Tom has written and presented many series and one-off documentaries for television and radio, including four seasons of Netflix/BBC2’s primetime series The Great Interior Design Challenge, BBC Radio 4’s The Design Dimension, Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Buildings, in which he looked at the effects of architecture and spaces on our brains and bodies, and BBC2’s seven-part series Saving Britain’s Past, in which Tom examined the UK’s obsession with heritage. He also wrote and presented many short and full-length documentaries on architecture, cities and design for BBC television’s long-running weekly arts programme, The Culture Show; wrote and presented I Love Carbuncles, on postwar brutalism, for Channel 4’s The Art Show; and co-presented Channel 4’s Grade Designs: Trade Secrets, a spin-off from the popular property show.
He regularly appears on broadcast media as a design, urbanism and architecture expert. Appearances include: Channel 4 News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 (Saturday Review, Loose Ends, Saturday Live, Front Row, Start the Week, Profile), BBC Radio 3 (Nightwaves), BBC Radio 6 Music (The Lauren Laverne Show), BBC2 (The Genius of Design, Building the Dream: the 2012 Olympics, Celebrity University Challenge, Celebrity Eggheads, The Chelsea Flower Show) and Channel 5 (The Wright Stuff).
Praise for The Secret Life of Buildings (Channel 4)
“A punchy, thought-provoking series,” The Daily Mail.
“I do like Channel 4’s new architecture series, The Secret Life of Buildings. Specifically, I like its presenter, Tom Dyckhoff, who is so wonderfully natural on-screen, without ever being cocky. He is perky, sincere, unassuming and willing to make a fool of himself occasionally,” Rachel Cooke, New Statesman.
“In this age of trendy orthodoxies, it is a brave man who squares up to the big guns of architecture,” David Chater, The Times.
“A thought-provoking exploration,” The Observer.
“A fascinating investigation,” Sam Richards, The Sunday Telegraph.
“Chirping of voice, thick of specs and trim of beard, he calls to mind an eight-year-old boy disguised as Elvis Costello. I liked him. I just didn’t like what he was saying,” Michael Deacon, The Daily Telegraph.
“Hats off to Channel 4 for giving him a soapbox,” Brian Viner, The Independent.
“He does us all a service by bringing architects face-to-face with the people who live and work in their creations everyday. Should they forget the ‘wow’ factor and think more about wellbeing? We say yes,” Adrian Pettet, The Sunday Express.