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You're Dead To Me

The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

 

#106

Greg Jenner talks to Lucy Worsley about Lady Killers

Greg Jenner and fellow historian Lucy Worsley discuss Lucy’s Radio 4 podcast, Lady Killers, which is about Victorian murderesses. Lucy explains why she wanted to examine these historical cases and what these women's stories tell us about life and society in 19th-century Britain. The pair also discuss some of the fascinating and extraordinary murder cases which are investigated in the podcast. You can listen to Lady Killers on BBC Sounds. ... Read more

11 Nov 2022

15 MINS

15:36

11 Nov 2022


#105

The Haitian Revolution (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Marlene Daut and comedian Athena Kugblenu to examine the events and aftermath of the 18th century revolution in Haiti, the first nation to abolish slavery. They look at the life of revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture, confront the atrocities committed against the people of Haiti and the literal price they were forced to pay for their freedom. ... Read more

22 Oct 2022

28 MINS

28:41

22 Oct 2022


#104

Saladin (Radio Edit)

You may 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. Produced by Dan Morelle Scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Emily Greenwell. ... Read more

22 Oct 2022

29 MINS

29:00

22 Oct 2022


#103

Mary Shelley (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by literary expert Dr Corin Throsby and comedian Lauren Pattison to explore the often turbulent life of literary icon Mary Shelley. Join them as we all question our life achievements while discussing the groundbreaking work Mary produced by the age of just 20, how far she was prepared to walk for love, and arguably the most gothic first date in history. For the full-length verion of this episode, please look further back in the feed. ... Read more

14 Oct 2022

28 MINS

28:37

14 Oct 2022


#102

The Ancient Olympics (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner and his guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shaparak 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. For the full-length verion of this episode, please look further back in the feed. ... Read more

14 Oct 2022

28 MINS

28:59

14 Oct 2022


#101

The Tang Dynasty (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Tineke D’Haeseleer and comedian Evelyn Mok in medieval China to explore the Tang Dynasty. Known as the Golden Age of China, it was the time of China’s Emperor Wu, the only woman to hold power in her own right, and Emperor Xuanzong who became so bored with austerity he came up with a unique way to have fun. For the full-length verion of this episode, please look further back in the feed. ... Read more

07 Oct 2022

28 MINS

28:34

07 Oct 2022


#100

Eleanor of Aquitaine (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Gabby Storey and comedian Rachel Parris to take a look at the action-packed life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was the only woman ever to be queen of both England and France. She took to the seas on a crusade and packed her entire household with her. She bore ten children and defended a castle, yet most of her life was spent clearing up her offsprings' mess. So just why is this badass queen’s legacy eclipsed by that of her sons? For the full-length verion of this episode, please look further back in the feed. ... Read more

07 Oct 2022

28 MINS

28:28

07 Oct 2022


#99

The History of Fandom, 1700-1900 (Live)

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Corin Throsby and Stuart Goldsmith to look at early cultural fandom in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although many consider Beatlemania to be the start of what is now considered fan culture, Greg and his guests consider some much earlier and often hilarious examples of the birth of fandom. This episode was recorded live at the 2022 Hay Festival. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Written by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

16 Sep 2022

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:49

16 Sep 2022


#98

Medieval Animals

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Tim Wingard and Kiri Pritchard-McLean to look at what we know about animals in medieval Europe. From hunting and farming to companionship and entertainment, animals have long been a part of our culture but how did the beliefs and treatment of animals by our medieval ancestors inform our societal values today? And just how do you lick a bear into shape?! You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Written by Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Max Bower ... Read more

10 Sep 2022

58 MINS

58:55

10 Sep 2022


#97

Ibn Battuta

Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Amira Bennison and Nabil Abdulrashid in medieval Morocco to meet the globetrotter Ibn Battuta. This 14th-century traveller covered a mind-boggling 73,000 miles and is the author of arguably one of the world’s most famous travel logs. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Jon Mason Written by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner with Jon Mason Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Max Bower ... Read more

02 Sep 2022

55 MINS

55:42

02 Sep 2022


#96

The History of Timekeeping

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr David Rooney and Desiree Burch at the literal beginning of time to explore the history of timekeeping. Covering everything from the origins of timekeeping to time in space, we even learn how you can smell the time! Above all, we finally find out who you can blame for daylight savings and the real reason it was invented. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Rosie Rich Written by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Steve Hankey ... Read more

