Episode 9: Waterloo

This week guest host Cameron Reilly and Martin examine the 1970 epic Waterloo and argue about who actually won the battle.
(There is a stereo split for the first 29 minutes. We hope it’s not too distracting!)

In this week’s show Martin is joined by the Podfather, Cameron Reilly as they examine the 1970 epic Waterloo and argue about who actually won. It’s long but we hope it’s fun

Nick Parkinson provided this link to the article “Why the French think they won the Battle of Waterloo”:


Episode 7: Bridge of Spies

In Episode 7 we examine 2015’s Cold war drama Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks

Below is the link to the US Supreme Court’s record of the US vs Abel. The whole document is quite a daunting read but if you skip to page 362 US 242 you will begin with Justice Douglas’ dissenting statement (dissenting from the verdict) followed by Justice Brennan’s and Justice Black’s and they are well worth a read.


The two books used are Strangers on a Bridge by James B Donovan and Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell

Episode 6: Mutiny on the Bounty

This week we look at the three major movies portraying the events aboard HMS Bounty in 1789 and the conflict between Capt William Bligh and Fletcher Christian. It’s a big episode but we hope you’ll enjoy it

Episode 6: Mutiny on the Bounty

Simone Higgin’s Classic Hollywood MTC Podcast can be found here:



The following links will take you to the UK Amazon Kindle Store but from there you will be able to find other formats for the books and if you live elsewhere, you can copy and title and paste it into your local Amazon site or Google it to find where these books can be obtained. We would highly recommend Caroline Alexander’s book but William Bligh’s own account is also a fascinating read.

Episode 4: 300

Episode 4: 300. This week we examine Zack Snyder’s 300, starring Gerard Butler as King Leonidas, defying the Persian Empire at the head of a small Spartan and Greek force at Thermopylae

Episode 4: 300


Hilarious Helmet Histories take on 300 (with similar conclusions to our own):


Christian Cameron, author of the Long War series of books can be researched at his website here:


Also worth reading is Stephen Pressfield’s historical novel, Gates of Fire. Narrated by a fictional scribe to a Spartan soldier, this is also very well researched and brilliantly written:


And if you’re looking for more podcasts on this period, we cannot recommend highly enough Ryan Stitt’s podcast series on the history of Ancient Greece. Like us, Ryan is not a professional historian although his degree, like our own Andrew’s, is in Ancient History and Classical languages. Give it a try:



Episode 3: The Sound of Music

Episode 3: The Sound of Music. We look at the true story of the von Trapp family behind the iconic 1965 Musical which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and some of Hollywood’s most recognizable songs

Episode 2: Rush

Episode 2: Rush. This week we examine Ron Howard’s movie Rush, dramatising the Formula One 1976 season and the rivalry between Austria’s Niki Lauda and Britain’s James Hunt

This week we are looking at Ron Howard’s Rush, a thrilling dramatisation of the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between Austria’s Niki Lauda and Britain’s James Hunt. Enjoy the ride…

Below is the link to the Motorsport Magazine interview with Alastair Caldwell (McLaren’s Chief Mechanic from the ’76 season), courtesy of listener Brian Willit:

When Niki Lauda met Freddie Hunt (5 mins, 33 secs)