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BBC History - British

 
  • Churchill Remembered
    by Mark Jones
    Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
    4.30 (11 ratings)
    'We Churchills die at forty,' said Winston in 1908, 'and I want to put something more on the slate before then.' By the time he died in 1965, the slate was full. From his earliest days Churchill was an ambitious character, eager for action. He achieved fame and popularity through his dispatches from the Boer War, and in 1900 was elected MP for Oldham. Until the outbreak of war in 1939 Churchill was loved and loathed in equal measure.
  • The Battle of Britain: From the BBC Archives
    by Mark Jones
    Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
    4.70 (19 ratings)
    First-hand accounts featuring the RAF pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain - one of the chief turning points of World War Two. 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' - Winston Churchill The 'Few' were the nearly 3,000 RAF pilots who fought against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, which raged in the skies over southern England and the English Channel in the summer of 1940.
  • Farewell to Winston
    Narrated by Nicholas Witchell
    4.60 (5 ratings)
    Nicholas Witchell presents the BBC Radio 4 programme that marked the final farewell to a great statesman. 'A remarkable documentary capturing the day when the people of London paid their respects at Churchill's funeral' (The Independent). Nicholas Witchell remembers the winter's day on 30th January 1965 when the sleet fell and a generation who had lived and served through the Second World War lost an iconic leader.
  • The BBC War Reports: The Second World War on Air
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by Richard Baker
    4.60 (20 ratings)
    The story of the Second World War told by former BBC newsreader Richard Baker, with original recordings from the BBC. From Neville Chamberlain's historic declaration of war on Germany in 1939 to the sounds of rejoicing crowds on VJ Day in August 1945, the BBC - regarded at home and abroad as the very voice of Britain and the world's most trusted broadcaster - brought the full picture to an attentive nation.
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  • The BBC War Reports: The Second World War: The Home Front
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by Richard Baker
    4.80 (25 ratings)
    In this remarkable collection of BBC recordings, we hear what the people of the Home Front listened to as they lived, loved, laughed and worked through the dark days of World War Two; from the stirring speeches and air-raid sirens, to the humour and music that helped to keep them smiling through.
  • The Dynasties, Volume 1: This Sceptred Isle
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    3.90 (7 ratings)
    Anna Massey tells the story of some of the ambitious families who helped shape the history of the British Isles and have wielded power behind the scenes for the past 1000 years. The Dynasties relates how the loyalties of this privileged elite, many of whom are older than the monarchy itself, were tested and rewarded: it also uncovers a multitude of murderous plots, bloody battles, adulteries, intrigues and shocking executions. In this first volume, three powerful houses are examined.
  • This Sceptred Isle, Volume 1: 55 BC-1087 Julius Caesar to William the Conqueror (Unabridged)
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.40 (93 ratings)
    Volume 1, covering the years 55BC to 1087, tells the beginning of the story: 400 years of peace for the island of Britannia under the Romans before a plunge into the Dark Ages and the invasion of those who would become the English: Angles, Saxons, Danes and Norwegians.
  • This Sceptred Isle, Volume 2: 1087-1327 The Making of the Nation (Unabridged)
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (54 ratings)
    Volume 2 covers the years 1087 to 1327, a time of wars between the English and the Scots, of Crusades and of civil war. Yet in amongst the fighting lay the foundations of the modern state: the Magna Carta and the calling of the first parliament.
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  • This Sceptred Isle, Volume 3: 1327-1547 The Black Prince to Henry V (Unabridged)
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (45 ratings)
    Volume 3, covering the years 1327 to 1547, takes us through a bloody and turbulent time in English history: the Hundred Years' War with France, the Peasants' Revolt, the triumph of Henry V at Agincourt, the Wars of the Roses, and, of course, the reign of the larger-than-life Henry VIII.
  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 4: 1547-1660 Elizabeth I to Cromwell
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (45 ratings)
    Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. From foreign invasions and war to economic crises and social revolution, this is a compelling journey through centuries of dramatic change. Volume 4, covering the years 1547 to 1660, describes some momentous events: the long reign of Elizabeth I; the personal union of England and Scotland under her successor, James VI and I; and, of course, the Civil War.
  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 5: 1660-1702 Restoration & Glorious Revolution
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (31 ratings)
    Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. Volume 5, covering the years 1660 to 1702, is about great change: the restoration of the monarchy, the Great Plague, the Great Fire in the nation's capital, and, following the immense unpopularity of James II's Catholicism, a ruler from a different country on the throne, William of Orange.
