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Paul Sinha's History Revision: The Complete Series 1-3

Narrated by: Paul Sinha
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

In his fascinating and hilarious BBC Radio 4 stand-up show, comedian and quizzer Paul Sinha shines a light on the important historical moments that you never got taught at school and explains why so much of what you did learn is wrong. There will also, as ever, be puns.

He explains how Portugal's invasion of Morocco in 1415 led directly to the 2014 World Cup; how the 1909 launch of an Austro-Hungarian submarine prevented Dr Zhivago from winning an Oscar; and tells the story of the black woman who refused to give up a seat on an Alabama bus and ended up changing the law - no, it wasn't Rosa Parks.

Paul Sinha is an acclaimed stand-up who was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy award for his show Saint or Sinha?. He frequently appears on The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Fighting Talk, and he is a resident 'chaser' on the ITV quiz show The Chase. He wrote and starred in The Sinha Test (2011) and The Sinha Games (2012) on Radio 4 and in 2013 had his own four-part series, Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test.

Paul Sinha's History Revision was the winner of the 2016 Rose d'Or Award for 'Best Radio Comedy'.

Written and performed by: Paul Sinha
Producer: Ed Morrish

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"Sinha's gift for finding humour in it all makes him worth a listen." ( The Telegraph)

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Good, but not great 4*


The description says ‘fascinating and hilarious’ and Paul Sinha’s is often reminding listeners that he is a comedian. To most of us he’s that guy from ITV’s ‘The Chase’. Okay I admit it is fascinating, but I wouldn’t call him a natural comedian, just a brainy guy. These three series are good, but not great. Yes I would listen to more series, but saying it’s ‘hilarious’ is just an empty promise and unduly raises expectations of the listener.

Okay reading this back sounds overly harsh, I don’t mean to be as I did enjoy it. :)

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Superb

I really loved it. Very funny and very informative. What more could you want?
Great stuff Mr Sinha

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I love this! Finding the truth when you thought you already knew it.

The way that Paul finds origins, follows then along a convoluted path to a place, person or event that you just never saw coming!

Well presented, articulate and light hearted.

The added touch of being live makes it feel more real.

Bravo

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Funny and informative

Love it, looking forward to more. Its one I come back to again and again.

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Tour de Force

An entertaining, informative and amusing look at history delivered in Sinha’s inimitable style and with the occasional fact I was unaware of. I cannot recommend Paul Sinha’s History Revision highly enough. This is laugh out loud education of the first order.

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Enlightening and uplifting

I've always been a big fan of Paul Sinha even before his time on The Chase. In these three series he casts a light on some of histories biggest lies and unknown treasures. He does it all with wit and accuracy and I love how he engages the studio audience. Would recommend to those who love history and those who don't.

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Seriously funny and engaging

Brilliant, sharp and gloriously entertaining. I learned a great deal whilst laughing and racking my brains.

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fantastic!

a great find. one if those audio books I had to pace my self on. otherwise I would rattle through it. it became a joy to put an episode or two on to see out the working day. Hope there are more to come. will be going back and listening again

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highly entertaining

would recommend to anyone who has any interest in history. crammed with facts and fun to listen to

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Who knew history could be so much fun

A superb mix of facts and humour. Had me laughing out loud and I learned lots