History – United Kingdom – Recommended podcasts

  • What makes you a heretic? Journalist Andrew Gold believes that, in an age of group-think and tribes, we need heretics - those who use unconventional wisdom to speak out against their own groups, from cancelled comedians and radical feminists to cult defectors and vigilantes hunting deviants.

    Learn from my guests how to rebel, think differently and resist social contagion. From Triggernometry's Francis Foster and the world's most cancelled man Graham Linehan to ex-Hasidic Jew Julia Haart and gender critical atheist Richard Dawkins. These are the people living with the weight of their own community's disappointment on their shoulders.

  • From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.

  • The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the scope of this island at the edge of the world. And some of those desires are downright scandalous.

  • 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.

  • Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

  • Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more will be covered.

  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas, people and events that have shaped our world.

  • The History Extra podcast brings you gripping stories from the past and fascinating historical conversations with the world's leading historical experts.  
     
    Produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine, History Extra is a free history podcast, with episodes released six times a week. Subscribe now for the real stories behind your favourite films, TV shows and period dramas, as well as compelling insights into lesser-known aspects of the past. 
     
    We delve into global history stories spanning the ancient world right up to the modern day. You’ll hear deep dives into the lives of famous historical figures like Cleopatra, Anne Boleyn and Winston Churchill, and explorations of intriguing events from the past, such as the Salem witch trials, the battle of Waterloo and D-Day. 
     
    Expect fresh takes on history, helping you get to grips with the latest research, as we explore everything from ancient Roman archaeology and Viking mythology to Renaissance royals and Tudor kings and queens. 
     
    Our episodes touch on a wide range of historical eras –โ€ฏfrom the Normans and Saxons to the Stuarts, Victorians and the Regency period. We cover the most popular historical subjects, from the medieval world to the Second World War, but you’ll also hear conversations on lesser-known parts of our past, including black history and women’s history. 
     
    Looking at the history behind today’s headlines, we consider the forces that have shaped today’s world, from the imposing empires that dominated continents, to the revolutions that brought them crashing down. We also examine the impact of conflict across the centuries, from the crusades of the Middle Ages and the battles of the ancient Egyptians to World War One, World War Two and the Cold War.  
     
    Plus, we uncover the real history behind myths, legends and conspiracy theories, from the medieval murder mystery of the Princes in the Tower, to the assassination of JFK.  
     
    Featuring interviews with notable historians including Mary Beard, Tracy Borman, James Holland and Dan Jones, we cover a range of social, political and military history, with the aim to start conversations about some of the most fascinating areas of the past. 
    Unlock full access to HistoryExtra.com for 6 months for just 99p https://www.historyextra.com/join/

  • History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.


    If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at [email protected], we'd love to hear from you!

  • Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.

  • Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.

  • Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.

  • A compilation of the latest Witness History programmes.

  • In a country obsessed with gossip, the great and the good fear one thing more than any other - scandal.

    British scandals change the course of history. They bring down governments, overthrow the rich and cause the mighty to fall. Some are about sex, others about money. In the end, theyโ€™re all about power. 

    But often at the heart of a scandal, there are ordinary human stories. Stories of those caught up in the swirl of outrage. 

    Who was really to blame for what happened? Why did they do it? And when all is said and done, did anything really change?   

    From the creators of Business Wars, American Scandal and Ghost Story, comes British Scandal. Each week, hosts Alice Levine and Matt Forde delve into the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Profumo to the short-lived premiership of Liz Truss. Because sometimes the truth doesnโ€™t set everyone freeโ€ฆ

    Listen to British Scandal on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/british-scandal/ now.

  • English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, and brings the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

  • The 'on this day in history' podcast, with a new episode every single day. Featuring historical events that range from the Roman Empire to the World Wide Web, HistoryPod proves that there is always something to be remembered 'on this day'. Written and presented by Scott Allsop, creator of the award-winning www.mrallsophistory.com

  • The world’s most popular history podcast, with Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook.

    Join The Rest Is History Club (www.restishistorypod.com) for ad-free listening to the full archive, weekly bonus episodes, live streamed shows and access to an exclusive chatroom community.

    Here are some of our favourite episodes to get you started:

    WATERGATE/NIXON apple.co/3JrVl5h


    ALEXANDER THE GREAT apple.co/3Q4FaNk


    HARDCORE HISTORY'S DAN CARLIN apple.co/3vqkGa3


    PUTIN & RUSSIA apple.co/3zMtLfX

  • **Best New Podcast (Gold) at the British Podcast Awards 2020**


    What if you could glimpse into LGBTQIA+ life from decades ago? Since 1974 volunteers at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, have written notes in the charity's log books. Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Zmith are re-opening these pages today, to explore untold stories from Britainโ€™s queer history.


    Each episode explores a different theme from LGBTQIA+ life through log book entries, dozens of voices sharing their own memories, and conversations about being queer today.


    https://www.thelogbooks.org

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.


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  • Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: Ghost stories, lore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales, The A-Z of Curious Wales etc) - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history” - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, each episode explores at a different spine-chilling topic including: pesky poltergeists and uncanny apparitions; seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); real-life ghostbusters and paranormal investigators who hunt in the dark; Gothic funeral and wedding customs such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; supernatural animals who tour the streets, from the dreaded Gwyllgi to the mystical Ceffyl Dลตr; ancient tales of the Mabinogi/ Mabinogion and King Arthur; and the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids that continue to cast a spell over the land today.

  • Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks about everything from the Aztecs to witches, Velรกzquez to Shakespeare, Mughal India to the Mayflower. Not, in other words, just the Tudors, but most definitely also the Tudors.

    Each episode Suzannah is joined by historians and experts to reveal incredible stories about one of the most fascinating periods in history.