  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 6: 1702-1760 The First British Empire
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.30 (23 ratings)
    Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. Volume 6, covering the years 1702 to 1760, looks at several firsts: the reign of the first Hanoverian king, George I; the man known as Britain's first prime minister, Robert Walpole; the first renditions of 'Rule Britannia' and 'God Save the King'; and, importantly, the first appearance of gin!
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  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 7: 1760-1792 The Age of Revolutions
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.30 (18 ratings)
    Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. Volume 7, covering the years 1760 to 1792, describes the impact of developments in the world outside Britain: revolution in America created a new nation and, in France, changed the face of Europe. At home, George III battles to establish the constitutional monarchy we know today.
  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 8: 1792-1815 Nelson, Wellington, & Napoleon
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.20 (21 ratings)
    Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. From foreign invasions and war to economic crises and social revolution, this is a compelling journey through centuries of dramatic change.Volume 8 covers the years 1792 to 1815, a time of war all over Europe, which created national heroes out of Nelson and Wellington as they battled against Napoleon.
  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 9: 1815-1837 Regency & Reform
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (20 ratings)
    Christopher Lee's history of Britain provides the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation. Volume 9, covering the years 1815 till 1837, describes a period of prosperity, wit, and elegance, as well as scandal, change, and social ferment. The Duke of Wellington became prime minister, Sir Robert Peel began the Metropolitan Police, and slavery was abolished in the British Empire.
  • This Sceptred Isle Volume 10: 1837-1901 The Age of Victoria
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (24 ratings)
    Volume 10 covers the years 1837 to 1901: the Victorian Age. The Queen's 64-year reign oversaw huge social changes, wrought by Palmerston, Gladstone, and Disraeli; Dickens, Trollope, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gilbert and Sullivan; the first bicycle and the first electric light bulb.
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  • This Sceptred Isle: Empire, Volume 1: 1155-1783
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
    4.20 (35 ratings)
    Britain had the biggest empire the world has ever known. At one time a quarter of the global land mass was British. Over a third of the world was insured at Lloyds. At his coronation, more than 400 million people saluted George V. Truly, the sun never set on this historical phenomenon. Whatever the day, whatever the hour, somewhere on the globe, the empire worked and played the British game, often absurdly so.
  • This Sceptred Isle: Empire, Volume 2: 1783 - 1876
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by various
    4.30 (26 ratings)
    This is Volume 2 of the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Christopher Lee's highly-acclaimed and award-winning BBC Radio 4 series. BBC Radio 4's monumental history of Britain picks up the story of the British Empire at the point where the American colonies have become the United States of America with their triumph over General Cornwallis and the British army at Yorktown in 1781. These are the years when British influence grew steadily around the globe.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Dynasties Volume 2
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.00 (5 ratings)
    Anna Massey tells the story of some of the ambitious families who helped shape the history of the British Isles and have wielded power behind the scenes for the past 1000 years. The Dynasties relates how the loyalties of this privileged elite, many of whom are older than the monarchy itself, were tested and rewarded: it also uncovers a multitude of murderous plots, bloody battles, adulteries, intrigues and shocking executions.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Dynasties Volume 4
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    Anna Massey tells the story of some of the ambitious families who helped shape the history of the British Isles and have wielded power behind the scenes for the past 1000 years. The Dynasties relates how the loyalties of this privileged elite, many of whom are older than the monarchy itself, were tested and rewarded: it also uncovers a multitude of murderous plots, bloody battles, adulteries, intrigues and shocking executions.
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  • This Sceptred Isle: The Dynasties, Volume 3
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    Anna Massey tells the story of some of the ambitious families who helped shape the history of the British Isles and have wielded power behind the scenes for the past 1000 years. The Dynasties relates how the loyalties of this privileged elite, many of whom are older than the monarchy itself, were tested and rewarded: it also uncovers a multitude of murderous plots, bloody battles, adulteries, intrigues and shocking executions.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century 1901-1919
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    4.50 (24 ratings)
    Continuing the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series of the story of Britain, from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. Christopher Lee's history of Britain, This Sceptred Isle, provided the definitive radio account of the nation form the arrival of Julius Caesar to the death of Queen Victoria.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century 1919-1939 (Unabridged)
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    4.40 (20 ratings)
    Volume 2, covering the years 1919-1939, looks at a Britain ravaged by war and at the mercy of millions of striking workers. It also takes in the lighter side of life in the 1920s and 30s, including the first loaf of bread going on sale and the glory days of Fred Perry.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century 1939-1959 (Unabridged)
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    4.20 (20 ratings)
    Volume 3, covering the years 1939-1959, takes a global perspective. Following the horrors of the Second World War, which culminated with the horrific bombing of Hiroshima and the onset of the Cold War, came the beginnings of popular culture: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and the Mini.
