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Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War. We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a bi-weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don't expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale. We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes. Send questions to James and Al via Twitter us ...
 
The boys are putting the band back together, as Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier bring their unique brand of hard hitting insight and a sense of fun to the new football season. Expect strong views and dressing room tales in their new weekly football show. Just one question. Where’s Jeff?
 
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Serving time At Her Majesty’s Pleasure What’s it like to be banged up? How do you avoid the daily grind of violence, drugs and boredom inside Britain’s decaying prisons? And what’s the food really like? In this brilliant new series, ex-inmates Rob and Mike, in conversation with prison lawyer Claire, take us back inside to reveal their experiences of serving time At Her Majesty’s Pleasure. A Left Peg production for Goalhanger Films
 
Break out the beach towels and reserve the best spot as we attempt to untangle the Anglos from the Saxons, the Boche from the Britishers and the Tommies from the Jerries. Historian Katja Hoyer is a German living in England. Journalist Oliver Moody is a Brit living in Berlin. Between them they plan to discuss the past and present of Anglo-German relations. Why have German chancellors and British Prime Ministers so rarely got along? Why are the Germans obsessed with British comedy? And what ha ...
 
Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present for their new podcast "The Rest Is History" They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius. They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about thirty minutes.
 
'Lineker & Baker: Behind Closed Doors' will be a new regular show full of the intimate details of life in and around the game. If you’re looking for analysis of the weekend’s action, look elsewhere. This show will tell dressing room tales and green room stories from Gary and Danny’s time in football and broadcasting. Irreverent, at times preposterous, 'Behind Closed Doors' sees Gary Lineker abandon his usual role as chief interrogator. Instead he joins Danny Baker in a romp through life in t ...
 
‘Broad & Fry’ is the new cricket podcast looking to bounce the unsuspecting listener with a terrific delivery just short of a length. England bowler Stuart Broad has taken the new ball, while experienced broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry will bring his own unique spin on the game. Stuart will tell cricket tales from out in the middle and from a long career of tours and Test matches. While Stephen offers up his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game as well as the enthusiasm of a lifelong fan. E ...
 
The Football Writers’ Association and William Hill present ‘Press Box Confidential’. Paul McCarthy is joined each week by the biggest names in football journalism in the country to discuss the most memorable matches, moments and characters in the game. Where were they when Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a Palace fan in the chest? How difficult was Fergie to handle? And what was it like being stuck in the same hotel as Coleen Rooney and the rest of the WAGs during a World Cup Final? Press Box Co ...
 
Hosted by sneaker experts Kish Kash (@kishkash1) and Jason Coles (@madebyjase) ‘Soleful’ is a weekly deep dive into the world of sneakers and sneaker culture. In each episode Kish and Jason will reveal the amazing stories behind the world’s most loved sneakers and interview the people that created, collect and covet them. We’ll also be answering your questions about all things kicks so send them to us via social media. Find us @soleful_podcast or use #SolefulPodcast.
 
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Tom Holland is joined by Ali Ansari to discuss the most influential mistresses in history. The definition of success is to impact history, despite often humble beginnings. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Vasco Andrade Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland…
 
Charlie is euphoric after Arsenal’s victory over Norwich. Despite Ronaldo’s return, the team still think Manchester United’s defensive frailties could hurt them this season. And as they look ahead to this weekend’s fixtures, the lads give their acca predictions, if only Matt can remember which game he’s doing. Has he been on the Champagne? See acas…
 
Shortly after the war a Buffalo LVT (Landing Vehicle Tracked) was taken to Lincolnshire to help with food defences. The vehicle was swept away and sank in a hole. Al Murray and James Holland visit the unearthed vehicle and hear the story of its excavation. The lads also get to speak to a veteran LVT driver. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by…
 
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason The Muslim world has often been accused of failing to modernise, reform and adapt. But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices. Acclaimed autho…
 
As the German nation prepares to go to the polls, Oliver Moody and Katja Hoyer run through the candidates to replace Angela Merkel as Chancellor. After almost 16 years in office Merkel will step down leaving big shoes to fill. Katja and Oliver try to unpick the complicated web of acronyms and party allegiances that dominate German politics. A Goalh…
 
