Vanessa Collingridge is many things: geographer, explorer, television and radio presenter, author - and, now, Hongkonger.
'We had been looking to go overseas for a while to show our boys more of the world so when my partner was offered an assignment in Hong Kong for a few years, we jumped at the chance,' she says.
Chung Hom Kok, where she lives, 'is a perfect place for my four little boys as they love the beaches and open spaces at nearby Tai Tam. For the last 17 years, we've lived in a small village in rural Scotland so it was important for us not to feel too 'hemmed-in' - something you can never feel with the amazing sea views we have here'.
They are views that are perhaps fitting for a biographer of the Royal Navy's James Cook. In 2002, Collingridge published Captain Cook: The Life, Death and Legacy of History's Greatest Explorer, which was turned into a multi-award winning international documentary series. Cook, she says, was more of a Russell Crowe character than a Johnny Depp or a Hugh Grant, when given the choice of those three as actors who might play the captain in a movie. 'Cook was a serious man who liked law and order - so it would have to be Crowe. He has Cook's air of natural leader about him and also has the advantage of looking suitably 'weathered' after a hard life at sea.
'My Captain Cook series gave me exposure all over the world so I am currently working on TV projects in Australia, Canada and the UK. I'm also planning my first historical novel and I'm always on the lookout for my next historical biography.'
She published a major biography on British warrior queen Boudica, in 2005, and The Story of Australia, in 2008.
Her interests are many and varied, but geography - Collingridge graduated with a first in the subject from Oxford University and has been a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for two decades - recurs as a particular passion.
'Geography explains almost everything you need to know about the world and how it works - the places, the people and how the two link together - for better or for worse,' she says. 'I've got a real magpie brain and could never decide if I preferred the arts or the sciences but, in geography, you need both angles, so it's perfect for me.
'I specialised in historical geography, which also throws in the added dimension of time, just for good measure. I always describe geography as the best general education you can get and the perfect training for a journalist.'
Collingridge has presented and produced programmes for all the major terrestrial TV channels in Britain, as well as for BBC Radio, and has written regularly for British magazines and newspapers. Now, with the beginning of the RTHK Radio 3 series The Big Idea - which she describes as 'like having a conversation in a pub with a fascinating bunch of experts' - a Hong Kong audience will witness her talents.
'I had worked at BBC Radio 4 for years, presenting their history series, Making History, and really missed broadcasting for TV and radio when I came to Hong Kong. I also missed the buzz of working in an ideas community, like I had with my PhD research [on the history and cartography of the mythical Great Southern Continent] and with Cafe Scientifique that I ran with a friend in Glasgow [where scientists and the public discuss the issues of the day].
'I went to see the RTHK team and we devised The Big Idea together. It's ... a series that explores wide-ranging ideas and their intellectual history - it's also great for giving the listener 'everything you need to know about X, Y and Z' in 30 minutes, as well as lots of ideas and food for thought,' she says.
For X, Y and Z, read intelligence, Taoism and consumerism - and other such weighty topics.
'The first programme explores the relationship between Eastern and Western cultures and the sea. We discuss how China seemed to turn its back to the sea for most of its history while the West actively embraced the maritime world as a route to wealth, prestige and power. It's fascinating to see how - and why - these two very different cultures developed, and what the impact has been of the differing approaches.
'The Selden Map has all the elements of a great story - a chance discovery of an old map that suddenly turns accepted wisdom about China's maritime history on its head, so it was an obvious contender to kick off the new series.'