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  • 🎧 The Sinking of the Lancastria

    On June 17, 1940, the British ocean liner, RMS Lancastria, was sunk during Operation Aerial.

    RMS Lancastria had sailed to the French port of St. Nazaire to aid in the evacuation of British and French soldiers, civil servants and British civilians after the fall of Dunkirk. The ship was loaded we...

  • 🎧 Special Effects

    The history of Special Effects β€” from stop motion to motion capture.

    In just over a century, we special effects have been subject to rapid innovation. What were the biggest breakthroughs? How did the digital revolution transform the industry? And, what does the future hold?

    Today on the show, w...

  • 🎧 The Invention of Sex Toys

    _CW: This episode is a bit saucier than normal with explicit sexual references and some swearing - if that isn’t your cup of tea or are listening with kids, please check out one of our past episodes instead_.

    It is fair to say, Sex Toys aren’t the taboo they once were. The stats show they are i...

  • 🎧 Digging up the 'Dark Ages'

    An extraordinary discovery has been unearthed by archaeologists working alongside the HS2 rail project. The find, made at an undisclosed location near Wendover in the Chilterns, consists of a 5th-6th century burial site that has been described as one of the most important post-Roman, early mediev...

  • 🎧 Sustainable Farming with the Radwans

    Have you ever thought about having a complete change in lifestyle, trading in the busy city hustle for more traditional way of life on a farm? The Radwans did exactly that, but with Halal principles. This week Jimmy is joined by Ruby and Lutfi Radwan, owners of Britain's First Organic Halal Farm....

  • 🎧 A Queen By Any Other Name

    Isabel Clara Eugenia was the heir to the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, but she was never crowned Queen. But despite this, her life provides a fascinating example of early modern female sovereignty, illustrating how benevolence, humility, wifely obedience and piety could be exercised to realise ...

  • 🎧 Sister Queens: Mary II and Anne

    To mark the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, June is Queenship month on Not Just the Tudors. Our series continues with a look at two of Britain’s less well-known monarchs - Queen Mary II and her sister Queen Anne. Both were highly competent and courageous Queens with fascinating public and...

  • 🎧 Nuclear Disasters

    In 2011, a 43-foot-high tsunami crashed into a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. In the following days, explosions would rip buildings apart, three reactors would go into nuclear meltdown, and the surrounding area would be swamped in radioactive water. It is now considered one of the costl...

  • 🎧 Treasures of The Royal Mint

    A history of British monarchs in coins. With a history stretching over 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has forged a fascinating story through the world of historic coins. As the second oldest mint in the world, and the oldest company in the UK, its history is entwined with the 61 monarchs who have ru...

  • 🎧 Strangers in Medieval Cities

    Between AD 1000 and 1500, European towns and cities started to take shape, impacting the lives of millions of people as different cultural, social and religious groups began to interact. But who was allowed to settle in a city and how was it decided who belonged?

    In this edition of Gone Medieval...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Identifying the Unmarked Graves

    Argentina surrendered to British forces in Port Stanley on the 14th of June 1982. The Falklands conflict was over. In the months after the fighting ended troops and their equipment shipped out, graves were dug and memorials were put up across the islands for those killed in battle. British milita...

  • 🎧 The Femme Fatale & The French President

    This is the story of Marguerite Steinheil, the woman who shook Paris at the turn of the 20th century with one scandal after the next…one of which involving the French president apparently dying in the midst of a sex act.

    Marguerite is an ambitious woman, but being born into a middle-class family...

  • 🎧 Lunar Rover

    The success of the Apollo Missions relied on hugely imaginative engineering. There is perhaps no better example of this than the first off-planet electric car, The Lunar Rover.

    Today on the show we ask: Why did we send a car to the moon? How did we design something for an environment we knew not...

  • 🎧 Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe

    In Early Modern Europe, Queens did not come fully formed. Rather, a series of rites, rituals and ceremonies transformed a hesitant bride into a fully fledged monarch. And beneath all of these contracts and customs were real live women, their emotions running high as they left behind their birth f...

  • 🎧 Food as a Weapon of War

    Russia has been accused of using food as a weapon of war in Ukraine, pushing up to 49 million people into famine.

    Further afield, Putin's war has affected food supply and prices around the world - as the 'breadbasket' region is vitally important to global grain production in particular.

    Sadly t...

  • 🎧 The Death of Alexander the Great: Explained

    Alexander the Great’s untimely death at Babylon in 323 BC triggered an unprecedented crisis across his continent-spanning empire.

    Within a couple of days, the very chamber in which he died witnessed a gore-soaked showdown between his previously united commanders and soldiers. Within a fortnight,...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Return to Mount Tumbledown

    The Battle of Mount Tumbledown was an attack by the British Army and the Royal Marines on the heights overlooking Stanley, the Falkland Islands' capital. One of a number of night battles that took place during the British advance towards Stanley, the battle led to British troops capturing all the...

  • 🎧 BDSM

    BDSM...It was around before Christian Grey you know.

    As long humans have existed, there have been kinky humans in the bedroom, enjoying erotic play featuring whips, corporal punishment, humiliation and more.

    Kate is joined Betwixt the Sheets by three special guests - a sadomasochistic historian...

  • 🎧 Discovered! A Royal Navy Shipwreck

    The wreck of one of the most famous ships of the 17th century - which sank 340 years ago while carrying the future King of England James Stuart - has been discovered off the coast of Norfolk in the UK, it can be revealed today.

    Since running aground on a sandbank on May 6, 1682, the wreck of the...

  • 🎧 The Wars of the Roses: The Uncrowned Queen

    Matt Lewis concludes his series on the Wars of the Roses with a look at a figure who is often divisive and misunderstood, despised or loved, but who might even be labelled as a winner, maybe the winner of the Wars of the Roses. Margaret Beaufort was the mother of Henry Tudor and the matriarch of ...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Memories of an Argentine Veteran

    Please note that this episode contains descriptions of conflict and torture that some may find distressing.

    When the British arrived on the Falklands Islands in 1982, they battled the Argentines. But on the other side, it was a very different story. For the young Argentine combatants, their grea...

  • 🎧 The Origins of Clothing

    Clothing has been essential for human evolution. From protection against changing climates, through to the driving force behind technological innovation in the production of fabrics and agriculture.
    In this episode, Tristan with the help of Ian Gilligan, delves deep into our prehistory to uncover...

  • 🎧 Moving to the Country

    London, LA, and Suffolk, an unexpected yet homely trio for author and Broadcaster Danny Wallace. Having escaped to the country just in time for the 2020 lockdowns a mere ten minutes up the road from friend and host Jimmy, Danny talks today about how he adapted to country life, and just how good t...

  • 🎧 King Christina of Sweden

    Not Just the Tudors’ month-long season on Queenship continues with a look at the fascinating Christina Varsa, who was crowned King of Sweden on 20 October 1650.

    Christina was one of the most learned women of the 17th century. She never married and after her abdication, she converted to Catholici...