12 episodes

Almost History. Always incredible. What if ... ? Every other Friday, Almost History tells the amazing true stories behind the aborted missions, cancelled plans, utopian dreams and hubristic designs that didn't quite make it from the drawing board to the real world. Rescued from the footnotes, archives and passing references, each episode explores what almost happened and explains why it didn't.

Almost History Ian Chapman-Curry

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 23 Ratings

Almost History. Always incredible. What if ... ? Every other Friday, Almost History tells the amazing true stories behind the aborted missions, cancelled plans, utopian dreams and hubristic designs that didn't quite make it from the drawing board to the real world. Rescued from the footnotes, archives and passing references, each episode explores what almost happened and explains why it didn't.

    AH 12 Opening the iron curtain - the DDR's day of dissent

    AH 12 Opening the iron curtain - the DDR's day of dissent

    What if a violent uprising had toppled East Germany's communist government in 1953?

    • 19 min
    AH 11 Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plan to attack Russia and start a Third World War

    AH 11 Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plan to attack Russia and start a Third World War

    According to Field Marshal Montgomery, rule number one on the first page of the book of war is ‘do not march on Moscow’.
    In April 1945, Winston Churchill ordered the British Chiefs of Staff to rip up the rule book and plan for an attack on their...

    • 23 min
    AH 10 Louis of England - history’s forgotten King of England

    AH 10 Louis of England - history’s forgotten King of England

    In August of 1216, the King of Scotland rode down the entire length of England to pay homage to a new English king at Dover.

    The Scottish monarch bent his knee to a warrior prince who was the pride and hope of his dynasty.

    His name was Louis...

    • 23 min
    AH 09 Princess Mary Tudor's flight to freedom

    AH 09 Princess Mary Tudor's flight to freedom

    In the summer of 1550, Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was packing her belongings and preparing to flee her home.

    Her Tudor brother was the figurehead for an increasingly Protestant regime. Mary clung to her mother's Catholicism....

    • 21 min
    AH 08 Cancelling Christmas and the Plum Pudding Riots

    AH 08 Cancelling Christmas and the Plum Pudding Riots

    In 1647, the new puritan government tried to cancel Christmas.

    People in Canterbury protested in a peculiarly English way, with a destructive game of football followed by a mass brawl.

    The city’s Plum Pudding Riots led to a royalist revolt...

    • 12 min
    AH 07 The Prince of Poyais - settling in the country that never was

    AH 07 The Prince of Poyais - settling in the country that never was

    In 1822, Gregor MacGregor committed what The Economist newspaper has called the ‘biggest fraud in history’ and ‘the greatest confidence trick of all time’.

    Investors, many of them Scottish, put forward vast sums towards creating a colony in central...

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Hisbufffan ,

Excellent! Fun and erudite history podcast

What if? All of those moment when our world could have been very different. Well researched and beautifully narrated. If you enjoy history with a twist, give it a go.

Tanz362 ,

What if ... ?

Great history podcast!

Chapperz 89 ,

A great slice of history

Short and punchy slices of counterfactual history. Really interesting and entertaining. Recommended.

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