Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner (FRHistS) is a British public historian, broadcaster, and author noted for using humour and pop culture to communicate the complexities of the past. Born in 1982, and educated at the University of York, he is the author of three books published by W&N: - ASK A HISTORIAN: 50 SURPRISING ANSWERS TO THINGS YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW (2021) - DEAD FAMOUS: AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF CELEBRITY, FROM BRONZE AGE TO SILVER SCREEN (2020) - A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY: A CURIOUS HISTORY OF DAILY LIFE, FROM STONE AGE TO PHONE AGE (2015) He is also writing three illustrated children's books, to be published by Walker Books As a broadcaster, Greg hosts the chart-topping BBC comedy podcast YOU'RE DEAD TO ME, which pairs up top comedians and top historians to explore global history with a bold blend of humour and nuanced detail. He also presented the BBC children's educational show HOMESCHOOL HISTORY on BBC Radio 4 during the Covid lockdown. He wrote and presented an 8-part audio series for Audible called A SOMEWHAT COMPLETE HISTORY OF SITTING DOWN (2020), and was previously the resident historian on the science and history series THE ORIGIN OF STUFF, hosted by Katy Brand. In 2019 he wrote and presented a 3 hour radio documentary about historical comedy for BBC Radio 4 Extra called HILARIOUS HISTORIES in which he interviewed Stephen Fry and several other guests. He’s made numerous other appearances on British national radio, TV, podcasts, and has written in numerous newspapers and magazines. Since 2008, Greg has also been the Historical Consultant, and one of the comedy writers, on CBBC’s Emmy and multi-BAFTA award-winning comedy sketch-show HORRIBLE HISTORIES (2009 - >), being solely responsible for the factual accuracy of over 2,000 sketches and 130 comedy songs. He also worked on the BAFTA-nominated film HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE MOVIE - ROTTEN ROMANS (2019). In 2021 he advised on a new educational animation series for YouTube Kids. On TV, he co-hosted BBC2's INSIDE VERSAILLES discussion programme for two series, and was one of the expert panellists on BBC2’s THE GREAT HISTORY QUIZ (broadcast on Christmas Eve 2015), joining team captains Lucy Worsley and Dan Snow. Greg is both a passionate defender and careful critic of the way in which the past is exploited for entertainment. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London where he teaches on the Public History MA course. He also teaches occasionally at his alma mater, the University of York, where he studied for 4 years before abandoning plans for a PhD to instead go into the TV industry. Greg is an avid Twitter user, and huge fan of Tottenham Hotspur football club. Feel free to say hello at @greg_jenner.
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