You're Dead To Me

You're Dead To Me

By BBC Radio 4

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.

Episodes

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 Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Scripted by Greg Jenner Researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie Randall A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
05/12/2028m 52s

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 Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Script by Greg Jenner Research by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
01/12/2029m 31s

Harriet Tubman (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Desiree Burch and historian Dr Michell Chresfield to explore the life of the American hero and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. From a torturous childhood to surgery without anaesthetic, get ready to understand true bravery as we uncover the events which made Harriet Tubman a phenomenal force for change. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez. Scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.
28/11/2028m 51s

Young Napoleon (Radio Edit)

Never mind the famous battles, who was the real Napoleon and what events turned him from a young Corsican officer to one of history’s greatest figures? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Dan Schreiber and historian Dr Laura O’Brien. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Script and research by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
21/11/2029m 19s

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.
21/11/2029m 2s

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 Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Script by Greg Jenner Research by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh Daniels A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
14/11/2029m 14s

Blackbeard (Radio Edit)

Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Stu Goldsmith and historian Dr Rebecca Simon for a hilarious look at the life of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Produced by Dan Morelle and Cornelius Mendez Scripted by Greg Jenner Researched by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4.
14/11/2028m 59s

A message from Greg

Greg Jenner has news of Series 3 and shares some other listening recommendations.
09/10/204m 35s

The Joe Wicks Podcast: Teaser Episode

Joe Wicks wants to know: What’s the one thing that makes life better? Joe loves finding ways to boost his mental and physical health, so he’s asking some of his inspiring mates about their secret to physical and mental happiness. Whether it’s a high-intensity cycle, a freezing cold shower or a cheeky power nap, every guest will share the one thing that works for them. This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy. Subscribe to The Joe Wicks Podcast now on BBC Sounds.
28/09/2010m 54s

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.
11/09/2053m 3s

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.
04/09/2049m 50s

Notting Hill Carnival

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Meleisa Ono-George and comedian Nathan Caton to learn all about the roots of Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe. We follow the history from 18th century Trinidad to 21st century London, looking not just at how carnival traditions have changed and developed into a world famous annual celebration but how they helped empower a generation to stand together against the racial injustice they faced in the UK.
28/08/2047m 3s

Jack Sheppard

Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Lena Liapi and comedian Stu Goldsmith in 18th century London to examine the life of infamous criminal, Jack Sheppard. From his early years in the workhouses of Spitalfields, we follow Jack from carpentry apprentice to infamous escape artist and renowned criminal as he became one of the earliest examples of London celebrity.
21/08/2049m 47s

The Haitian Revolution

Host Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Marlene Daut and comedian Athena Kugblenu to examine the events and aftermath of the Haitian revolution, the first nation to abolish slavery. We 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.
14/08/2051m 18s

Vampires in Gothic Literature

Host Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Corin Throsby and Comedian Ed Gamble to look at the role and development of vampire characters throughout 19th century Gothic literature and its continuing effect on pop culture today. Which vampire character is based on infamous bad boy Lord Byron? Who was the first vampire character to have fangs? And in case you ever need to know, just how many ways are there to kill a vampire?
07/08/2047m 40s

The Battle of Salamis

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi to head back to 480BCE for one of history’s most notorious naval battles, The Battle of Salamis. On a journey through the events leading up to the battle and beyond we will hear about one of the most inventive methods ever used to cross a body of water, one of the most unusual deaths ever recorded and why sometimes it pays to give water a jolly good telling off.
31/07/2055m 4s

We’ll be back soon!

Greg Jenner has news about the return of You're Dead To Me and presents an episode of his other podcast, Homeschool History.
20/07/2016m 10s

Introducing You'll Do

Comedians and real-life couple Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth bring highlights from their podcast that asks what makes relationships work. Forget the idealised romance of Hollywood movies, relationships are complex and unpredictable. And someone they're just really, really hard. You'll Do celebrates the nitty gritty, the ups and the downs, and the peculiarities of building a life with other people. Subscribe now and discover how the likes of Nish Kumar, Deborah Frances-White, Joe Lycett and Jayde Adams continue to say yeah... you'll do. A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4.
09/06/209m 31s

Introducing Homeschool History

Join Greg Jenner for his new series of fun history lessons for all the family. Full of facts and jokes, the podcast brings to life a broad range of historical topics.
20/04/201m 31s

We'll be back soon...

Greg Jenner has some news about You're Dead To Me and his new podcast, Homeschool History.
10/04/202m 36s

The Mughal Empire

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi and comedian Sindhu Vee to explore The Mughal Empire and it’s 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
03/04/2054m 9s

Eleanor of Aquitaine

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?
27/03/2049m 39s

The History of Chocolate

Greg Jenner is joined by chocolate historian Alex Hutchinson and British TV legend Richard Osman to explore the culinary and cultural history of chocolate - Britain's favourite confectionery. Just what did the Maya use to flavour their cacao? How did cacao become chocolate and find its way into our shops and hearts? And why did a family feud change the entire branding of a much loved chocolate bar? A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
20/03/2049m 49s

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
13/03/2049m 44s

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.
06/03/2047m 39s

The Mayflower

Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Misha Ewen and comedian Alex Edelman to take a trip back in time and across the Atlantic with the passengers of The Mayflower. They ask all the most pertinent questions. What would you pack for a journey to a new world? What’s a great name for a baby born at sea? And just why is a journey that was objectively a gigantic failure held in such high regard in American culture? A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
06/03/2048m 14s

Mary Shelley

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 us 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.
28/02/2048m 23s

Neanderthals

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 mysterious world of Neanderthals. Just who were the Neanderthals? Were they the squat caveman archetypes we’ve come to know in pop culture? Did they really shout “Ug” at the moon? Or have we misunderstood them entirely? Join the team as we discover there is so much more to those handsome, hench beings that walked the Earth before us.
28/02/2047m 26s

