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Matthew Sweet (born 2 December 1969) is an English writer, journalist, and BBC broadcaster.

Born in Hull, Sweet received 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[1] and was both film and television critic for The Independent on Sunday.

Sweet's 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.[2] A television documentary series was adapted from the book.

Sweet has written other television films and series, including Silent Britain, Checking into History, British Film Forever, The Rules of Film Noir, Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies, and A Brief History of Fun, as well as several Doctor Who audio plays and short stories. He presented a BBC Radio 4 programme The Philosopher's Arms, a show recorded in front of a live audience in which classic philosophical concerns were explored.[3] He is the host of the BBC Radio 3 programme Sound of Cinema about film scores and their composers[4] and a regular presenter of Night Waves on the same network.



  • Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Each Other, (2018) Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-14472-9476-4,
  • 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

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