26 Aug 2022

57 MINS

57:24

26 Aug 2022


#95

Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba

Greg Jenner is joined in 17th-century West Africa by Dr Daniel F. Silva and Athena Kugblenu to meet the warrior queen, Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba. One of the most formidable queens in history, Njinga lived a tumultuous life and was able to defy Portuguese colonial rule for decades. For such a successful ruler, not much is known about her. Much of what is said about her in European and Western stories paints a picture of a cold-hearted, bloodthirsty warlord. But how much of that is true? You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Rosie Rich Written by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner with Rosie Rich Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Max Bower ... Read more

19 Aug 2022

56 MINS

56:58

19 Aug 2022


#94

The Terracotta Army

Greg Jenner is joined in Ancient China by Prof Julia Lovell and special guest Phil Wang as they take a close look at The Terracotta Army. In 1974, a family of farmers made arguably the greatest ever archaeological discovery when they unearthed arrowheads and fragments of terracotta whilst digging a well. Join us as we explore one of the most astounding mausoleum sites in the world; so large, in fact, that much of it still remains to be explored. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Jon Mason Written by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner with Jon Mason Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

12 Aug 2022

56 MINS

56:53

12 Aug 2022


#93

Black Georgian England

Host Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Gretchen Gerzina and special guest Kwame Asante in Georgian England as they meet some of the leading figures of Black History. With communities thriving in London and the port cities of England, we take a look at some of the amazing life stories of the time. From writers, musicians, sailors, heirs and heiresses, we examine how vital their work was in preserving the lived experience of Black people in Georgian England. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4 Research by Genevieve Johnson-Smith Written by Emma Nagouse, Genevieve Johnson-Smith, Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner. Produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

05 Aug 2022

56 MINS

56:27

05 Aug 2022


#92

Julius Caesar’s Rise To Power

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Shushma Malik and Ahir Shah as they travel back to Ancient Rome to meet one of history’s biggest names, Julius Caesar. With a name so good his family used it multiple times, for every relative, we follow the rise to power of the man who would one day become Dictator of Rome. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Bethan Davies Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

29 Jul 2022

57 MINS

57:54

29 Jul 2022


#91

Julie d'Aubigny

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Sara Barker and returning special guest Catherine Bohart to travel back to 17th-century France and meet the notorious Julie d'Aubigny. Hers is an extraordinary story that includes duels, an elaborate escape plot and multiple affairs. But with a distinct lack of reliable sources for evidence, can Greg and his guests sort fact from fiction and piece together the details of this legendary life? You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Bethan Davies and Dr Kelly Gardiner Written and produced by Emma Nagouse, Greg Jenner and Bethan Davies Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

22 Jul 2022

57 MINS

57:13

22 Jul 2022


#90

Istanbul in the Ottoman Golden Age

Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Ebru Boyar and special guest Sue Perkins as they travel back 500 years to explore the Ottoman Empire. They take a look at the cultural richness and diversity of Istanbul through the ages, from law and order to what your sartorial choices said about you. Why was physical proximity to the throne vital for a son of a sultan and what surprising activity used to be enjoyed by the fearsome Ottoman Soldiers? They’ll even take you to a Grand Circumcision Festival! You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Claudia Treacher and Genevieve Johnson-Smith Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Siefe Miyo and Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

15 Jul 2022

56 MINS

56:18

15 Jul 2022


#89

Captain Cook's First Voyage

Greg Jenner is joined in the 18th century by historian Dr Katherine Parker and comedian James Nokise on a maiden voyage across the Pacific Ocean with Captain Cook. Join us as we discover why Tahititi is always a good idea, how many men you can fit on a ship built for only fifteen and how the exceptional art of Polynesian navigation techniques led to the creation of the first maps of the area. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Claudia Treacher and Rosanna Evans Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Siefe Miyo and Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

08 Jul 2022

57 MINS

57:56

08 Jul 2022


#88

Ancient Athenian Democracy

Greg Jenner is joined in Ancient Greece by special guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Alice Fraser as they examine the start of democracy with the Athenians. Aside from it obviously being a system that only benefitted men, they find out why you’d want to avoid red ropes and broken pots and why the Romans disliked the very idea of it. And they take a look at some of the fundamental issues with democracy that still exist today. You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Rosie Rich Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Siefe Miyo and Isla Matthews Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

