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August 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Animated Show Update and Special Episode Previews

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With the second series of the podcast complete, it's time for some news about Rex Factor: The Animated Show! There will be a new sizzle trailer coming out on 22 August with the finished show to follow in September, along with news of the premiere! Also, we provide some clips from our most recent special episodes on The Death of Amy Robsart, Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire and Bess of Hardwick, plus a clip from one of our Privy Chamber bonus episodes.

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August 10, 2018 @ 8:02 am

The Death of Amy Robsart

Did she fall or was she pushed? In this special episode we investigate the mysterious death of Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, found dead in 1560 with a broken neck at the bottom of a short flight of stairs. Did she just happen to fall or, as many people have speculated, was she murdered by her ambitious husband in his bid to marry Elizabeth I?

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July 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Warwick Castle and Guy of Warwick

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Rex Factor were lucky enough to be invited to spend a weekend at Warwick Castle - unfortunately, Ali was unlucky enough to fall ill, so in this special episode Graham tells an envious Ali everything he missed. Plus, we have our first ever interviews on the main podcast: Kate Davidson, who scripted the jousting extravaganza "Wars of the Roses Live", and Melissa Paniccia, the head of history at Warwick Castle who tells us about her role and the summer spectacular for August 2018, bringing to life the forgotten legend of Guy of Warwick.

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July 13, 2018 @ 12:31 pm

S2.52 Scottish Grand Final Results

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It's the final episode of the second series of Rex Factor as we reveal who will be crowned the Scottish Rex Factor Champion - Constantine II, Robert the Bruce, James IV or Mary Queen of Scots. We also reveal the winner of the best death in the series and the topic for the third series.

We revealed the results in a livestream which you can watch back here - we answered various questions from viewers in the livestream (which are not in the podcast) plus we read out some of the voter comments on why they voted for who they voted for (which is not in the livestream) so check out both to not miss out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDrA8kPqufY&lc=z23hyl3b0uifex0mjacdp435wufatp2n1qk5hnabouhw03c010c

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June 3, 2018 @ 8:26 am

S2.51 Scottish Play-Offs: Grand Final

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Our second series is nearly over - it's the Scottish Rex Factor Grand Final and we need to decide who will be crowned the champion. However, Ali and Graham don't get to vote this time, so it's entirely down to you to pick the winner! Your candidates are Constantine II (effective first King of Scots), Robert the Bruce (winner of the Battle of Bannockburn), James IV (Renaissance Golden Age) and Mary Queen of Scots (an amazing and often tragic life story). In this episode, we compare the four monarchs category by category but it will be for you to pick your winner - follow the link below and vote for who you want to win Scottish Rex Factor (deadline is 30 June 2018).

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=4520f9fc-22b0-40a8-8f9f-aa9c123b0e31

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May 14, 2018 @ 7:57 am

S2.50 Scottish Playoffs: First Round Results

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We reveal the results of the first round of the Scottish Play-Offs - find out who will join top seed Robert the Bruce in the Grand Final from Group A (Constantine II, Malcolm III, Alexander III, James II), Group B (Kenneth II, Malcolm II, David I, James IV) and Group C (Kenneth MacAlpin, Alexander II, Mary Queen of Scots, James VI). We also read out some of your excellent comments on why you voted for the various monarchs.

We actually live-streamed the results on our YouTube channel, so you can watch it in full (plus us answering questions from the viewers - not included in the podcast) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvc5fxz28sY

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April 27, 2018 @ 6:55 pm

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire

Georgiana Cavendish was the most fashionable woman in late eighteenth century England and one of the most fascinating characters of the age. She became one of the most prominent campaigners for the Whigs when women were meant to have no role in politics, the confidante of the Prince Regent and a patron of the arts and sciences (and gambling houses!). She also had a notoriously dull husband and an unhappy marriage which led to some very untraditional living arrangements and a romance that threatened to ruin her. Throw in a spot of Charles James Fox, William Pitt the Younger and the French Revolution and you have an unmissable special episode!

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April 13, 2018 @ 6:27 pm

S2.49 Scottish Playoffs: Group C

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It's the last of the play-off groups and one of the tastiest yet! We have our very first monarch, Kenneth MacAlpin (843-58) against our very last, James VI (1567-1625), as well as James VI facing off against his own mother, Mary Queen of Scots (1542-67). Kenneth was the first, Mary and James are perhaps the most famous, but it is Alexander II (1214-49) who got the highest score of these four in the original podcasts. We compare them factor by factor but you will play a crucial role in deciding who goes through. Listen to the podcast and then pick your favourite for who you want to go through to the Grand Final using the link below:

Survey Link

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March 30, 2018 @ 9:03 am

S2.48 Scottish Playoffs: Group B

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It's another heavyweight contest in the second of our play-off bouts: Kenneth II (971-95), Malcolm II (1005-35), David I (1124-53) and James IV (1488-1513). There's the enticing prospect of a father/son battle with Kenneth II (killed by an elaborate statue) and Malcolm II (the dynastic serial killer). David I oversaw a revolution in governance and gained huge territory during the (English) Anarchy while James IV presided over Scotland's Renaissance. We compare them all, factor-by-factor, but once you've listened it will be your chance to decide who goes through to the Grand Final.

Survey Link

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March 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am

S2.47 Scottish Play-Offs: Group A

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The Scottish Rex Factor play-offs kick off in style with Constantine II (900-43), Malcolm III (1058-93), Alexander III (1249-86) and James II (1437-60) do battle for a place in the Grand Final. Listen to the episode to hear the four monarchs compared and then it's down to you to help decide who goes through to the final. Will it be Constantine II with his battles against the Vikings and Athelstan? Malcolm III for slaying Macbeth and seeing Scotland through the upheavals of 1066? Maybe Alexander III with his conquest of the Western Isles and a golden age (plus the nuns!) or James II, murderer of the Earl Douglas and blown up by his own cannon. The choice is yours (and also ours, it's a joint effort).

Group A Survey Link

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