You're Dead To Me

You're Dead To Me
The history podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

A message from Greg
Oct 9 • 4 min
Greg Jenner has news of Series 3 and shares some other listening recommendations.
The Egyptian Pyramids
Sep 11 • 53 min
Host Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Sarah Parcak and comedian Maria Shehata to learn all about the magnificent Egyptian pyramids. We discover how and why pyramids were built, who constructed them, and how space archeology can help us discover and protect…
Genghis Khan
Sep 4 • 49 min
Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Peter Frankopan and comedian Phil Wang in the 12th century to meet one of the most feared conquerors in world history, Genghis Khan. We find out why silk shirts weren’t just a fashion choice and how kittens were apparently…
Notting Hill Carnival
Aug 28 • 47 min
Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Meleisa Ono-George and comedian Nathan Caton to learn all about the roots of Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe. We follow the history from 18th century Trinidad to 21st century London, looking not…
Jack Sheppard
Aug 21 • 49 min
Host Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Lena Liapi and comedian Stu Goldsmith in 18th century London to examine the life of infamous criminal, Jack Sheppard. From his early years in the workhouses of Spitalfields, we follow Jack from carpentry…
The Haitian Revolution
Aug 14 • 51 min
Host Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Marlene Daut and comedian Athena Kugblenu to examine the events and aftermath of the Haitian revolution, the first nation to abolish slavery. We look at the life of revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture,…
Vampires in Gothic Literature
Aug 7 • 47 min
Host Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Corin Throsby and Comedian Ed Gamble to look at the role and development of vampire characters throughout 19th century Gothic literature and its continuing effect on pop culture today. Which vampire character is based on…
The Battle of Salamis
Jul 31 • 55 min
Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi to head back to 480BCE for one of history’s most notorious naval battles, The Battle of Salamis. On a journey through the events leading up to the battle and beyond we…
The Mughal Empire
Apr 3 • 54 min
Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi and comedian Sindhu Vee to explore The Mughal Empire and it’s legacy in art and architecture. We learn why an Emperor always needed to be wary of his siblings and how a zebra came to cause…
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Mar 27 • 49 min
Greg Jenner is joined by historian Gabby Storey and comedian Rachel Parris to take a look at the action-packed life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was the only woman ever to be queen of both England and France. She took to the seas on a crusade and packed…
The History of Chocolate
Mar 20 • 49 min
Greg Jenner is joined by chocolate historian Alex Hutchinson and British TV legend Richard Osman to explore the culinary and cultural history of chocolate - Britain’s favourite confectionery. Just what did the Maya use to flavour their cacao? How did…
Josephine Baker
Mar 13 • 49 min
Greg Jenner is joined by historical expert Dr Michell Chresfield and comedian Desiree Burch to travel to 1920s Paris and meet the phenomenal Josephine Baker. Josephine Baker was a renowned performer and entertainer, a civil rights activist and even a spy…
The Ancient Olympics
Mar 6 • 47 min
Greg Jenner and his guests Prof Michael Scott and comedian Shappi Khorsandi limber up for a trip to The Ancient Olympics. Discover the drastic measures taken to prevent women watching the action. Hear how the gruelling challenges brought a whole new…
The Mayflower
Mar 6 • 48 min
Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Misha Ewen and comedian Alex Edelman to take a trip back in time and across the Atlantic with the passengers of The Mayflower. They ask all the most pertinent questions: What would you pack for a journey to a new…
Mary Shelley
Feb 28 • 48 min
Greg Jenner is joined by literary expert Dr Corin Throsby and comedian Lauren Pattison to explore the often turbulent life of literary icon Mary Shelley. Join us as we all question our life achievements while discussing the groundbreaking work Mary…
Feb 28 • 47 min
Greg Jenner is joined by the brilliant comedian Tim Minchin and Palaeolithic archaeologist Dr Becky Wragg Sykes as they take us way back in time to visit the mysterious world of Neanderthals. Just who were the Neanderthals? Were they the squat caveman…
You’re Dead To Me 2
Feb 25 • 5 min
We’re back! Greg Jenner looks ahead to the new series and back at some highlights from series one.
