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You're Dead To Me

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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Josephine Baker

Greg Jenner is joined by historical expert Dr Michell Chresfield and comedian Desiree Burch to travel to 1920s Paris and meet the phenomenal Josephine Baker. Josephine Baker was a renowned performer and entertainer, a civil rights activist and even a spy during the German occupation of France. But just how did the daughter of a laundress in St Louis find herself at the centre of some of the most pivotal moments in history?A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

49mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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LGBTQ History

From Molly Houses to secret diaries, discover the real-life stories that make up the history of the LGBT community. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Suzie Ruffell and Dr Justin Bengry, historian and creator of the world’s first masters degree in Queer History. It’s history for people who don’t like history!Produced by Dan MorelleScripted and researched by Emma NagouseA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

47mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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The Ancient Babylonians

Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Moudhy Al-Rashid and comedian Kae Kurd in Ancient Mesopotamia as they explore the Babylonian civiliisation. If your knowledge of Babylon doesn’t extend beyond the Boney M. song then this is the episode for you. We reveal all sorts of fascinating facts that connect you to a people who existed 4000 years ago – from the way we communicate to a maths system which we still use to tell the time.Produced by Cornelius MendezScript by Greg Jenner and Emma NagouseResearch by Amy Grant and Lloyd RobertsA production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

55mins

22 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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The History of Football

Where did football come from? Was it really invented in China or is the truth a little closer to home? Why was knife crime such a problem for football hundreds of years ago? And what’s the real truth behind the history of the women’s game? Public historian Greg Jenner joins comedian Tom Parry and historian Prof Jean Williams to teach you the true history of the beautiful game. It’s history for people who don’t like history!Produced by Dan MorelleScripted by Greg JennerResearched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie RandallA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

46mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Stonehenge

Greg Jenner digs into the history and mystery surrounding Stonehenge. Is it really the symbol of fertility and scene of sacrifice it’s portrayed to be, and what part of Stonehenge is the henge exactly? Featuring podcasting legend Richard Herring alongside archaeologist Susan Greaney from English Heritage. It’s history for people who don’t like history! Produced by Dan MorelleScript by Greg Jenner Research by Emma NagouseA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

46mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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The Borgias

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Catherine Fletcher and comedian Phil Wang in 15th-century Rome as they introduce us to the infamous Borgias family. With dynastic alliances, poisonous rings, murders and chestnut orgies, it’s not hard to see how they may have inspired Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather. But how much of what we know of Italy’s original crime family is actually true?Produced by Cornelius MendezScript by Greg Jenner and Emma NagouseResearch by Jessica WhiteA production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

55mins

12 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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Saladin

You might have learned about Richard the Lionheart in school (or from Disney’s Robin Hood), but how much do you know about his opponent, the legendary Saladin? Why does Saladin have such an enduring reputation as a good guy? Host Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Maria Shehata and historian Prof Jonathan Phillips. It’s history for people who don’t like history!This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Emily Greenwell.

44mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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The Asante Empire

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 including storytelling, fabric, food, music and using rhythm as communication. And we hear 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.Produced by Cornelius MendezScript by Greg Jenner and Emma NagouseResearch by Lloyd RobertsA production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

54mins

19 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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Grainne O’Malley

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Gillian Kenny and comedian Catherine Bohart in 16th century Ireland to look at the life of the pirate queen, Grainne O’Malley. Against the backdrop of the changing legal landscape of Ireland as it faced brutality from incoming English administrators, we hear about 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 on a castle that refused to serve her food. Grainne O’Malley was not a woman to be messed with and this strength and defiance would lead to an unlikely understanding with Queen Elizabeth I.Produced by Cornelius MendezScript by Greg Jenner and Emma NagouseResearch by Jessica WhiteA production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

54mins

29 Jan 2021

Rank #9

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Neanderthals (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by the brilliant comedian Tim Minchin and Palaeolithic archaeologist Dr Becky Wragg Sykes as they take us way back in time to visit the Neanderthals. Just who were the Neanderthals? Were they the squat caveman we’ve come to know in pop culture or have we misunderstood them entirely? Join the team as we discover there is so much more to those handsome, hench beings who walked the Earth before us.

29mins

21 Nov 2020

Rank #10

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King James VI of Scotland

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Anna Whitelock and comedian Larry Dean in 16th-century Scotland to meet King James VI, the first Stuart king to rule Scotland and England simultaneously. He is renowned for his translation of the bible, his belief in witches and for being the primary target of the Gunpowder Plot. But is that really how we should remember him?

50mins

26 Feb 2021

Rank #11

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The Egyptian Pyramids

Host Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Sarah Parcak and comedian Maria Shehata to learn all about the magnificent Egyptian pyramids. We discover how and why pyramids were built, who constructed them, and how space archeology can help us discover and protect hundreds of pyramids and tombs that are yet to be found.

53mins

11 Sep 2020

Rank #12

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The History of Football (Radio Edit)

Where did football come from? Was it really invented in China or is the truth a little closer to home? And what’s the truth behind the history of the women’s game? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Tom Parry and historian Prof Jean Williams to learn the history of the beautiful game.Produced by Dan MorelleScripted by Greg JennerResearched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie RandallRadio edit by Cornelius MendezA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.

28mins

5 Dec 2020

Rank #13

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The Mughal Empire

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi and comedian Sindhu Vee to explore The Mughal Empire and its legacy in art and architecture. We learn why an Emperor always needed to be wary of his siblings and how a zebra came to cause disbelief in court, and we hear the real story behind the wondrous Taj Mahal.A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

54mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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The Aztecs (Radio Edit)

Travel back to the land of the Aztecs for stories of sacrifice and fancy diets. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Joel Dommett and historian Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock to ask just how much food can be traced back to the Aztecs? Was cannibalism really a respectful process? And at what age were Aztec children expected to contribute to the family?Produced by Dan MorelleScript by Greg JennerResearch by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh DanielsRadio edit by Cornelius MendezA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.

29mins

14 Nov 2020

Rank #15

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Stonehenge (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner digs into the history and mystery of Stonehenge. Is it really the symbol of fertility and scene of sacrifice it’s portrayed to be, and what part of Stonehenge is the henge exactly? Featuring podcasting legend Richard Herring alongside archaeologist Susan Greaney from English Heritage.Produced by Dan MorelleScript by Greg JennerResearch by Emma NagouseRadio edit by Cornelius MendezA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.

29mins

1 Dec 2020

Rank #16

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Genghis Khan

Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Peter Frankopan and comedian Phil Wang in the 12th century to meet one of the most feared conquerors in world history, Genghis Khan. We find out why silk shirts weren’t just a fashion choice and how kittens were apparently used as weapons as Genghis Khan established the largest land empire in history.

49mins

4 Sep 2020

Rank #17

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The Ancient Olympics

Greg Jenner and his guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi limber up for a trip to The Ancient Olympics. Discover the drastic measures taken to prevent women watching the action. Hear how the gruelling challenges brought a whole new meaning to the term "leaving it all on the field" and how even death couldn’t stop you winning.

47mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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You’re Dead To Me 2

We’re back! Greg Jenner looks ahead to the new series and back at some highlights from series one.

5mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Blackbeard

Timbers are shivering as Greg Jenner digs down on the legendary pirate, Blackbeard. Why did Blackbeard blockade a small town while scratching himself in frustration? How many wives is too many wives? And what exactly did he put in his beard? Greg’s joined by historian and piracy expert Dr Rebecca Simon and comedian Stu Goldsmith, host of the Comedian’s Comedian podcast. Produced by Dan MorelleScripted by Greg JennerResearched by Emma NagouseA Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4

44mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #20