123 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 • 206 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.

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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 4: The Conquest of Ireland

    Oliver Cromwell Part 4: The Conquest of Ireland

    In the final part of the Cromwell story, outrage at the King’s execution leads Ironsides to wage war on Scotland and, notoriously, Ireland. Insurgencies over, he’ll become Lord Protector - king in all but name. But as discontent continues to spread, the unthinkable will once again become possible. The Stuart monarchy couldn’t be restored… could it?…
    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 4 of 4.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Oliver Cromwell Part 3: To Kill a King…

    Oliver Cromwell Part 3: To Kill a King…

    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.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

Great of greats ,

Great History Podcast

This is my favourite podcast and undoutedly one of the best history podcasts out there. Well produced and the narration by Paul McGann is absolutely world class.

Nige🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 ,

Real Dictators

Superb podcast. For someone who loves history, I can easily say its one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. It’s like an incredibly good book that you can’t put down.

Pull McCann‘s voice and delivery is world class. His ability to take you back into the past in such a clear and understanding way is unique, and his inflection of tone to differentiate between incredulity, fact, and humour is one of the best I’ve ever listened to.

Nigel Frost

tojobots0909 ,

Robert Mugabe

Please can you advice why I can download all the episodes expect for part 2 - I would like to finish the series

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