July 2014 in Review

This is an index and summary of the things I’ve talked about over the last month. Links for multi-post subjects go to the first post (even if it’s before this month), you can follow the internal navigation links from there. (TV shows without full posts will not be linked, but will be listed.)


Archaeology of Portus – a course on Future Learn about the history & archaeology of the main port of Rome.

Total: 1


Hamlet – the BBC production from 2009 with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in it.

Total: 1


On Guard.

Total: 1


Domesday Book – In Our Time episode about the Domesday Book.

Total: 1


Peeling Back the Shadows (SSAE Chesterfield Study Day 12 July 2014) – talk from Chris Naunton about Tutankhamun, and Barry Kemp about Amarna.

“Up the Nile with Amelia” Clive Barham Carter – EEG meeting talk in July.

“Vikings: Life and Legend” Thomas Wililams. Talk at the British Museum Members’ Open Evening on 16 June 2014, given by one of the curators of the Vikings exhibition.

Total: 3



The Birth of Empire: The East India Company – Dan Snow presenting a two part series about the history of the East India Company.

Britain Underwater – Panorama episode that aired in February about the flooding in the Somerset Levels (and other areas of the UK). Depressing, and looked at how there are no long term answers that will keep everybody from being flooded.

The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain – Lucy Worsley talking about the Georgian Kings.

ISIS – Terror in Iraq – Panorama episode about the disintegration of Iraq and the rise of the ISIS Islamic state. Thoroughly depressing, full of atrocities committed by ISIS – the conclusion seems to be that as they want to spread throughout the world the question isn’t if the West end up in conflict with them, but rather when.

How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears – a look at how the geography of the USA affected the colonisation and history of the Wild West.

Secrets of Bones – series about bones, their biology & evolution.

The Secret Life of the Sun – one-off programme with Kate Humble and Helen Czerski looking at the sun and the solar cycle. Lots I didn’t know or only had a vague idea about (like how long it takes for photons to get out of the sun!).

Tigers About the House – series following 2 Sumatran tiger cubs being brought up at a zoo keeper’s house in Australia for the first few months of their lives.

Tropic of Cancer – repeat of a series where Simon Reeve travels round the world visiting the countries that the Tropic of Cancer runs through.

Voyager: To the Final Frontier – one off programme about the Voyager missions, the space probes that were launched in the 1970s and flew past the outer planets of the solar system before heading out into deep space. Interesting both for the data they sent back of the planets, and also just for the fact that 1970s tech was capable of building and launching them.

Total: 10