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  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century 1959-1979
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    4.60 (22 ratings)
    Volume 4, covering the years 1959-1979, includes the erection of the Berlin Wall, putting the first man on the moon, the Vietnam War, and the astonishing success of a young man called Cassius Clay. Closer to home, the Beatles generated worldwide hysteria and Profumo caused a scandal.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century 1979-1999
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    4.10 (7 ratings)
    Volume 5, covering the years 1979-1999, looks at the Thatcher years, the Falklands War, and the greatest ever Royal wedding. Beyond Britain, Mikhail Gorbachev was influencing world affairs and, back in the nation's capital, a dome was being built to celebrate the approaching millennium.
  • This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century 1979-1999 (Unabridged)
    by Christopher Lee
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Robert Powell
    4.40 (14 ratings)
    Volume 5, covering the years 1979-1999, looks at the Thatcher years, the Falklands War and the greatest ever Royal Wedding. Beyond Britain Gorbachev was influencing world affairs and, back in the nation's capital, a dome was being built to celebrate the approaching millennium.
  • A History of the Brain: Complete Series
    by Geoff Bunn
    Narrated by Paul Bhattacharjee, Jonathan Forbes
    3.50 (6 ratings)
    Dr. Geoff Bunn presents a journey through 5,000 years of our understanding of the most complex thing in the known universe: the brain, in this major ten-part BBC Radio 4 series.Human beings have long been fascinated by the brain and how it fulfils its many functions. This groundbreaking cultural history explores the development of our ideas about the mind from Neolithic times to the present day.
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  • The Day Jesus Rode into Bristol
    by Mark Whitaker
    Narrated by Mark Whitaker
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    In October 1656 a man called James Nayler, one of the prominent early Quakers, rode into Bristol, dressed in white and accompanied by women followers. It was a provocative mock-up of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The government of the country then ground to a halt for nearly two months as Oliver Cromwell and Parliament tried to decide what to do with him. This entertaining and informative programme explores what happened next.
  • The Strange Case of Oliver Cromwell's Head
    by Mark Whitaker
    Narrated by Mark Whitaker
    4.50 (4 ratings)
    September 3rd 2008 marked the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's death - but his severed head was only finally put to rest in 1960. This is the extraordinary story of what happened to it.
  • Voices of the Powerless: A Journey Beyond the Seas: McQuarrie Harbour, Tasmania, Transportation and the Colonisation of Australia
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg voyages to Tasmania to find out what a sentence of transportation to Van Diemen's Land really meant to those who survived the journey 'beyond the seas'. We hear the forgotten voices of people such as Joseph Lingard, a respectable Derbyshire man who was wrongfully convicted of the theft of a door-latch, and explore the destinies of the many thousands of British convicts whose forced labour shaped the first 80 years of the Australian colony.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Below Decks and Boney: The Royal Naval Dockyards, Chatham, Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    3.60 (5 ratings)
    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg travels to the historic dockyard of Chatham to explore the life of a seaman in Nelson's navy. Our popular image of the 18th century sailor below decks is one of a downtrodden, press-ganged man who was a victim of regular beatings. While Bragg finds some evidence to support this view, he also discovers that for many working-class men a career on board ship was an opportunity for a better life.
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  • Voices of the Powerless: Boils and Buboes: Salisbury and the Great Plague
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with 'Voices of the Powerless', the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. We are extremely lucky to have an exceptional eyewitness account of a plague outbreak in the city of Salisbury in 1627 - related by John Ivie, a Salisbury alderman.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Castles and Cruelty: York, William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with 'Voices of the Powerless', the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. In the decade following the conquest, the north of England was one of the main focuses of rebellion. As a result, northerners suffered the retribution which William's men inflicted - the so-called 'harrying of the North', which began in 1069.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Civil War: The Siege of Chester: Chester, Charles I and Oliver Cromwell
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with 'Voices of the Powerless', the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. At the beginning of his reign, King Charles I faced a perennial problem for English monarchs, how to raise the money and resources needed to wage war.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Coal and Dole: Merthyr Tydfil, Coal Mining and the Depression
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    3.70 (3 ratings)
    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg visits Merthyr Tydfil to look at the plight of the miners in the Depression. The industrial communities of South Wales, built first on iron smelting in the 18th century, and coal in the 19th, had known great prosperity. Merthyr Tydfil was once the largest town in Wales, and in 1914, 250,000 men worked on the South Wales coalfield. But the disastrous effects of the Wall Street Crash, combined with industrial unrest, left towns like Merthyr Tydfil a mere shadow of its former self.
