Greg Who?!

PROFESSIONAL ENQUIRIES FOR GREG JENNER, PUBLIC HISTORIAN:

  • 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

IN BRIEF

Greg Jenner is a British public historian with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture. He is the Historical Consultant to all eight series of CBBC’s Emmy & multiple BAFTA award-winning Horrible Histories, being solely responsible for the factual accuracy of over 1,800 sketches and 120+ comedy songs. He is also 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. His next book, Dead Famous, will be a history of Celebrity, spanning from Ancient Greece to 1950. In 2018 Greg was made an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London.

PUBLIC HISTORIAN: ON TV

Greg first 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.

 

PUBLIC HISTORIAN: RADIO & PODCASTS

In 2018, Greg was a guest on BBC Radio’s Great Lives (talking about Gene Kelly), the Film Programme, two episodes of Quote, Unquote, and he will broadcast a 3 hour radio documentary in February 2019 for BBC Radio 4 Extra about the ways that comedy writers have used history for funny material over the past 50 years (see interview with Stephen Fry, right). 

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. Greg has twice been a guest on Helen Zaltzman’s language podcast The Allusionist.

As a public historian, Greg 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, BBCRadio 5 Live with Danny Baker, BBC Radio 6 with Lauren LaverneBBC 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.

HISTORICAL CONSULTANT TO DRAMA & FILM

Greg has been Historical Consultant to the BBC TV series Horrible Histories for a decade. He was also the lead adviser on the Horrible Histories Movie: Rotten Romans (2019), and is currently working on a Cold War spy drama for the BBC (In development), a major UK feature film set in the 17th century (in development), and a Viking sitcom (in development). Previously, he was a key historical adviser on Channel 4’s 1066 : The Battle For Middle Earth (2008).

“FUNNY, FOR A HISTORIAN…”

Having dabbled in comedy at university, before then becoming part of the sketch and song writing team on Horrible Histories, Greg is known for taking a humorous approach to public speaking.

He 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, once on Do The Right Thing podcast, and spent 9 bizarre hours on stage as part of Mark Watson’s 27 Hour Comedy Marathon for Comic Relief. He regularly gives funny public talks, and spoke to a sold out crowd of 950 people at Hay Festival 2015. In 2018, Greg was a guest on Richard Herring’s comedy interview podcast RHLSTP. His Twitter account is a ceaseless stream of stupid jokes and bad puns, for which he refuses to apologise. 

TEACHING & LECTURING

Greg 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 (where he is an Honorary Research Associate), and has also lectured in other universities on the philosophical and pragmatic problems of how historical television is made and consumed. He is a historian interested in both history itself and how history is used in modern society.

Greg at York Festival of Ideas 2015, © Ian Martindale

HISTORY WRITING

As a freelance writer, he has contributed three songs and lots of sketches to Horrible Histories, and he’s also scribbled lots of articles full of fun history trivia for BBC History Magazine, History Revealed Magazine, Britain Magazine, The Radio Times, and The Huffington Post.

You can also read his blog.

TV DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

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. Before becoming a public historian, Greg worked in the TV industry as an Assistant Producer on historical documentaries, dramas, and digital interactive projects for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery USA, History USA. More recently, he co-scripted the TIME EXPLORERS digital app for Historic Royal Palaces’ schools educational programme available at Hampton Court Palace. 

OTHER INTERESTS

Greg is horribly addicted to Twitter. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram. He also has a love/hate relationship with Tottenham Hotspur football club. Sorry about that.