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.
25/02/205m 46s

The Victorian Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas with cards, crackers and a tree? Join us as we travel back and explore the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas. Just who the Dickens had the idea to bring trees indoors? Can a soft-drinks firm really take credit for Father Christmas’s red suit? And why did the Victorians send each other such bizarre Christmas cards? Greg Jenner is joined in the studio by historian Dr Fern Riddell and comedian Russell Kane. Produced by Cornelius Mendez Scripted and researched by Greg Jenner A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
13/12/1947m 58s

The History of General Elections

You’re Dead To Me returns for a special episode on The History of General Elections. Welcome to the world of “bludgeon men”, “potwallopers”, and electorates of sheep (!). Travel back to the 18th Century, when Number 10 was number 5 (yes, really) and discover not just how voter rights have changed, but where they originated. Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Hannah Nicholson and comedian Catherine Bohart.
22/11/1948m 16s

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.
25/10/1944m 46s

The Witch Craze

Discover the truth behind the European Witch Craze. Far from the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, discover how one book turned the world upside down as a disgruntled patriarchy murdered thousands of innocent women. Join Greg Jenner, comedian Cariad Lloyd and historian Prof Suzannah Lipscomb. It’s history for people who don’t like history! Produced by Dan Morelle Script and research by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie Randall A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
21/10/1947m 20s

Lord Byron

Was Lord Byron the original celebrity? He might have been, you know. You should hear about the “things” that his fans sent him in the post! Find out the truth behind the first boy ever described as, "mad, bad and dangerous to know". Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Ed Gamble and historian Dr Corin Throsby. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse.
18/10/1947m 38s

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 Morelle Script by Greg Jenner Research by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
11/10/1946m 40s

The Aztecs

Travel back to the land of the Aztecs to discover that they’re not that dissimilar to the Tudors, but with more human sacrifices. 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? It’s history for people who don’t like history! Produced by Dan Morelle Script by Greg Jenner Research by Emma Nagouse assisted by Josh Daniels A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
04/10/1945m 27s

Joan of Arc

Delusion or divine intervention? Learn about Joan of Arc’s super sewing skills, her badass credentials, and the story of why it took nearly half a century for her to become a saint. If you think it’s tough being a woman now, find out what it was like in 1400s France. Joining historian Greg Jenner to learn about Joan is comedian Catherine Bohart, of The Mash Report, and Dr Helen Castor, medieval historian and author of The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.
27/09/1947m 59s

Young Napoleon

Never mind the famous battles, who was the real Napoleon? Where did he come from? What events conspired to turn him from a young Corsican officer to one of history’s greatest figures? How intense was his relationship with his wife Josephine? What part of his body was recreated in plaster, and how much was somebody willing to pay for it? And just how did one man manufacture his own hype way before the days of social media? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Dan Schreiber and historian Dr Laura O’Brien. It’s history for people who don’t like history! Produced by Dan Morelle Script and research by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
23/09/1946m 6s

Justinian and Theodora

Forget Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justinian and Theodora were the power couple of the Byzantine era. From withstanding riots to protecting women’s rights, how did a woman from such humble beginnings (and who did *that* with a swan…) fall in love with one of the most powerful men of the time and secure her place in the history books? Join public historian Greg Jenner, comedian Shappi Khorsandi and historian Prof Peter Frankopan.
20/09/1948m 11s

Mansa Musa

Who was Mansa Musa and how did he become the world’s richest man… ever? What did he do with his wealth? And why did everyone around him keep dying? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Athena Kugblenu and historian and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Dr Augustus Caseley-Hayford OBE. 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 Josh Daniels.
20/09/1945m 54s

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 Morelle Scripted and researched by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
20/09/1947m 14s

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 Morelle Scripted by Greg Jenner Researched by Emma Nagouse A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
13/09/1944m 33s

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 Morelle Scripted by Greg Jenner Researched by Emma Nagouse, assisted by Eszter Szabo and Evie Randall A Muddy Knees Media production for BBC Radio 4
13/09/1946m 20s

Harriet Tubman

We are heading down to the Underground Railroad to discover the incredible life of American hero and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. From a torturous childhood to surgery without anaesthetic, get ready to understand true bravery as we uncover the events which made Harriet Tubman a phenomenal force for change. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian, actor and writer Desiree Burch and historian Dr Michell Chresfield from the University of Birmingham. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle, scripted by Greg Jenner and researched by Emma Nagouse.
13/09/1946m 14s

The Spartans

Greg is joined by comedian and king of the I’m a Celebrity jungle Joel Dommett and Warwick University classics professor Michael Scott as the trio charge headlong into the legend of the Spartans. As they debunk the myths within the movie, 300, find out why even burly Spartans wouldn’t fight in just a leather nappy. Why did Spartan women have it so much better than other women in Ancient Greece? And what colour cape would Joel demand to wear if sent into battle? It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Greg Jenner.
13/09/1946m 35s

Boudica

Greg Jenner and his guests discuss the important questions surrounding Queen Boudica including: Is she a feminist icon? How do you pronounce her name? And was she really ginger? Get ready to forget everything you thought you knew about Boudica and learn what it was really like when the Romans invaded. Featuring comedian, author and actress Sara Pascoe, known for QI, Have I Got News For You, and W1A among many other shows, and historian Dr Emma Southon, specialist in Roman history and co-host of the History is Sexy podcast. It’s history for people who don’t like history! This episode was produced by Dan Morelle and scripted and researched by Greg Jenner.
13/09/1945m 13s

Welcome to You're Dead To Me

Greg Jenner introduces his new history podcast for people who don’t like history or who forgot to learn any at school.
12/09/192m 56s
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