Which intrepid spinster was best buddies with Rudyard Kipling and fought off hungry leopards? Which woman judo chopped a Nazi to death? John Lloyd (Creator and Producer of Qi) on Mary Kingsley, a British Woman who explored Africa in a black silk frock. Iszi interviews Alice Fraser on the gestapo's most wanted person: fellow Australian, Nancy Wake.
Fancy a change of career? Zoe Lyons has a suggestion. How about digging a trench in your garden, filling it with water and lying down submerged in a barrel for half an hour? Sound stupid? Well it is a surefire way of becoming filthy rich in the 18th century. So hold your breath while we chat treasure, sharks, and being sucked up your own air pipe. Eeep!
Find out MORE about the life of our favourite Pop Star Ghost Hunter, Harry Price from the brain of Professor Richard Wiseman. Including the world's more famous goat, the devil's favourite notebook, and the last person to be convicted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735...
Why did King Harold get shot in the Eye? Who was the first Accident and Emergency started for? What was a key trigger for Anti Apartheid? Grab a chair and listen to the Andre Vincent reveal the Mislaid Comedy Heroes of the past... and how at the route of every mystery, a comedian is unearthed.
Natalie Haynes loves her Greek on the attic side of difficulty, she asks the audience of the British Museum 'when did man first aspire to set foot on the moon?' And exactly what did he expected to find there? Meet the Douglas Adams of the first century... and you may actually already know one of his most famous works. That is, if you know your Disney. If you like your Sci Fi adventures old school style, you're going to love Lucian.
The title of Sex God gets bandied around quite a bit these days, as Carrie Quinlain knows all too well. But there can only be one true sex god. How he got to be a god is a little more disturbing. But what with over 2000 statues of his perfect pecs and rosebud lips, such modern concerns are nothing in comparison to what love can aspire to. Just, yeah... as Obelix says "These Romans are crazy."
Who was the richest man who ever lived? Ahir Shah has the lowdown on the man who was so rich he was personally responsible for crashing an economy. PLUS! Alex Farrow on what connects student parties to nazi Germany. The weird origins of Jaegermeister and how to be a good Billionaire...
Ever written a love letter to Brian Blessed? Dan Schreiber has. Find out about Sebastian Snow, the most calamitous man in History, drinking out of puddles, climbing volcanoes and accidently throwing a horse of a mountain. Sebastian Snow is the most intrepid owner of a briefcase ever. Plus: which explorer delivered a grand piano into the jungle?
How would you get Rome to sort out your divorce? British Museum Curator Julia Farley on Cartimandua the forgotten Queen of Yorkshire. Plus! Find out what happened to the fascinating witches who put the scintillating stitches in the britches of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Catactacus!
How far would you go to protect your people? Would you go so far as killing them? would you fail to see the irony in that? Judah Maccabee did, or so says Hayden Cohen. Plus! Pete Johansson on a rare thing: a popular politician? Surely not. Ease your brexit and US election worries and feast on French unity and forced circumsciions.
Life is a roll of the dice, some you win some you lose. What if Bernie Sanders was a turn of the century feminist inventor with a point to prove? How would you package your social equality propaganda? In your house right now there might be a bit of Lizzy's invention... probably a giant cause of family arguments. Tracy King talks about Elizabeth "Lizzie" J. Phillips.
The one time is isn't so bad to come too soon. Ask yourself: Who wrote the first novel? Who made the first blueprint for a computer? Who invented fairness in democratic systems? Can't all be one bloke surely? Ben Van Der Velde is about to convince you otherwise... introducing Raymond Lull.
If you throw a man out of a window what does he fall against? Against his inclination... if you hate puns you are a very troubled person who would have not got on in Victorian society. Immerse yourself in the jokes of the past and the man who wrote over 50,000 of them. With Dr Bob Nicholson.
The third man who walked on the Moon was a bit of a dude... not just coz he landed on the Moon. Pete Conrad was the quintessential American and Iszi has found the perfect Australian to tell you all about him: Bec Hill. Expect bums, rockets, animals, dyslexia, motorcycles, the moon, claustrophobia and more bums. This is a tale about just how important it is to have a mother on your side. Even if she did call you by the wrong name.
Free love in wartime? Really? How very European. Dave Pickering tells us about his teenage father, some spies, a great escape, a bit of hanky panky oh, and the importance of macaroni cheese. Intimate family secrets, a wartime tale of bravery and a big question mark over whether monogamy is right for everyone. Featuring Kyrstyna Skarbek, Francis Cammaerts and Harry Rée.
Do you believe in things? Maybe you shouldn't... or should you? Maybe you'd be better off keeping some unusual pets... or discussing murder with your father. An Easter special with Charles Adrian and A F Harrold on how personal beliefs change lives. Plus evolution of the sofa, rock pooling, dead turtle dissection, chimp men and a poem in bath on finding the heel of a shoe... featuring William Cowper and Philip Henry Gosse
Not all the Native American peoples decided to fight for their homelands... some had other tactics... like legislation. Sexy. Comedy writer Andy Riley talks about one of the most pig headed, brilliant and ignorant geniuses in all History: Sequoyah. Why should anyone let a little thing like illiteracy stop them from inventing the written word?
The self-named Paracelsus (and self-proclaimed king of doctors) was also a drunk who rubbed poo on knives. Celebrated by everyone from Carl Jung to the Nazis... Was he a genius or just an ego maniac? Steve Cross and Iszi argue it out. Watch out - quite a bit of fruity language in this episode.
In this episode we look at ghosts and the man who hunted them. Pals with Houdini, not quite a skeptic, taking mongeese too seriously... iszi and comedian Paul Gannon explore the world of Harry Price: the original pop star ghost hunter.
Where do you live? Is it in the now? Would you want it to be? A man called Alan Watts lived there, but then when then was now. He was a hero to Danny Buckler and we discuss how to be spiritual... it really is rather Christmassy.