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March 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

S3.01 Consort Introduction and Agrippina

Welcome to Series 3 of Rex Factor! This time we will be reviewing all the Queen and Prince Consorts of England from Ealhswith to Prince Philip. In this introductory episode, we explain how we will be reviewing consorts (as opposed to monarchs) in each of the factors and then have an interview with Privy Councillor Dr Emma Southon, who has written a brilliant book on a Roman Consort, Agrippina.

You can follow Emma on Twitter (@NuclearTeeth) and her website Her podcast is History is Sexy (@SexyHistoryPod) and her book on Agrippina is "Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore".

You can find the Worst Foot Forward podcast on Twitter (@WorstFoot) and

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March 13, 2019 @ 1:29 pm

Viral History Podcast

Ali and I appeared on the brilliant Viral History podcast where they interviewed us about all things Rex Factor, including our forthcoming new series. Have a listen to it here:

We had a lot of fun doing it and if you've not encountered them before then it's well worth checking out their other podcasts and YouTube channel.

March 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Queens (Live)

In our final live show of November 2018 we were in Glasgow for the Battle of the Queens where Mary Queen of Scots took on Elizabeth I, Queen of England. They were rivals in life but who would be the victor in history?

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February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Saxons (Live)

In our penultimate live show we came to Manchester for the Battle of the Saxons where Alfred the Great took on his grandson, Athelstan, to see which of these two Saxon kings truly deserves the epithet 'great'.

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February 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the So-Called Baddies (Live)

It was the turn of the baddies for our live show in Leeds with John taking on Richard III in a bid to be crowned England's best baddy of the monarchs. But do either of these much-maligned kings really deserve their reputations or are they good guys in disguise?

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February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Raucous Royals (Live)

Ali's scandal bell was getting a good workout in our live show in Oxford as Charles II competed against George IV in the Battle of the Raucous Royals. Both kings got up to plenty of high jinks but who was the most scandalicious of all?

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February 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Favourites (Live)

In the second of our live shows in 2018, we had the Battle of the Favourites - Ali's favourite (Edward I) vs. Graham's favourite (Henry VIII). All pretence of neutrality went out of the window but who would the good people of Bristol vote as the winner? This podcast features the whole of the main recording as well as the audience Q&As, albeit the audience are not audible so Graham has had to approximate what the questions were!

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January 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Battle of the Champions (Live)

In November 2018, Rex Factor went on its first ever live tour, starting with this recording in London where we did the Battle of the Champions - Henry II (champion of the English monarchs) vs. Robert the Bruce (champion of the Scots). We present the full live show (barring the first 30 seconds that didn't record) including a Q&A afterwards with the audience (apologies for quiet bits when people couldn't reach the mic on stage!)

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December 21, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

A Royal Christmas Special

Originally planned for 2016, we have finally made a Christmas Special! From Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II, we take a stroll through history and see what some of our favourite monarchs were getting up to at Christmas - be it writing carols, ice skating or murdering the Archbishop of Canterbury. We'll be back in January with the recordings of the Live Tour and then the third series, reviewing all the Queen and Prince Consorts of England. For now, thanks for listening, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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November 30, 2018 @ 9:05 am

Maori Visit to Queen Victoria

In 1863, a former Wesleyan preacher, William Jenkins, led a group of prominent Maoris from New Zealand to England for a tour of the country and a visit to Queen Victoria. In this special episode, we take a look at the history of Maori and British relations, the highs and lows of the 1863 tour and aftermath as well as the visit itself.

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