Polly Hope was born in London in 1972 and attended the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). After starting out in the newspaper industry, she made radio and television documentaries around the world for independent production companies before joining the BBC in 1996. Since then she has worked on a wide range of current affairs programmes across both media and helped to move the BBC's reporting onto digital platforms for the 21st century. She has produced Radio 4 documentaries from Venezuela, Cuba, Taiwan, Mexico and the USA. For over a decade she has worked with the team producing From Our Own Correspondent for Radio 4 in the UK, and for the World Service everywhere. She is an apostrophe hound, statistical sceptic and incorrigible pedant.