100 episodes

If you've ever watched a movie based on true events and thought "I didn't know that" or "I wonder if that is how it happened" then this is the podcast series for you

History by Hollywood Martin Darlington and Andrew Bliszczyk

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

If you've ever watched a movie based on true events and thought "I didn't know that" or "I wonder if that is how it happened" then this is the podcast series for you

    Episode 84: Just Mercy

    Episode 84: Just Mercy

    This powerful but very entertaining movie depicts the efforts of lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative to force a retrial of Walter “Johnny D” McMillian in 1990s Alabama. Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx lead a strong cast in this quest for justice in the face of deep-rooted bigotry and bias. We examine the degree of their success as portrayed in the movie and, of course, how much of the depiction is true to the real events as known.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 83 Thoughts & Themes 3: Things We Think We Know

    Episode 83 Thoughts & Themes 3: Things We Think We Know

    In this, the final episode of 2020, Martin flies solo as he embarks on T&T 3, looking at common misconceptions through the medium of lemmings and trying to approach some complex societal issues from a fresh perspective. With a review and listener feedback at the end of the show along with festive greetings from the HbH crew, it’s a short farewell to an interesting year.

    • 41 min
    Episode 82: Gorillas in the Mist

    Episode 82: Gorillas in the Mist

    This week sees Martin joined by Sean Munger and Cody Climer from the Green Screen podcast as they join forces to examine this 1988 movie about primatologist Dian Fossey and her efforts to study and protect mountain gorillas in Rwanda. It’s a wide-ranging show and with due apologies for the length of time you’ve all had to wait for this episode, we do hope it’s worth it.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 81: Battle of the Sexes

    Episode 81: Battle of the Sexes

    In 1973, former men’s tennis No1 Bobby Riggs challenged women’s champion Billy Jean King to a $100k exhibition match. Riggs, an unapologetic chauvinist, gambler and hustler was 55 years old but still confident he could beat the best of the current female players. This week’s movie looks at the depiction of the lead-up and the match itself in this 2017 movie, starring Emily Stone as Billy Jean King and Steve Carrel as Bobby Riggs. Join us as we examine how accurate this portrayal proves to be.
    Note: There are no clips this week due to the lack of available material which works in an audio format. Except right at the very end, featuring a comment by the real Billy Jean King

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 80: Midway

    Episode 80: Midway

    This week sees the welcome return of Ray Harris Jr from the long-running History of WWII Podcast as we examine 2019’s Midway, derided by critics yet loved by audiences. Not for the first time, we side very much with the audience and find ourselves surprised by director Roland Emmerich and writer Wes Tooke’s efforts to be as accurate as possible. Naturally, for an HbH featured movie, it stars Woody Harrelson too. It’s a long episode but we hope it’s worthy of your time.

    • 2 hr 24 min
    Episode 79: Thoughts & Themes 2 Race Through Time

    Episode 79: Thoughts & Themes 2 Race Through Time

    This week sees the second outing of the T&T supplementary. Join Martin as he examines the multiple issues involving the African American community in the US and how this has been depicted in a number of movies already covered by HbH including Glory, Selma and Hidden Figures, attempting to interpret the meanings, both obvious and subtle that these movies have brought to light.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

AngieK7808 ,

Awesome podcast!!

Great job, guys! I just finished the “First Man” episodes in the hopes that I’d find out why I really didn’t like this movie and everyone else loved it. I’m generally interested in space history (I live in Huntsville, Alabama, where Werner Von Braun landed when he left Germany) and I generally love everything Ryan Gosling does, but putting them together didn’t quite work out so well for me. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one!

A couple of suggestions for your maybe/maybe not list ...

1983’s “Silkwood” starring our old friend Meryl Streep, along with Kurt Russell and Cher. It’s based on a true story and is a really good movie. The second suggestion is 2003’s “Radio” starring Cuba Gooding and Ed Harris. It might be a mushy for your show but it’s worth a mention.

I’ll probably think of more as soon as I send this. Keep up the good work. It’s nice to know you’re there waiting for me when I get off work in the evening. Don’t stress over rushing to get shows out. We’ll be here.



Kyaker63 ,

Bravo Zed

Stumbled on this looking for a podcast to support fill road time on a business trip. Listened to the Dam Busters and Breaker Morant and was hooked. Enjoyed the guest podcast historians on both episodes as I listen to both WWII and the Anglo Boer War.

saderfanatic ,


These guys take a subject and parse the truth from fiction in movies based on real events. When needed, they bring an expert or two in to provide depth into the subject. Very well done!

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