Greg Who?!

WORK-RELATED CONTACTS FOR GREG JENNER:

  • For TV, radio, public speaking bookings, please contact KNIGHT AYTON
  • For literary & magazine enquiries, please contact Donald Winchester @ WATSON, LITTLE
  • For Historical Consultancy for TV/Film, please contact Greg directly via info@gregjenner.com

Greg Jenner is a British public historian with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture. He is the Historical Consultant to all seven series of CBBC’s Emmy & multiple BAFTA award-winning Horrible Histories, being solely responsible for the factual accuracy of over 1,600 sketches and 100+ comedy songs, and is the author of A Million Years In A Day: A Curious History of Ordinary Life, From Stone Age To Phone Age, which is an entertaining romp through the evolution of our daily routines.

Greg is a regular voice on national radio and podcasts. In 2015 he graduated to TV appearances as a panellist on BBC Two’s The Great History Quiz, alongside team captains Lucy Worsley and Dan Snow, and then as co-presenter on both series of Inside Versailles, the accompanying discussion show for the lavish BBC drama series Versailles about Louis XIV.

 

In June 2015 Greg guested on BBC Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity, appearing on the panel with the veteran comedian Ken Dodd and the mathematician Dr Hannah Fry. This episode won Best Radio Talk Show at the European Rose D’Or Awards 2016.

After studying at the University of York between 2001-5, Greg ran out of money and abandoned his plans for a PhD in Medieval Literature. Instead he has spent the past 12 years in the TV industry, working on an assortment of historical documentaries, dramas, comedies, and digital interactive projects for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery USA, History USA, and he has recently co-scripted the new TIME EXPLORERS digital app for Historic Royal Palaces’ schools educational programme. He is also currently acting as Historical Consultant to two major TV dramas in development.

As a freelance writer, he contributed a few of his own songs and sketches to Horrible Histories, and he’s also scribbled lots of articles (click to read them for free) for BBC History Magazine, History Revealed Magazine, Britain Magazine, The Radio Times, and The Huffington Post.

greg-and-lauren-laverne-september-8th-2016Greg Jenner has debated a government MP live on BBC Radio 5 Live, discussed the history curriculum on BBC’s Radio 4 and BBC1’s The Sunday Politics Show, and wore a VERY fetching purple jumper on BBC1 News with Huw Edwards to explain the implications of King Richard III’s discovery. Recent radio interviews include: BBC Radio 2 with Steve Wright and Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 5 Live with Danny Baker, BBC Radio 6 with Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio Scotland with Fred MacAuley, and Absolute Radio with Geoff Lloyd. He was also Chris Evans’ Not-So-Mystery Guest on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show, in which he delivered a brief history of briefs (underpants) to the nation.

Having also dabbled in writing and performing comedy, Greg made his solo stage debut at the Hackney Empire for Arts Emergency charity in 2013, has twice guested on the award-winning QI podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, and spent 9 bizarre hours on stage as part of Mark Watson’s 27 Hour Comedy Marathon for Comic Relief. He regularly gives public talks, and spoke to a sold out crowd of 950 people at Hay Festival 2015.

Greg Jenner is both a passionate defender and careful critic of the way in which the past is exploited by our society for entertainment. He teaches a Public History MA seminar at the University of York and Royal Holloway, University of London, and has also lectured in several universities on the philosophical and pragmatic problems of how historical television is made and consumed.

Greg at York Festival of Ideas 2015, © Ian Martindale

He has silly hair and is horribly addicted to Twitter. You can follow him @greg_jenner, or on Facebook. He also has a love/hate relationship with Tottenham Hotspur football club. Sorry about that.