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  • Voices of the Powerless: Man and Manufacture: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, and the Industrial Revolution
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg is in urban Lancashire to explore the warp and weft of the Industrial Revolution - how the upheavals of the new mechanisation affected workers who found their traditional trades, like hand-loom weaving, superseded and marginalised by the growth of industrialisation and mechanisation. He looks in particular at the way children were used in both the new trades and in the traditional world of agriculture.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven: Chelmsford Cathedral, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with 'Voices of the Powerless', the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The upheavals and turmoil of the sixteenth century transformed many aspects of religious life. As the great monasteries and religious houses disappeared, the Reformation transformed the landscape of both the countryside and the towns.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Plantation and the Seeds of Discord: Portadown, County Armagh and the Ulster Plantation
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by uncredited
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. Ulster, one of the four ancient provinces of Ireland, remained largely independent of English rule until the end of the 16th century. The plantation period the programme looks at is the half century between the Tudor conquest of Ulster in the 1590s and the rebellion of the Ulster Irish in 1641.
  • Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.10 (35 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with 'Voices of the Powerless', the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The Norman Conquest is his starting point, a time when William the Conqueror's 'harrying of the North' affected the poor apprentice, the lowly ploughman and the humble shepherd.
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  • Voices of the Powerless: The Crofters' Farewell: Northern Scotland, the Western Isles and the Highland Clearances
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    Visiting the Hebridean island of Mull today, it's not long before someone mentions the steep decline in population that the Scottish highlands and islands suffered 150 to 200 years ago. And it was a depopulation that the crofters were powerless to do anything about - in a phrase that sounds a knell almost as chilling as today's 'ethnic cleansing', the Highland Clearances are still talked of as one of the most harsh pieces of social manipulation in Britain's history. A long-drawn-out lament mourned in song and poetry ever since.
  • Voices of the Powerless: The Wagoners at War: Sledmere, East Yorkshire and the First World War
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    The story of British Tommies sent 'over the top' to fight the Germans in the trenches of the First World War is a vivid emblem of powerlessness in the face of military discipline - and social pressures - that required young men to join up and do their duty.
  • Voices of the Powerless: Who was then the Gentleman?: Blackheath, Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt
    by Melvyn Bragg
    Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The Peasants' Revolt began in the Essex village of Fobbing in May 1381. It started with the arrival of a royal tax commissioner, John Bampton, enquiring into evasion of the new poll-tax.
  • Churchill Confidential
    by Whistledown Productions
    Narrated by Hugh Dickson, Jonathan Keeble, Tim Pigott-Smith
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    The dusty notebooks of wartime cabinet secretary Norman Brook have lain unopened for over 60 years, but now on the day of their public release, the journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler helps recreate the mood of those tetchy cabinet meetings in this fast-moving drama-documentary.
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  • Romans in Britain
    by Guy de la Bédoyère
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.50 (8 ratings)
    A guided tour of Roman Britain with historian Guy de la Bédoyère, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In 55 BC, Julius Caesar invaded Britain, which was then on the edge of the known world. But he was unable to conquer it. Where Caesar failed the Emperor Claudius, in AD 43, succeeded and the mighty Roman Empire came to stretch from Cairo to Carlisle. The Romans in Britain tells the story of 400 tumultuous years under Roman rule.
  • Battlefields
    by Richard Holmes
    Narrated by Richard Holmes
    4.30 (9 ratings)
    Battlefields is what every Richard Holmes fan has been waiting for. Richard Holmes skilfully clarifies the complexities of four major World War 2 military campaigns: El Alamein, Italy, Arnhem and the Battle of Britain (the Main Offensive). In this fascinating and brilliantly articulated study of war, he recreates what it was really like to be in the midst of bloody conflict from letters, diaries and interviews with soldiers awarded campaign medals for their heroism during World War 2.
