Rank #1: 74. Play-Offs: Semi-Final B
May 12 2014
Rank #2: 75. Play-Offs: Semi-Final C
May 27 2014
Rank #3: S2.42 Mary Queen of Scots: Biography (Part 1/2)
Mary Queen of Scots is one of (if not the) most famous names in Scottish and British history, and with good reason. A dramatic reign that began when she was only six days old which saw her and Scotland dragged into international conflicts between England, Spain and France as well as the religious conflict with the Protestant Reformation. We are giving ourselves three episodes to cover Mary and this first biography episode takes us from her birth through the 'Rough Wooing' and her minority up to the peak of her personal rule in Scotland in 1565.
Nov 10 2017
Rank #4: S2.1 Scottish Backgroundy Stuff
Jan 12 2015
Rank #5: S2.2 Kenneth MacAlpin
Jan 25 2015
Rank #6: 3. Edward the Elder
Aug 24 2010
Rank #7: S2.43 Mary Queen of Scots: Biography (Part 2/2)
In our first episode, Mary had escaped Henry VIII, briefly been Queen Consort of France and ruled pretty successfully as Queen of Scots. By 1565, she had married the dashing Lord Darnley (who, like Mary, had a claim to the English throne) and seen off a rebellion by her Protestant half-brother, the Earl of Moray. However, the second half of her life would be even more dramatic than the first. Mary would have to face a vain and jealous husband, scheming Scottish nobles and Elizabeth I's chief advisor, William Cecil, determined to stop her ever becoming Queen of England.
Nov 17 2017
Rank #8: A Royal Christmas Special
Originally planned for 2016, we have finally made a Christmas Special! From Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II, we take a stroll through history and see what some of our favourite monarchs were getting up to at Christmas - be it writing carols, ice skating or murdering the Archbishop of Canterbury. We'll be back in January with the recordings of the Live Tour and then the third series, reviewing all the Queen and Prince Consorts of England. For now, thanks for listening, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dec 21 2018
Rank #9: 77. The Grand Final
Jul 01 2014
Rank #10: Game of Thrones
We take a brief break from our normal series to tackle the epic fantasy TV series and books, Game of Thrones. In this feature-length episode, we go through the story of the show and draw out comparisons between the characters and events in the show vs. the real life history that inspired George RR Martin.
This episode was recorded after Season 8 Episode 3 (The Long Knight) but before Episode 4 (in case you are worried about spoilers!)
May 10 2019
Rank #11: S2.4 Constantine I
Feb 28 2015
Rank #12: S2.18 Macbeth
Nov 08 2015
Rank #13: S2.33 Robert the Bruce
Things have been torrid for Scotland under the rule of England's Edward I, but finally there is hope in the form of Robert the Bruce (and, frankly, in Edward II). Will this legend of Scottish history - the king of Bannockburn and the Declaration of Arbroath - defeat the English and win independence for Scotland? More importantly, will he be worthy of the Rex Factor?
Jan 20 2017
Rank #14: 61. Edward VIII (Abdication Crisis)
Apr 17 2013
Rank #15: S2.44 Mary Queen of Scots: Review
Mary Queen of Scots had one of the most dramatic lives and reigns (and, unusually, post-reigns) in Scottish history, taking in a French upbringing, the Reformation, three husbands, civil war and English imprisonment. But when this is all put together, how well will she score and will one of the most famous names in history be worthy of the Rex Factor?
Nov 27 2017
Rank #16: S3.03 Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians
Æthelflæd is one of the most remarkable and unfairly forgotten figures in English history. The eldest child of Alfred the Great and Ealhswith, she became consort to the Lord of the Mercians but really came to prominence after his death when she took over as a ruler and helped her brother, Edward the Elder, take back lands conquered by the Vikings.
Apr 05 2019
Rank #17: S2.32 William Wallace
Scotland was a conquered country in 1296, but if Edward I thought the Scots would go quietly then he had another thing coming! Almost from nowhere, William Wallace stepped onto the scene and led the resistance against English rule, becoming Guardian of Scotland. But could this unknown figure defeat Edward and liberate Scotland? Can the real William Wallace live up to the heroic legend of Scottish history? And is any of Braveheart actually true?
Nov 18 2016
Rank #18: Battle of the Champions (Live)
In November 2018, Rex Factor went on its first ever live tour, starting with this recording in London where we did the Battle of the Champions - Henry II (champion of the English monarchs) vs. Robert the Bruce (champion of the Scots). We present the full live show (barring the first 30 seconds that didn't record) including a Q&A afterwards with the audience (apologies for quiet bits when people couldn't reach the mic on stage!)
Jan 25 2019
Rank #19: S3.01 Consort Introduction and Agrippina
Welcome to Series 3 of Rex Factor! This time we will be reviewing all the Queen and Prince Consorts of England from Ealhswith to Prince Philip. In this introductory episode, we explain how we will be reviewing consorts (as opposed to monarchs) in each of the factors and then have an interview with Privy Councillor Dr Emma Southon, who has written a brilliant book on a Roman Consort, Agrippina.
You can follow Emma on Twitter (@NuclearTeeth) and her website https://www.emmasouthon.com Her podcast is History is Sexy (@SexyHistoryPod) and her book on Agrippina is "Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore".
Mar 16 2019
Rank #20: 30. Henry V
Jun 08 2011