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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The Great Fire of London

Thursday 25th August 2016

Alexander Larman and Nicholas Kenyon discuss the events and legacy of the 1666 blaze, as we approach its 350th anniversary

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Terror in Elizabethan England

Thursday 25th June 2015

Jessie Childs talks about the Tudor suppression of Catholics in a lecture from our 2014 History Weekend.

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Waterloo 200 special

Thursday 18th June 2015

Julian Humphrys and Tim Blanning discuss Napoleon’s final defeat as we reach the bicentenary of the famous battle

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The real King John and the BBC in World War Two

Thursday 11th June 2015

Stephen Church and Marc Morris assess one of England’s most controversial monarchs, while Jonathan Dimbleby explores the corporation’s role in the fight against Nazi Germany.

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Queen Victoria at home and a new Civil War museum

Thursday 4th June 2015

Jane Ridley visits a former royal residence in the Isle of Wight, while Charlotte Hodgman takes a trip around a multi-million pound exploration of the mid-17th-century conflict.

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The Battle of the Bulge and children of the Holocaust

Thursday 28th May 2015

Antony Beevor talks to us about his new book on the Ardennes offensive, while Wendy Holden tells the story of three women who gave birth in Nazi captivity. 

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The history of India and a terrible explosion

Thursday 21st May 2015

Sunil Khilnani chats about his new BBC Radio 4 series Incarnations, while Brian Dillon discusses a 1916 tragedy in a munitions factory.

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Wolfson History Prize 2015 special

Thursday 14th May 2015

We speak to Alexander Watson and Richard Vinen about their prize-winning books on the First World War and national service. 

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VE Day special

Thursday 7th May 2015

Richard Overy describes the end of the Second World War, while Steve Humphries exhorts the wartime generation. 

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Magna Carta and the Holocaust

Thursday 30th April 2015

David Starkey opines on the Great Charter of 1215, while Dan Stone discusses the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. 

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Medieval universities and an unlikely friendship

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Hannah Skoda visits Merton College in Oxford to explore the history of education, while Anna Thomasson describes the relationship between the artist Rex Whistler and the writer Edith Olivier. 

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