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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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    • 4.7 • 7.1K 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.

    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
    Christmas with Charles Dickens

    Christmas with Charles Dickens

    Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Emily Bell and Mike Wozniak to find out what Christmas was like with Charles Dickens. We take a walk through the many Christmases of the renowned Victorian author.

    From elephants walking on ice to the family Christmas punch recipe, we take a closer look at the factors that may have influenced some of his most famous works and unpick what the phrase Dickensian has come to mean over the years.

    Written by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow
    Researcher: Jessica White
    Project Management: Isla Matthews
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey

    The Athletic production for BBC Radio 4

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

ra clover ,

Great

I love listening to this as I love history, I would like to be a historian when I’m older. I also used to listen to homeschool history, Greg Jenner is great. I remember him from horrible history.

UK patreon ,

Great feel good history lesson.

All the radio edit episode re-releases make it annoying if you want to go through and listen in order or listen again.

blip blooper ,

Seriously?

Why so many radio edits? Just don’t say bad things! A good podcast overall though.

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