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)