If Hugo Boss didn't design Nazi uniforms, who did? Al Murray and James Holland take a deep sartorial dive into what the Wermacht wore. Al and James also discuss the upcoming festival and cardboard tanks. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHaveWaysPod Website: www.wehavewayspod.c…
 
There are estimated to be around 16 thousand churches in England alone. But which are the finest in the UK? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by the director of Friends of Friendless Churches, Rachel Morley, to decide a top ten. They also discuss some of the listeners’ favourites. Just remember: cathedrals not allowed! See acast.com/priv…
 
Boots on the Ground: Britain and Her Army Since 1945 In May 1945, the German High Command surrendered to the Allies on Lüneberg Heath. Seventy years later, the British Army finally left their garrisons next to the Heath. General the Lord Dannatt, former Chief of General Staff, follows the compelling story of the British Army since then, tracing Br…
 
Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher Socrates was the philosopher who gave birth to the European tradition of philosophical thought. Yet his trial and death are better known than his life story. Professor Armand D’Angour explores Socrates’ early years revealing what - and who - inspired him to become a philosopher. What emerges is the figu…
 
Although Spain remained neutral in the Second World War, a number of Spanish citizens volunteered to fight for the British Army. Al Murray and James Holland are joined by historian Séan Scullion, to recount the tales of six extraordinary men A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Vasco Andrade Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHa…
 
Was Hitler a Popular Dictator? In this talk for junior schools, Chris Culpin shows how Hitler disdained democracy and thereby defeated his political opponents leaving “One people, one nation, one leader”. Was he popular? He was certainly successful as there was no opposition, nor opposition newspapers. This was partly through fear but also as a res…
 
Why do British and German state leaders never seem to get along? Margaret Thatcher couldn’t bear the sight of Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel is reputed to have a very low opinion of Boris Johnson. Ever since Benjamin Disraeli encountered Otto von Bismarck at a Vienna conference, top British and German politicians have failed to see eye to eye. Katja…
 
The rise of social media is the central subject of our second instalment with tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook ask whether social media is the principal force behind an increase in populist politics. The ‘Americanisation’ of culture plus Marc’s theory on why software is the closest thing to real life magic also featur…
 
The conflict between China and Japan escalates as the Battle of Shanghai breaks out. James Holland and Al Murray explore a battle that is often considered the beginning of the Second World War in Asia. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHaveWaysPod Website: www.wehavewayspod.com…
 
Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland are joined by tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Has the internet been the most important force in modern history? In part one of this two part series they look at how the internet developed out of military technology, whether early developers knew they were changing the world, and why business initially built a ‘wall o…
 
Secret Pigeon Service: Operation Columba, Resistance & the Struggle to Liberate Occupied Europe Between 1941 and 1944, sixteen thousand pigeons were dropped as part of ‘Columba’ – a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent for BBC news, tells a dramatic and tr…
 
The Big Bad Glossies With a career that has spanned 30 years at the most senior levels of Condé Nast International, no one is better placed to give an insider view of the world of the glossy magazine than Nicholas Coleridge, at the time, Chairman of Condé Nast Britain. In this talk, he combines anecdote and scholarship to review The Glossy Years …
 
Two years before the start of the Second World War in the west China and Japan entered into a bloody military conflict which would result in millions of casualties. In the first of a two-part series James Holland and Al Murray discuss the build up to the Second Sino-Japanese War. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry Lineker Exec Producer…
 
The year is 1983, and on November the 8th the world is the closest it’s ever been to nuclear destruction, yet nobody at the time realises. Dominic and Tom are joined by author and historian Taylor Downing to discuss how Armageddon was just avoided and why Tom, living near Salisbury, was in more danger than most. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media …
 
Marjorie Clark with the SOE in Italy Tim Clark and Nick Cook, co-authors of Monopoli Blues, talk to Tim’s mother, former SOE/FANY wireless operator, Marjorie Clark, about her wartime experiences and those of her husband Bob, whom she met when they served with the SOE in Italy. Part tale of derring-do, part wartime romance, it is also the story of T…
 
