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Putting History on the TV and the Radio

9th December 2021 @ 6:15 pm 7:30 pm


Still from the ‘Re-enactment history’ TV show, ‘Full Steam Ahead’.

About the December Forum

Presented by: Dr Chris A. Williams

Compared to other academic disciplines, History gets a lot of prime time TV and radio time. It’s consistently popular, but what are the effects of the compromises needed to keep the viewers and listeners happy? And what about the fashions and trends among the most powerful people you’ve never heard of, the commissioners? ‘History on the box’ comes in a variety of different genres, and each of these has its advantages and disadvantages. This talk will discuss a few of these, and give you an opportunity to think and talk about when, and how, history has been broadcast well, or broadcast badly. 

About the speaker

Chris A. Williams is a historian at the Open University. He’s worked as Media Fellow responsible for advising and liaison between the OU and BBC for all their co-productions in Arts. He also originated the BBC Radio 4 / OU series ‘The Things We Forgot To Remember’, the format of which was agreed at a meeting in the Marquis of Wellington pub on the London Road in Leicester.

About Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues. The Vaughan Open Research Forums take place on the second Thursday of the month.


Due to social distancing measures, this session will take place via video conference. Please register below.

The video conference will run from 6.15 pm – 7:30 pm. Details will be sent on the day via Eventbrite to people who have registered.

Putting History on the TV and the Radio

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