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Making History

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Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

Description:

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Language:

English


Episodes

Introducing You're Dead To Me – Series 2

3/9/2020
Greg Jenner introduces the new series of his BBC history podcast, You're Dead To Me.

Duration:00:04:52

London versus the Rest?

2/4/2020
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore historical connections to today's big issues. Recent political convulsions have revealed a rift between the UK's capital and its regions. So this week Tom and Iszi consider other moments in history when London has been out of sync with the rest of the country - from the Romans to the 1700s. Examining how John Bull came into being and looking at the particular history of Northumbria, they look at the relationship between London and the rest of the UK....

Duration:00:28:20

Film

1/28/2020
With this year's Oscars imminent, Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence meet the cineasts who help us understand history and the history of cinema. Hannah Grieg, historical consultant on the Oscar-winning film The Favourite, and the screenwriter of Churchill, Alex von Tunzelmann, discuss the portrayal of history on the big screen. Tom meets Kevin Brownlow, whose work finding and restoring film from the silent era earned him an Oscar in 2010. And Matthew Sweet tells the story of Vic Kinson, a...

Duration:00:28:17

High Flyers

1/21/2020
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence continue to explore the historical connections behind today's headlines. As the first electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Vancouver, Tom and Iszi look at the lengths people have gone to over the past millennium to reach for the skies. Tom goes to the spot where Eilmer of Malmesbury, an 11th century English monk, made one of the earliest attempts at flight in the British Isles. Inspired by the Greek fable of Daedalus, he strapped wings to his hands and...

Duration:00:28:13

Keeping It In The Family

1/14/2020
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues. As fascination with genealogy and our own family history has become almost a national obsession, this week's programme looks at the historical aspects of what makes up a family and how attitudes to incestuous relationships have shifted over time and throughout cultures. From Ancient Egypt to the nuclear family, from the Victorians and the National Vigilance Association to Jacobean...

Duration:00:28:06

Food

1/7/2020
After the feast of the festive season comes the pain of the January fast. Well, to help us better understand our relationship with the food we eat, Making History goes on the spice trail with historians Roger Michel and Matthew Cobb. Curator Victoria Avery tells us why pineapples were all the rage in Elizabethan times and Dominic Sandbrook offers up a potted history of fast food in the UK - with a side of fries and a banana milkshake. Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 - 1800 at...

Duration:00:28:13

Back to the Future

12/31/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues. In this New Year's Eve programme, Tom and Iszi look at what history has had to say about the future. They explore when "the future" emerged as a concept and why some people thought they could foretell it They look at the time when the future became political and ask what we can know about our ancestors' fears from the science fiction they produced. Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith A...

Duration:00:28:23

Nationalism

12/17/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence continue to explore the historical connections behind today's headlines. Today - with a resurgence in nationalism from Beijing to Barcelona and with flag-flying dominating the world news, Tom and Iszi look into the origins of this powerful force. Author, critic and long-time scholar of fairy tales, Marina Warner, recalls regimes who have used them as a political tool for their own sinister ends. And with the possibility of a second referendum in Scotland being...

Duration:00:28:14

The First Draft?

12/10/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence are back to explore the historical connections behind today's issues. In this programme - The First Draft? After the most tumultuous parliamentary session many can remember, Tom and Iszi meet top journalists to ask whether they consider they are history's first chroniclers. From Today programme newsgatherers to ancient Greek historian Herodotus, the team discuss who really "makes history". Producer: Craig Templeton-Smith A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Duration:00:27:57

Battle Lines

2/19/2019
In the last of this series Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at the stories around another line in history - battle lines. From the fable of the Nazi invasion across one of Britain's oldest battle lines on Suffolk's beaches, through Thucydides and on to cross-dressing soldiers across the ages. Presenters: Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith Series Editor: Simon Elmes A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Duration:00:28:02

Bread Lines

2/12/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s story-laden lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with food banks and the effects of austerity never far from the headlines, Tom and Iszi examine breadlines and hunger, from the Scottish clearances to the Rowntrees in York. Archaeobotanist Professor Dorian Fuller talks about the significance of the recent discovery of the world’s oldest bread – which dates back 14,500 years to the time of hunter-gatherers...

