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

England’s bloody Reformation

Thursday 18th May 2017

Professor Peter Marshall reveals why England was beset with violence in the decades following Henry VIII’s break from Rome

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The amazing history of Egypt

Thursday 7th January 2016

Joann Fletcher describes Egypt’s remarkable story, from the pyramids to Cleopatra

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Victorian bakers and the Leningrad symphony

Thursday 31st December 2015

Alex Langlands offers insights into 19th-century bread making, while Tom Service tells the remarkable story of an orchestra who defied the Nazis

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2015 Christmas history quiz

Thursday 24th December 2015

Test your trivia knowledge with our podcast pub quiz. The questions have been devised by QI’s Justin Pollard

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Britain’s railways and the Titanic

Thursday 17th December 2015

Simon Bradley describes Britain's rail revolution, while Aidan McMichael guides us around the shipyard that built Titanic

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A history of red hair and amazing animals

Thursday 10th December 2015

Jacky Colliss Harvey explores thousands of years of red-headedness, while Stephen Moss chats about his new book, Natural Histories

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The Battle of the Atlantic and the history of Spain

Thursday 3rd December 2015

Jonathan Dimbleby describes the pivotal World War Two naval clash, while Marion Milne talks about a new BBC Four series on Spain through the ages

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Shakespeare in 1606 and Olympic swimmers

Thursday 26th November 2015

James Shapiro explores a key year in the life of England’s greatest playwright, while Julie Checkoway tells the story of a remarkable group of athletes in the mid-20th century

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The Peasants’ Revolt and a Cold War spy

Thursday 19th November 2015

Melvyn Bragg introduces his historical novel on the 14th-century uprising, while Andrew Lownie describes the remarkable career of Guy Burgess

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Ancient Rome special

Thursday 12th November 2015

Mary Beard talks about her new book SPQR, while Robert Harris discusses the Roman statesman Cicero

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The end of the Cold War and British culture

Thursday 5th November 2015

Robert Service describes how Reagan and Gorbachev improved east-west relations, while Dominic Sandbrook chats about his new BBC TV series Let Us Entertain You

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