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May 31, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

Radio Times Podcast of the Week!

We were very excited to be named the Radio Times podcast of the week for their Jubilee Special edition - and in celebrating Elizabeth II's incredible 60 years on the throne it's a great chance to have a look back at the many monarchs who preceded her.

If you're new to Rex Factor, what we do is spend one episode looking at each monarch of England (and, from 1603, Britain), spending one half of the review going through the main events of their reign while in the second half we review them on a number of factors: how good they are in battle, notable scandal, how well they rule, how long they rule for and how many children they have. Finally, we consider whether they have that mark of greatness, the lasting legacy and star quality that we call "Rex Factor".

For our newest episode, George III, we found his life and reign so long and momentous that we've actually decided to split the biography and review into two episodes. A very interesting reign, but if you want to get  a sense of a normal episode first, why not try his predecessor George II or the highly entertaining Charles II.

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May 30, 2012 @ 8:09 am

50. George III (the biography)

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It's a slight change in format this episode as we split George III in half (so to speak) - this episode will focus on the events and background to his reign while the next will see us review him in the usual fashion and decide whether he has the Rex Factor. So why does "Mad King George" need two episodes? Besides the madness, George's reign encompasses the end of the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, the political rivalry between Pitt the Younger and Charles Fox...and much more besides!

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May 5, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

49. George II

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It's a case of history repeating itself when George II comes to the throne in 1727 - like his father, he has Robert Walpole as his 'prime minister', is at odds with his eldest son, has a Jacobite rebellion to deal with, gets involved in the wars and diplomacy of continental Europe and is keen to get back to Hanover as much as possible. Where George II does differ, however, is in his strong and happy marriage to Caroline of Ansbach and the military triumph enjoyed under his rule, with Britain becoming a major worldwide power under the direction of Pitt the Elder. With victories against France and Bonnie Prince Charlie, could George II become the first Hanoverian Rex Factor winner?

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