  • Vasily Grossman from the Front Line
    by Vasily Grossman
    Narrated by Elliot Levey
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Vasily Grossman, author of Life and Fate, was transformed by his experiences as a war correspondent. Following the shock invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Grossman volunteered for front line duty. Declared unfit for active service he was assigned to Red Star newspaper as a special correspondent. In these BBC Radio programmes, Elliot Levey reads three of Vasily Grossman's front line despatches.
  • The Tudors
    by David Musgrove
    Narrated by David Musgrove
    4.00 (4 ratings)
    To accompany the August 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine, expert historians discuss the life and reigns of the five Tudor monarchs with BBC History Magazine editor Dr David Musgrove. Dr Steven Gunn, of Oxford University, discusses Henry VII. Professor George Bernard, of Southampton University, introduces us to Henry VIII. Reading University's Professor Ralph Houlbrooke talks about Edward VI.
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  • The Cutteslowe Walls
    by Mark Whitaker
    Narrated by Mark Whitaker
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    Between 1934 and 1959 a middle-class community in North Oxford shielded itself from the working-class next door behind seven foot high walls. Those who grew up in their shadow tell the story.
  • Radio 4's A History of Private Life
    by Amanda Vickery, Simon Tcherniak
    Narrated by Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Jasmine Hyde, Jeremy Young, Madeleine Brolly
    4.20 (59 ratings)
    An engrossing BBC Radio 4 series spanning the history of the home and domestic relationships over the past 500 years, presented by Amanda Vickery. Professor Vickery is one of the most charismatic historians in Britain today. In 'A History of Private Life' she reveals the intimate secrets of life at home, from the Tudor mansion to the modern bedsit.Through letters, diaries and other first-person accounts, we hear the voices of men and women from very different backgrounds telling their stories.
  • Remembrance Day: The Collection
    by Mike Hally
    Narrated by Mike Whitaker
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Includes two programmes: 'Poppies are Red, Cornflowers are Blue' and 'The Art of Remembrance'. Poppies are Red, Cornflowers are Blue: It's not just about how the Poppy became the symbol of remembrance in Britain - though that is a fascinating story, rarely told in full - this is also a deeper analysis of why it rapidly became such a strong and enduring symbol, to the point where some fear it is becoming over-exploited. Plus we look at France's rather less ubiquitous flower of remembrance, the blue cornflower... The Art of Remembrance: Mark Whitaker looks at some of the more unusual ways that artists remembered the Great War, through the works of a painter, an architect, a film-maker, a sculptor and a poet.
  • European Volunteer Workers
    by Mark Whitaker
    Narrated by Mark Whitaker
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Between 1947 and 1949 the British government, desperately short of workers in the 'essential' industries of agriculture, coal mining and textiles, turned to the millions of East Europeans living in Displaced Persons camps in Germany.
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  • Journeys in English
    by Bill Bryson
    Narrated by Bill Bryson
    4.20 (120 ratings)
    This highly entertaining BBC Radio 4 series is written and presented by Bill Bryson and based on his best-selling book, Mother Tongue. In it, he romps through the history of Britain to reveal how English became such an infuriatingly complex - but ultimately world-beating - language.
  • Squatters' Paradise
    by Mark Whitaker
    Narrated by Mark Whitaker
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Lack of housing was perhaps the most urgent social problem facing post-war Britain. In the summer of 1946 tens of thousands of people took the situation - and the law - into their own hands, squatting first military camps and then luxury flats and hotels in London.
  • First World War: 1914: Voices from the BBC Archive
    by Mark Jones
    Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
    5.00 (3 ratings)
    At midnight on 4 August, Britain had declared war on Germany. The pacifist Bertrand Russell was shocked by the pro-war euphoria on the streets, yet young men enlisted willingly because "it would all be over by Christmas". It was not. Instead the opposing armies had become entrenched. It was the beginning of a long and bitter stalemate.
  • First World War: 1915: Voices from the BBC Archives
    by Mark Jones
    Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    A unique collection of historic recordings covering the events of 1915, from the first Zeppelin raids to the ultimate failure at Gallipoli. In this selection of authentic eyewitness accounts, survivors describe the sinking of the Lusitania; the author Compton McKenzie remembers the Gallipoli disaster; and Violet Bonham Carter pays tribute to Rupert Brooke, who died en route to that campaign.