Greg Jenner

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Greg Jenner (born 1982) is a British author and public historian with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture and humour. [1]

Early life[edit]

Jenner studied a History & Archaeology BA and Medieval Studies MA at The University of York.[2]


Jenner has worked as a historical consultant on the anarchic Horrible Histories books and television shows.[3] Jenner has accredited the success of Horrible Histories to a non-patronising approach to children’s television.[4]

Jenner has written for GQ magazine[5] and has appeared as a guest on Richard Herring's interview podcasts[6] and on the Art Detective podcast.[7] He also featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme Great Lives discussing Gene Kelly.[8]

He has appeared more than once as a guest on QI spin-off podcast No Such Thing as a Fish.[9][10] and has also made appearances on the Simon Mayo[11] and the Steve Wright shows on BBC Radio 2.[12]

Jenner featured as an expert on the Inside Versailles BBC2 television programme,[13] as well as for the Independent newspaper, discussing historical accuracy in television programmes.[14]

As of September, 2019, Jenner began to present the BBC Sounds podcast, You’re Dead To Me. Each episode sees him to talk to both a historian and comedian about a historical figure or time period.[15] As well as streamed a radio edit version is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Jenner spoke out against proposals for changes to the national curriculum proposed by then Education Secretary Michael Gove.[16]


Jenner is the author of A Million Years In A Day: A Curious History of Daily Life, From The Stone Age To The Phone Age in which he described how routines and habits today had their genesis in the past as well as highlighting contrasts in every day routines through the ages.[17][18][19]

Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen was released in 2020.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Jenner is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.[21]

He is teetotal.[22][23]


  1. ^ Gaia Vince (2 April 2018). "This is why good people turn bad online". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Greg Jenner". HuffPost.
  3. ^ Richard Preston (21 February 2013). "Horrible Histories: 20 years of entertaining children". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ Vicky Carroll (16 February 2018). "Horrible Histories' Greg Jenner: "We don't treat kids like they're stupid"". The Big Issue.
  5. ^ "Will the monarchy survive the death of the Queen?". GQ. 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ Richard Herring (6 December 2017). "Greg Jenner — Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast #157". Richard Herring's interview podcasts – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Bayeux Tapestry — with Greg Jenner". Art Detective podcast – via Podtail.
  8. ^ "Greg Jenner on Gene Kelly, Series 46". BBC Radio 4. Great Lives.
  9. ^ "No Such Thing as a Fish". QI.
  10. ^ "List of No Such Thing as a Fish Episodes" – via GitHub.
  11. ^ "Rowan Atkinson set for Horrible Histories". What's on TV. 6 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Susan Calman and Greg Jenner". Steve Wright in the Afternoon. BBC Radio 2.
  13. ^ "Inside Versailles - S1 - Episode 10". Radio Times.
  14. ^ Mark Butler (23 January 2017). "Sex and swearing in the 1800s: Taboo is more historically accurate than you think". i.
  15. ^ "You're Dead To Me". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Historians back Gove lessons plan". Belfast Telegraph. 27 February 2013.
  17. ^ Vincent, Alice (25 May 2015). "14 things we learned from Greg Jenner's history of everyday life". The Daily Telegraph.
  18. ^ "Rebecca Rideal reviews A Million Years in a Day by Greg Jenner". The History Vault.
  19. ^ "How Did Women Deal With Their Periods? The History of Menstruation". HuffPost. 1 January 2016.
  20. ^ Fara Dabhoiwala (18 March 2020). "Dead Famous by Greg Jenner review – a joyous history of celebrity". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Who is Greg Jenner - the Public Historian?". Greg Jenner.
  22. ^ Jenner, Greg; Fletcher, Catherine; Wang, Phil (12 February 2021). "The Borgias". You're Dead To Me. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  23. ^ Jenner, Greg [@greg_jenner] (13 December 2016). "I should add, I've been teetotal since 2002. I find drinking culture fascinating, but it's not for me" (Tweet). Retrieved 21 August 2021 – via Twitter.