The Victorian Christmas
Dec 13, 2019 • 47 min
Why do we celebrate Christmas with cards, crackers and a tree? Join us as we travel back and explore the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas. Just who the Dickens had the idea to bring trees indoors? Can a soft-drinks firm really take…
The History of General Elections
Nov 21, 2019 • 48 min
You’re Dead To Me returns for a special episode on The History of General Elections. Welcome to the world of “bludgeon men”, “potwallopers”, and electorates of sheep (!). Travel back to the 18th Century, when Number 10 was number 5 (yes, really) and…
Oct 25, 2019 • 44 min
You might have learned about Richard the Lionheart in school (or from Disney’s Robin Hood), but how much do you know about his opponent, the legendary Saladin? Why does Saladin have such an enduring reputation as a good guy? Host Greg Jenner is joined by…
The Witch Craze
Oct 21, 2019 • 47 min
Discover the truth behind the European Witch Craze. Far from the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, discover how one book turned the world upside down as a disgruntled patriarchy murdered thousands of innocent women. Join Greg Jenner, comedian Cariad…
Lord Byron
Oct 18, 2019 • 47 min
Was Lord Byron the original celebrity? He might have been, you know. You should hear about the “things” that his fans sent him in the post! Find out the truth behind the first boy ever described as, “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. Greg Jenner is joined…
Oct 11, 2019 • 46 min
Greg Jenner digs into the history and mystery surrounding Stonehenge. Is it really the symbol of fertility and scene of sacrifice it’s portrayed to be, and what part of Stonehenge is the henge exactly? Featuring podcasting legend Richard Herring alongside…
The Aztecs
Oct 4, 2019 • 45 min
Travel back to the land of the Aztecs to discover that they’re not that dissimilar to the Tudors, but with more human sacrifices. Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Joel Dommett and historian Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock to ask just how much food can be…
Joan of Arc
Sep 27, 2019 • 47 min
Delusion or divine intervention? Learn about Joan of Arc’s super sewing skills, her badass credentials, and the story of why it took nearly half a century for her to become a saint. If you think it’s tough being a woman now, find out what it was like in…
Young Napoleon
Sep 23, 2019 • 46 min
Never mind the famous battles, who was the real Napoleon? Where did he come from? What events conspired to turn him from a young Corsican officer to one of history’s greatest figures? How intense was his relationship with his wife Josephine? What part of…
Justinian and Theodora
Sep 20, 2019 • 48 min
Forget Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justinian and Theodora were the power couple of the Byzantine era. From withstanding riots to protecting women’s rights, how did a woman from such humble beginnings (and who did *that* with a swan…) fall in love with one of the…
Mansa Musa
Sep 20, 2019 • 45 min
Who was Mansa Musa and how did he become the world’s richest man… ever? What did he do with his wealth? And why did everyone around him keep dying? Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Athena Kugblenu and historian and director of the Smithsonian National…
LGBTQ History
Sep 20, 2019 • 47 min
From Molly Houses to secret diaries, discover the real-life stories that make up the history of the LGBT community. Greg is joined by comedian Suzie Ruffell and Dr Justin Bengry, historian and creator of the world’s first masters degree in Queer History.…
Sep 13, 2019 • 44 min
Timbers are shivering as Greg Jenner digs down on the legendary pirate, Blackbeard. Why did Blackbeard blockade a small town while scratching himself in frustration? How many wives is too many wives? And what exactly did he put in his beard? He’s joined…
The History of Football
Sep 13, 2019 • 46 min
Where did football come from? Was it really invented in China or is the truth a little closer to home? Why was knife crime such a problem for football hundreds of years ago? And what’s the real truth behind the history of the women’s game? Public…
Harriet Tubman
Sep 13, 2019 • 46 min
We are heading down to the Underground Railroad to discover the incredible life of American hero and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. From a torturous childhood to surgery without anaesthetic, get ready to understand true bravery as we uncover the events…
The Spartans
Sep 13, 2019 • 46 min
Greg is joined by comedian and king of the I’m a Celebrity jungle Joel Dommett and Warwick University classics professor Michael Scott as the trio charge headlong into the legend of the Spartans. As they debunk the myths within the movie, 300, find out…
Sep 13, 2019 • 45 min
Greg Jenner and his guests discuss the important questions surrounding Queen Boudica including: Is she a feminist icon? How do you pronounce her name? And was she really ginger? Get ready to forget everything you thought you knew about Boudica and learn…
Welcome to You’re Dead To Me
Sep 12, 2019 • 2 min
Greg Jenner introduces his new history podcast for people who don’t like history or who forgot to learn any at school.