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  • Date and time: Tuesday 7 February 2023, 6pm to 7pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Room PZA/103, Piazza Building, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past Lecture

Join Greg Jenner & Emma Nagouse - the writers & producers of the funny BBC history series You're Dead To Me - for a cheerful peek behind the podcast curtain. They'll explain the practical processes behind how episodes are selected, researched, cast, scripted, recorded, edited, and delivered by a small, hard-working team. Plus, they'll discuss the challenges of doing jokes about complex and problematic histories. 

You're Dead To Me is a BBC Radio 4 flagship show, and is consistently one of the most popular podcasts on BBC Sounds (with 65 million downloads since its launch in summer 2019). It pairs up top comedians with expert historians to bring laughter and learning to an international audience, with its eclectic blend of potted biographies, surprising social histories, and grand sweeps through global history.

This talk is being hosted by IPUP. 

There will be a book-signing before the lecture in the Piazza Building from 5pm, and an opportunity to purchase paperback copies of Greg Jenner's Ask a Historian and A Million Years in a Day, with books provided by Fox Lane Books.

Please note the change in venue from that previously advertised. 

About the speakers

Greg Jenner is a public historian, author, broadcaster, and adviser to Film, TV, and Online Media.

He is the host and creator of the chart-topping comedy BBC podcast You’re Dead To Me (62 million downloads and plays), as well as the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Past Forward: A Century of Sound and the BBC’s award-nominated children’s podcast Homeschool History

Greg was also the Historical Consultant to nine series of CBBC’s Emmy & multiple BAFTA award-winning TV comedy series Horrible Histories, and has written four books, including the lockdown Audible hit Ask A Historian: 50 Surprising Answers to Things You Always Wanted to Know (2021).

As well as being a University of York alumnus who teaches an annual Public History MA seminar here, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Emma Nagouse is a writer, producer and head of research on the smash hit BBC history comedy podcast You're Dead to Me and part of the award-winning writing team behind BBC Radio 4's Homeschool History. Emma is a trade union activist and a PhD researcher on religion, gender, violence and contemporary TV.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible