122 episodes

Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. Hosted by Paul McGann, with contributions from eyewitnesses and expert historians.

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Production: Joel Duddell, Miriam Baines, Tom Pink, George Tapp, Dorry Macaulay, Cian Ryan-Morgan, Joseph McGann. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

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    • 4.8 • 320 Ratings

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Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. Hosted by Paul McGann, with contributions from eyewitnesses and expert historians.

New episodes available one week early for Noiser+ subscribers. You'll also get ad-free listening and exclusive content. To find out more about Noiser+, head to noiser.com/subscriptions.

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Production: Joel Duddell, Miriam Baines, Tom Pink, George Tapp, Dorry Macaulay, Cian Ryan-Morgan, Joseph McGann. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

We are sponsored by Indeed. Go to Indeed.com/real for £100 sponsored credit.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Oliver Cromwell Part 3: To Kill a King…

    Oliver Cromwell Part 3: To Kill a King…

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    With the King in captivity, both sides seek a settlement. But when Charles escapes, all trust is broken. For Cromwell there is only one course of action - a solution that will plunge the British Isles into unknown territory. His Majesty must be put on trial…

    A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.

    Many thanks to Peter Gaunt, Clare Jackson, Anna Keay, John Morrill, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, Micheál Ó Siochrú.

    This is Part 3 of 4.

    Oliver Cromwell Part 2: Civil War Across the Realms

    Oliver Cromwell Part 2: Civil War Across the Realms

    England is plunged into conflict. Oliver Cromwell, an obscure politician, soon proves himself an outstanding military commander. King Charles, meanwhile, unveils his own star signing - a dashing young cavalry officer named Prince Rupert. A daring mission featuring the Queen threatens to tip the balance the Royalists’ way. But Cromwell’s New Model Army will prove itself unstoppable…
    A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.
    Many thanks to Peter Gaunt, Clare Jackson, Anna Keay, John Morrill, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, Micheál Ó Siochrú.
    This is Part 2 of 4.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Oliver Cromwell Part 1: The Rise of Ironsides

    Oliver Cromwell Part 1: The Rise of Ironsides

    Say “Oliver Cromwell” today and certain things come to mind. He won the English Civil War and prompted the execution of Charles I. He purged the realm with such zeal that he even cancelled Christmas. In Ireland, where Cromwell’s troops besieged its towns with a notorious barbarity, his name is still used as a curse. “The greatest prince that ever ruled England”, as one historian called him? Or, as Winston Churchill would counter, a tyrant and a despot?
    A Noiser production, written by Jeff Dawson.
    Many thanks to Peter Gaunt, Clare Jackson, Anna Keay, John Morrill, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, Micheál Ó Siochrú.
    This is Part 1 of 4.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Introducing: The Curious History of Your Home - Baths

    Introducing: The Curious History of Your Home - Baths

    A brand-new podcast from the Noiser network. Join domestic historian Ruth Goodman as she explores the remarkable, often epic, tales behind everyday objects.
    This taster episode is all about the bath.
    A murderous emperor builds the grandest bath complex ever seen in Ancient Rome. The arrival of a new disease spells trouble for the bathhouses of Tudor London. An excitable Victorian clergyman extolls the virtues of skinny dipping. And World War Two plays a surprising role in kickstarting the hot tub craze…
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    • 33 min
    Enver Hoxha Part 2: Stalin’s Shadow, Europe’s North Korea

    Enver Hoxha Part 2: Stalin’s Shadow, Europe’s North Korea

    As a new premier takes charge in Moscow, Hoxha makes a new friend in China. The Albanian dictator tasks an entire media industry with maintaining his image. But as his country sinks into an economic mire and his own health deteriorates, Hoxha and Albania’s isolation will be complete. How will the country even begin to escape his clutches?
    A Noiser production, written by Sean Coleman. Many thanks to Bernd Fischer, Artan Hoxha and Shannon Woodcock.
    This is Part 2 of 2.
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    • 53 min
    Enver Hoxha Part 1: The Albanian School Teacher

    Enver Hoxha Part 1: The Albanian School Teacher

    From 1944 to 1985, Enver Hoxha ran Albania as an extraordinarily repressive Stalinist dictatorship. But how did a middle class teacher from the provinces become the most powerful man in the country and a key player in the communist world? What did he do to turn Albania into one of the most isolated countries in the world? And how did ‘Uncle Enver’ keep his citizens in the dark for so much of the 20th century?
    A Noiser production, written by Sean Coleman. Many thanks to Bernd Fischer, Artan Hoxha and Shannon Woodcock.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

Morcheeb ,

Absolutely brilliant

Great podcast, one of the most interesting I have listened to- so well researched and the pace is spot on!

J1LM ,

Fantastic!!

One of the best podcast documentary series I’ve ever listened too. An excellent production.

MiaBops ,

Fantastic podcast

Real dictators is so well researched and so well presented by Paul McCann with his fantastic voice for narration. The only small criticism I have is that not all episodes aren’t grouped together. They could be placed into seasons for easier access such as Hitler having episodes not in order on Apple Podcasts at least. All the same worth listening to, they’re a great listen

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