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The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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    • History
    • 4.7 • 1.3K Ratings

The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

    Announcing Series 6

    Announcing Series 6

    We’re back! Greg Jenner previews some of the topics and guest coming up in the new series of You're Dead To Me which starts on Friday 10 February, 2023.

    • 1 min
    Grainne O’Malley (Radio Edit)

    Grainne O’Malley (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Gillian Kenny and comedian Catherine Bohart in 16th-century Ireland to look at the life of pirate queen Grainne O’Malley. Against the backdrop of the changing legal landscape of Ireland as it faced brutality from incoming English administrators, we look at the difficult decisions Grainne was forced to make to ensure her family's survival. From bold changes to her appearance as a teenager to ensure her place on her father's ship, to aggressive actions against a castle that refused to serve her food. Grainne O’Malley was not a woman to be messed with. This strength and defiance would lead to an unlikely understanding with Queen Elizabeth I.

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    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Jessica White

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 28 min
    Ancient Greek & Roman Medicine (Radio Edit)

    Ancient Greek & Roman Medicine (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Kristi Upson-Saia and comedian Stu Goldsmith to explore the strange world of Ancient Greek and Roman medicine. Welcome to a world where health was fleeting and water could be dangerous. The team will take you through a variety of common ailments from tight atoms to wandering wombs and provide startling cures in the form of electric eels and beaver anuses.

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    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Hannah MacKenzie

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 27 min
    The Asante Empire (Radio Edit)

    The Asante Empire (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford OBE and comedian Sophie Duker to explore the incredible Asante Empire. We learn the roots of Ghanian heritage - from storytelling, fabric, food, music and rhythm as communication, to how centuries of traditions across the empire came together to protect the most sacred symbol of power in the Asante Kingdom from the hands of the British during the War of the Golden Stool.

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    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Lloyd Roberts

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 28 min
    Prohibition in the USA (Radio Edit)

    Prohibition in the USA (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Sarah Churchwell and comedian Kemah Bob in 1920s USA to follow the implementation and after-effects of Prohibition. They take a look at the origins of the Prohibition laws and hear how a movement designed to encourage temperance backfired on the nation.

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    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Tim Galsworthy

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 28 min
    Medieval Christmas (Radio Edit)

    Medieval Christmas (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner and his guests Miles Jupp and Dr Eleanor Janega go back to the medieval Christmas for this one-off festive special. They look at the history and traditions that have thankfully continued through the ages, like gift-giving and stuffed wild boars (although numbers on stuffed wild boar we're told are down from previous years) and some that have mysteriously fallen off the radar completely, like masked carol singers and jellied eels.

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    Research: Lloyd Roberts
    Script: Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Project Management: Siefe Miyo
    Edit Producer: Cornelius Mendez

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

ASkarsAddict01 ,

Most fun in a history podcast.

This podcast has such a unique approach to history by combining history and comedy in such an entertaining way that I find myself learning things on subjects I never thought I would be interested in. Every episode almost doesn’t feel long enough, I’m having so much fun then it’s over! My favourite episode so far was the history of timekeeping including all the time puns. The episode on fandom was an eye opener as I never thought the history of fandom would be so long and varied. I loved the tale of the fan of Charlotte Bronte that took the timber and glass from a window at the Bronte‘s and made himself a picture frame so he could look through the glass that Charlotte had looked through herself. Also loved the idea of a glass kite, I’m sure that will take off! So entertaining!

Chizza9511 ,

Great...but

I enjoy the variety of historical topics that are discussed in the show.

The conversation between the host and the historical expert are engaging and you do learn something new with each episode and gain an appreciation for the subject.

However, often there is more humour from the expert than from the guest in “comedy corner”, who often don’t offer a new or humorous perspective on the subject, but regularly utter or exclaim unfunny observations or comments Nish Kumar style.

If you’re going to have a “comedy corner”, it should be occupied by a comedian.

exo skin🧑‍⚖️ ,

telly good

love it

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