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Dec 1, 2020

How do you portray a moment of peace during the First World War when it's not always clear what actually happened?

In our Christmas Special, Angus, Chris and Jessica speak to historian Mark Connelly (University of Kent) about the Christmas Truce of 1914. Along the way we discuss Paul McCartney, the difficulty of...

Nov 1, 2020

How do you write a novel about the First World War without resorting to cliché?

This month, Angus, Chris and Jessica speak to novelist Lesley Glaister about her new book, Blasted Things, set in the aftermath of the war. Along the way we discuss family history, what it feels like to hold historical documents, the...

Oct 1, 2020

How does popular culture see Lawrence of Arabia?

This month Angus, Chris and Jessica speak to cartoonist Ned Barnett about his work on T. E. Lawrence, including both his research travelogue, Dreamers of the Day, and his on-going three volume graphic biography of the famous polymath. Along the way we discuss Lawrence as...

Sep 1, 2020

What happens when a Sunday night crime caper takes the history of the First World War seriously?

In this episode Jessica, Chris and Angus talk about the cult Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. We discuss class in interwar Australia, what it meant to be a conscientious objector and why it...

Aug 1, 2020

Did the First World War inspire organised crime in inter-war Britain?

In this episode we talk to Emma Hanna (University of Kent) about the British crime-drama series Peaky Blinders and how the war service of the main characters may have further brutalised the gangsters as they negotiate the harsh realities of postwar...