Presented by Hugh K. David and Jenna Pateman, Reel History UK is an informative and engaging podcast exploring the presentation of historical events within pop culture ranging across film and television.
Each episode, our hosts focus on a chosen television show or movie property that may be based on or around important historical events.
From there, each episode discussion leads to the ultimate decision, is the chosen media property REAL History or REEL History?
The show is co-produced and published by 4DA Publishing and Bunkazilla UK.
Reel History UK © 4DA Publishing 2020
S03EP05 From H*ll
Recorded for 2020 Black History Month UK, now released in 2021 Black History Month US, Jenna and Hugh decided as a Hallowe'en idea to look at the comic book adaptation FROM HELL from writer-directors the Hughes Brothers. Jenna discusses the conflict between her true-crime geekiness and her current status as a queer historian, while Hugh vents on everything he didn't like about the film when in theatres, and how he feels about it now.
S03EP04 Cool Runnings
Recorded during UK Black History Month 2020 but now released in US Black History Month 2021, Hugh and Jenna look at a film that could have been a disastrously unfunny look at real-life events, but instead has become a modern comedy classic as well as a point of pride and inspiration in Jamaica itself.
S03EP03 The Princess and the Frog
Recorded during UK Black History Month 2020 but now released in US Black History Month 2021.
In a film full of the flavour of New Orleans Disney Animation returned to 2D animation with Princess and the Frog. However, the era that the film is set in is a troubled one for people of colour in America. Hugh and Jenna discuss the difficulties of depicting this era for a "family friendly" audience.
S03EP02 Denial (with guest Dr.Beorn)
In the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, we look at the 2016 drama DENIAL, and its version of the court case brought against historian Professor Deborah Lipstadt by odious Holocaust denier David Irving. Joining us is guest Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn, himself an expert in the field of Holocaust Studies as well as Digital Academic Studies, to discuss the facts behind the fiction and the fiction behind the 'facts'.
S03EP01 Christmas Traditions (w/guest Dr.D.Howell)
Recorded during the 2020 Christmas Period, Hugh and Jenna are joined by Dr David Howell of the University of Gloucestershire to discuss the traditions of Christmas. Expect some musslings on the origin of the tradition of celebrating during the midwinter, Santa Claus, and his helper Zwarte Peit, small magical creatures, gift giving, Coal, Trees, Krampus, and singing Welsh Horse Skulls.
S2EP13 The Simpsons: Lisa the Iconoclast
In this season finale, Jenna convinces Hugh to go back to a classic episode of the Simpsons, based around an actual 90s event involving an academic historian researching a biography around a lesser-known US president, and what transpired when she thought she had found possible foul play around his death. Given that the episode centres around the Founding Father of Springfield and his statue, this turns out be a timely selection for the podcast.