01 Jul 2022

56 MINS

56:22

01 Jul 2022


#87

The Bayeux Tapestry

Greg Jenner is joined by special guests Dr Janina Ramirez and Lou Sanders in 11th-century Europe to take a close look at the Bayeux Tapestry. They explore the history of this famous artefact which is in fact, not a tapestry at all! Who commissioned it, and more importantly who made it and where? Is the famous image of the death of Harold II accurate or have we been missing another part of the picture? What are the often overlooked margins of the Bayeux Tapestry trying to tell us and above all, how on earth has this extraordinary piece of history survived all these years? You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by John Mason Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Siefe Miyo Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

24 Jun 2022

55 MINS

55:11

24 Jun 2022


#86

Hatshepsut

Greg Jenner is joined by special guests Kemah Bob and Dr Campbell Price as they head back to Ancient Egypt to meet the unique and powerful ruler, Hatshepsut. She reigned for over 20 years, built a temple which is still admired today, had a ‘special’ relationship with statues and was one of the first rulers to focus on divinity rather than gender norms. So why did history try to erase her? You’re Dead To Me is a production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4. Research by Genevieve Johnson-Smith Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Project Management: Siefe Miyo Audio Producer: Abi Paterson ... Read more

17 Jun 2022

54 MINS

54:53

17 Jun 2022


#85

Frederick the Great of Prussia

Greg Jenner is joined by special guests Stephen Fry and Dr Bodie Ashton as they travel back to 18th-century Prussia to meet Frederick the Great. Widely known for making Prussia a military power while modernising and liberalising culture, Frederick was a complicated character, shaped by a tragic childhood ruled by his cruel father. We uncover why he wasn’t the greatest ally to neighbouring countries, and why forks enraged his father - and answer the crucial question of whether it's King of Prussia or King in Prussia. Written and produced by Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Assistant Producer: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow Research by Claudia Treacher Project Management: Siefe Miyo Audio Producer: Abi Paterson The Athletic production for BBC Radio 4 ... Read more

10 Jun 2022

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:13

10 Jun 2022


#84

Announcing Series 5

We’re back! Greg Jenner previews some of the topics and guest coming up in the new series of You're Dead To Me which starts on Friday 10 June. ... Read more

07 Jun 2022

01 MINS

01:20

07 Jun 2022


#83

Medieval Christmas

Greg and his guests Miles Jupp and Dr Eleanor Janega go back to the medieval Christmas for this one-off festive special. We look at the history and traditions that have thankfully continued through the ages, like gift-giving and stuffed wild boars (although numbers on stuffed wild boar we're told are down from previous years) and some that have mysteriously fallen off from the radar completely, like the masked carol singers and jellied eels. Research - Lloyd Roberts Script- Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner Project Management - Siefe Miyo Edit Producer - Cornelius Mendez ... Read more

17 Dec 2021

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:41

17 Dec 2021


#82

Zheng Yi Sao

Greg Jenner and guests Ria Lina and Prof Ronald C. Po navigate the life of one of the most successful pirates to have ever lived, Zheng Yi Sao. During the 18th century Qing dynasty, she led a huge and feared army of pirates, all without a parrot on her shoulder. Research: Will Clayton Script: Emma Nagouse, Will Clayton and Greg Jenner Project manager: Siefe Miyo Edit producer: Cornelius Mendez ... Read more

26 Nov 2021

53 MINS

53:56

26 Nov 2021


#81

Mary Wollstonecraft

Greg Jenner and his guests Dr Corin Throsby and Cariad Lloyd discuss the life and legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary was a successful ghostwriter, an advocate of human rights and a witty book critic who navigated the tumultuous 'Reign of Terror' in France, a treasure hunt and multiple heartbreaks. She is regarded by many as the 'mother of feminism', in large part due to her ground-breaking book, The Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Research: Chris Wakefield and Rosanna Evans Script: Emma Nagouse, Chris Wakefield and Greg Jenner Project manager: Siefe Miyo Edit producer: Cornelius Mendez ... Read more

19 Nov 2021

53 MINS

53:53

19 Nov 2021