History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It's free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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This week's podcast

Cornwell on Shakespeare

Thursday 14th December 2017

Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, set in the world of Elizabethan theatre

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Queen Victoria behind closed doors

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Jane Ridley reveals some lesser-known aspects of the 19th-century monarch’s life in a talk from our 2017 Victorians Day event

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Friends or enemies? Anglo-French relations

Thursday 24th August 2017

Historians Fabrice Bensimon and Renaud Morieux consider the complex relationship between France and Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries

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Migrating to Britain

Monday 21st August 2017

Clair Wills explores the lives of people from across the globe who moved to Britain after the Second World War

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The Jarrow March

Thursday 17th August 2017

Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment and offers comparisons with modern Britain

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Witchcraft through the ages

Monday 14th August 2017

Historian Ronald Hutton reveals how the witch has been a symbol of fear across the globe for more than 2,000 years

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Icelandic murder mystery

Thursday 10th August 2017

Dylan Howitt, director of new BBC Four documentary Out of Thin Air, explores a remarkable criminal investigation from 1970s Iceland

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China in World War Two

Monday 7th August 2017

Hans van de Ven and Rana Mitter discuss China’s role in the Second World War and the connections to the country’s communist revolution

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The Koh-i-Noor

Thursday 3rd August 2017

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand delve into the history of one of the world’s most infamous gemstones

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Living through Partition

Monday 31st July 2017

Kavita Puri talks about her new BBC Radio 4 series Partition Voices, which charts the turbulent birth of India and Pakistan

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The lost objects of South Asia

Thursday 27th July 2017

Kanishk Tharoor talks about the latest series of BBC Radio’s Museum of Lost Objects, which explores the heritage of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

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