The Special Operations Executive was tasked by Winston Churchill to set Europe ablaze. More than 400 agents were sent into France, thirty-nine of them women. Dr Kate Vigurs has researched the story of all these female agents for her book, Mission to France: The True Story of the Women of SOE. Kate joins Al and James to discuss their extraordinary s…
 
Empress Dowager Cixi Best-selling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang gives a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of the most important woman in Chinese history. One of the Emperor’s concubines, she launched a palace coup to become the Empress Dowager Cixi, the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population w…
 
Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are live at the Chalke Valley History Festival to discuss the cultural impact of the Fab Four. What were the social conditions that led to their phenomenal success, and will their legacy endure in another hundred years? Plus, why Tom was turned away from John Lennon’s house. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media prod…
 
Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity In the popular imagination Elizabeth I is the symbol of monarchical power, the Virgin Queen who ruled over a Golden Age. But the image is as much armour against reality as it is a reflection of the truth. Dr Helen Castor shows England’s iconic queen in a revealing new light, shaped by profound insecurity that was …
 
Al Murray and James Holland return to Bovington Tank Museum for an exclusive tour of their new permanent exhibit ‘World War Two: War Stories’. Curator David Willey leads Al and James through the new space, which charts the history of the Second World War through the tanks used, but more importantly the men who fought with them. A Goalhanger Films p…
 
Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas look back on last weekend’s big games and ahead to this weekend’s fixtures. They discuss the rise of Michail Antonio, whether players are actually practising diving in training, and if Arsenal would really settle for a 2-0 defeat against Man City. Plus the most important question: do they feel any…
 
The slaughter and bloodshed on the Western Front in World War One helped shape the narrative of the 20th century. But was it a case of lions led by donkeys? Gary Sheffield, historian and author of Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to explore events on the Western Front. A Goalhange…
 
1944 at Highclere Castle In 1944 Highclere Castle was a home for child evacuees; General Patton arrived for lunch in June; whilst two P-38 planes crashed just above the Castle whilst practising for D-Day. The Land Girls and retired estate workers were on the farm and in the kitchen gardens - Dig for Victory was part of the survival plan. Fiona Carn…
 
Throughout the Second World War, the Special Boat Service took part in daring assaults across Europe and Asia - usually in the dead of night and in small canoes. James Holland and Al Murray discuss these missions and the fate of the SOE in Europe A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Willow Murray Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays …
 
From the Ice Age to the Winter of Discontent, climate and weather have hugely impacted historical events. Wars halted by freezing conditions, Prime Ministers thrown out of office by an electorate made angrier by the weather. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland review their top ten weather affected moments in time. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media …
 
D-Day The Allied invasion of Europe involved years of painstaking preparation and mind-boggling logistics, including orchestrating the largest flotilla of ships ever assembled. In addition to covering the Allies’ build-up to the invasion, Peter Caddick-Adams examines the German preparations: the formidable Atlantikwall and Field Marshal Erwin Romme…
 
While on a recent road trip north Al and James were offered the chance to watch the Red Arrows’ final training session before their summer season. Squadron Leader Adam Collins - Red 10 - talks the boys through the display and explains the history of the team. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter:…
 
Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier look back on an eventful first weekend of action in the Premier League. They discuss what went wrong for Arsenal, Man City’s need for a new striker, and Romelu Lukaku’s big money move to Chelsea. Plus the boys look ahead to all this weekend’s fixtures. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
 
“A war begun for no wise purpose.” This description of the First Anglo-Afghan War, fought in the early-mid 19th Century, could stand as an epitaph for most conflicts in the region since. William Dalrymple has written extensively about the history of Afghanistan and he joins Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland to take a deep dive into this ‘graveyard …
 
A History of Sporting Genius Why are some touched with sporting greatness? What is it that lifts mortal men to achieve sporting pinnacles? And why is it that so many sporting greats are also touched with self-destruction? In this discussion, we were thrilled to bring together three experts and a passionate observer to delve deep into the lives and …
 
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