Jan’s favourite authors include Ernest Hemingway, J.G. Ballard and Voltaire, while The Searchers and Blade Runner are two of her favourite films. She loves series like Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Farscape and Rome, and still has a soft spot for The Professionals and The Onedin Line. Her current favourites are Beck, River and Orphan Black.

A Bond fan, her favourite 007 is Timothy Dalton, but the best film is Dr No. (Although definitely not licensed to kill, she was a marksman– but don’t worry: she doesn’t shoot any more, so everyone’s safe.)

Jan enjoys swimming and has completed the 5000m individual event for the charity Childline. She admits to being a hopeless tomboy and her students think she fancies Harrison Ford, but at least she’s a good cook.

In her spare time she loves gardening and painting, and is quite happy curled up with a book or watching an old film. Otherwise, she is most likely to be following her beloved Spurs and Blades, or watching Formula 1 and Test Cricket - and enjoying a pint or two with her friends.