmhouse, you’ll know what makes your ideal home. Jules ponders what ‘perfect’ means when it comes to property