77. The Grand Final

After four years reviewing all the kings and queens of England from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II we have reached the end - the Grand Final. The three contenders for the Rex Factor crown are Alfred the Great (the founding father), Henry II (the Plantagenet top seed) and Elizabeth I (the iconic Tudor queen). In this episode, we compare them across all the factors but the winner will be determined by you - click the link below to vote on which monarch you want to be crowned Rex Factor champion.

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76. The Semi-Final Results

We're almost at the end - the Semi-Finals feature 9 of the 18 Rex Factor winning monarchs but after this just three will make it through to the Grand Final. Listen now to find out who is still standing, with sword held aloft, on the Rex Factor mountain...

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75. Play-Offs: Semi-Final C

In the third and final semi-final, our very first monarch, Alfred the Great, is up against the two Edwards - grandfather and grandson, Edward I and Edward III. But who deserves a place in the final? Will it be Alfred for saving Anglo-Saxon England from the Vikings? Edward I for conquering Wales with his magnificent castles and his reforms to the law and Parliament? Or Edward III for the Arthurian glories of Crecy and the Hundred Years War? Only one can go through to the final, so use the link below to vote for your favourite - the deadline for voting is Thursday 12 June:

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74. Play-Offs: Semi-Final B

Semi-Final B sees a fascinating mix of characters: the pious, all-conquering Saxon and first king of all England, Athelstan; the relentless, zealous, French-conquering hero of Agincourt, Henry V, and the vibrant splendour of a Tudor golden age in Elizabeth I. Only one can go through to the Grand Final, so make sure you vote for your favourite in the link below:

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73. Play-Offs: Semi-Final A

Things are hotting up now in the play-offs as we move on to the semi-finals. Semi-Final A is a real humdinger, with the top scoring monarch in Henry II up against two of the most iconic figures in Henry VIII and Queen Victoria. This time only one will progress into the Grand Final, so make sure you vote for your favourite monarch in the link below!

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72. The First Round Results

Things get real in the play-offs as 9 of the 18 Rex Factor winners are eliminated from the competition. The results are revealed for Groups A, B and C in the first round - the scores from Ali, Graham and the combined votes of the public at large will be put together and the top three in each group will go through to the semi-finals.

For more about the play-offs, check out our blog:

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71. Play-Offs: Group C

In the last of the first round ties, Group C is a fascinating battle between medieval (William the Conqueror, Edward III & Henry V) vs. the modern (William IV, Victoria & George V). William conquered England after the Battle of Hastings, while Edward III & Henry V enjoyed military glories against France in the Hundred Years war. William IV saw the beginnings of a constitutional monarchy, helping to usher in the Great Reform Act, while Victoria was at the centre of Britain at her imperial height. George V established the Windsor dynasty amidst the turbulence of the First World War and interwar years.

As ever, YOU can help decide who goes through - click on the link below and vote for your THREE favourites:

Group C Survey

The survey will close on 31 March 2014 so make sure you vote before it's too late!

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70. Play-Offs: Group B

Group B is a heavyweight affair of empires and conquerors. Cnut, a Viking, is one of a very small number of leaders to have conquered England, as well as presiding over a North Sea Empire, Henry II established the Angevin Empire (England and the 'left' of France), while Richard the Lionheart set his sights on Jerusalem and Edward I on Wales. Elizabeth I did not conquer but she presided over a golden age and saw off the Spanish Armada while William III set in motion the Glorious Revolution. Once again, YOU can help decide who goes through - click on the link below and vote for your THREE favourites:

Group B Survey Link

The survey will close on 31 March 2014 so make sure you vote before it's too late!

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69. Play-Offs: Group A

So the play-offs finally begin. There are three rounds and in the opening round we have three groups of six, which for Group A consists of Alfred the Great, Athelstan, Henry I, Edward IV, Henry VIII & Charles II. In this episode, we look at all the monarchs together, factor by factor, and debate who should come out on top. But who goes through will be determined by voting, so once you've listened to the episode, click on the link below and vote for your THREE favourites:

Group A Survey Link

The survey will close on 31 March 2014 so make sure you vote before then to have your say. If you have any problems with the survey, email rexfactorpodcast@hotmail.com

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Dynasty - Vote Now!

Ahead of recording the play-off episodes, we're having a trial run for how the voting will work.


Before you have to decide on your favourite monarchs, have a think about which is your favourite dynasty. Do you prefer the early, nation-building days of the Saxons? Does history begin with the Normans and their castles? The medieval might of the Plantagenets and the Wars of Roses with Lancaster vs. York? Perhaps the ever-popular Tudor soap opera or the ups and downs of the Stuarts? Alternatively, maybe your tastes are more modern with the Hanoverians or the Windsors.

Whatever you choice, just click on the link below and cast your vote:

Dynasty Survey

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