Duration:00:28:03

Supply Lines

2/5/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week - Supply Lines With supply lines after Brexit so much in the news lately, Tom and Iszi look at historical aspects of getting goods across continents and through barriers, natural and man-made. From Hannibal and his elephants to the surprising origin of just-in-time delivery methods, the programme uncovers the historical origins of modern supply lines. Presenters: Tom...

Duration:00:28:03

Power Lines

1/29/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the stories revealed by history's lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week - power lines. Tom makes a beeline for the Science Museum to find the first ever transatlantic telegraph cable, and discovers a recording of a Paul Robeson concert marking a historic moment in telecommunications. Iszi goes pylon spotting and hears about a pioneer who helped found the Electrical Association for Women. Producer: Craig...

Duration:00:28:07

Bloodlines

1/22/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, Tom and Iszi examine bloodlines - from some of the Queen’s own surprising ancestors, to the vagaries of dog breeding. Adam Rutherford discusses how DNA testing has informed the study of history and the programme asks if race really is a question of genetics, or a cultural construct. Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith A Pier...

Duration:00:27:56

Borders

1/16/2019
With Donald Trump’s Mexican wall back in the news, Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to discover how Britain’s borders have been used to separate communities. Tom travels to Offa’s Dyke to find out how the 176-mile-long, 8th century earthwork divided the Anglian kingdom of Mercia from Powys. In Belfast, the so-called peace lines are barriers that often cut across streets separating nationalists from unionists. But now a new scheme is under way to neutralise...

Duration:00:27:54

HS2

1/8/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. As the new HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham begins its first construction phase, Tom joins the railway archaeologists who’ve been excavating one of London’s ancient graveyards along the new line. And, further down the communications corridor, the programme explores the history of protest in the face of transport progress. Also, with centuries-old woodlands being...

Duration:00:27:37

01/01/2019

1/1/2019
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating and multi-faceted aspects of history. The new series of this long-running programme focuses on lines - historical and historic lines and routes that may be physical or conceptual and that criss-cross our geographical and cultural landscape. It looks at why and how they came about and discusses what they offer us in our understanding of our past and present. Programme 1. The Prime Meridian - the journey from Stonehenge to Jazz As it's New...

Duration:00:27:47

The End of Steam. St Edmund. Southall Youth Movement

7/24/2018
Tom Holland is joined by the history podcaster and stand-up comedian Iszi Lawrence. In Britain's recent past, a long hot summer has often coincided with racial unrest on our streets - 1981 is perhaps the most notable example. But while we remember events in Brixton, Toxteth and Tottenham, have we forgotten the tensions in Southall during the 1960s and 70s which, some argue, paved the way for better race relations in the UK? Lovejit Dhaliwal visits a Heritge Lottery project in Southall...

Duration:00:27:52

The Clockwork Orange Town

7/17/2018
Helen Castor is joined by Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the University of Reading. Tom Holland and Dr Matthew Green take a trip down the Thames to Thamesmead, an overspill "new town" that received its first inhabitants fifty years ago this month, but which is better known as the location used by Stanley Kubrick in his dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange. But was this brutalist solution to London's slum housing doomed from the start, or were some of the...

Duration:00:28:23

Church Pews and the Medieval Weather Forecast

7/10/2018
Tom Holland presents the history programme which connects the past with today. Enthusiasts for Victorian church architecture are furious that the pews designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in Bath Abbey have been dismantled and removed and are to be sold. Supporters of the plan say that it will create a huge space which the Abbey can then use for community events. Of course, back in medieval times most churches had no furniture, so why was it introduced and what can it tell us about the...

Duration:00:27:55