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May 12, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

S2.37 James I (of Scots)

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After a century of weak rulers and a divided family, the omens looked bad for James I: his uncle, Albany, was in charge of Scotland while he was just a child in an English prison. However, James would prove a more forceful character than his recent predecessors and was determined to assert himself over his rivals in Scotland. With England struggling in the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses approaching, could James restore glory to Scotland and win the Rex Factor?

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April 28, 2017 @ 6:58 am

Boudica

Boudica's revolt against the Roman occupation of Britain is one of the most famous episodes in British history, but how much do we really know about her and what happened? We get to grips with the true story, finding out more about Boudica, the Ancient Britains, the Roman conquest and how close she came to victory. We also see how history's view of Boudica has changed in the last two thousand years and get to grips with the most important question of all - how to spell her name!

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April 17, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

Project Zeus

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If you've been following us on our social media recently, you'll know we've been teasing you about a new project codenamed #projectzeus - well, finally we can reveal what it's all about!

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March 24, 2017 @ 8:28 am

S2.36 Robert III

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For the last century, the problem for Scotland's monarchs was a lack of male heirs. In 1386, there were too many! Robert III was in his fifties and in poor health meaning his first brother, the Earl of Fife, was effectively running the country while his second brother, Alexander "the Wolf" of Badenoch, was causing chaos in the north. Throw into the mix Robert's eldest son, David, with an increasingly independent streak and a spot of bother with the English and it all makes for a tricky time of it! Will Robert III be able to come out on top or will this be another weak reign for the Scots?

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March 10, 2017 @ 7:44 am

S2.35 Robert II

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The accession of Robert II in 1371 marks the start of the royal Stewart dynasty in Scotland. In some ways, Robert had much more going for him than David - plenty of sons, Edward III in his old age (then Richard II in his minority) meant he was able to shore up his position both within Scotland and with England. However, Robert was already in his mid-50s when he became king and his adult sons proved to be ruthlessly ambitious and determined to gain power. Would the first Stewart king win the Rex Factor for starting a new dynasty, or would that same dynasty be the thing to hold him back?

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February 24, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

In our latest special episode we look at the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, exploring his life and character as well as some of his most famous projects including the Thames Tunnel, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Great Western Railway and his huge steamships. But will his grandiose ambitions and delight in danger prove his undoing?

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February 3, 2017 @ 7:31 am

S2.34 David II

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After the glories of Robert the Bruce, there was a lot to live up to for David II - which would not be easy, given that he was only a few years old, facing an adult dynastic rival in the form of Edward Balliol and a resurgent England under the mighty Edward III determined to get revenge for past defeats. Throw into the mix a new generation of nobles with little respect for royal authority and a nation ravaged by war and it all amounted to a rather tricky prospect. Could David II follow in his father's footsteps or would it be back to the bad old days for Scotland?

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January 20, 2017 @ 8:22 am

S2.33 Robert the Bruce

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Things have been torrid for Scotland under the rule of England's Edward I, but finally there is hope in the form of Robert the Bruce (and, frankly, in Edward II). Will this legend of Scottish history - the king of Bannockburn and the Declaration of Arbroath - defeat the English and win independence for Scotland? More importantly, will he be worthy of the Rex Factor?

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January 7, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

News and Previews

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We're back! Apologies for the absence but as you'll find out we have a very good reason. Our next episode on Robert the Bruce will be a biggie so we thought it would be better to get a quick episode out to update you on our news, including the launch of our long-awaited merchandise, plus some of your comments and a preview of our most recent special episode on Thomas Becket and as well as one of our new Privy Chamber bonus episodes that are available exclusive to Privy Councillors.

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November 28, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Thomas Becket

The murder of Thomas Becket at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most notorious episodes in English history. But how did this infamous murder come about? In this special episode we take an in-depth look at the quarrel between Henry II and Thomas Becket that turned to tragedy, going through the whole life of Becket, the friendship with Henry II, who was to blame for the prolonged dispute and who came out on top in the end.

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