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Stephen Fry's Edwardian Secrets

Written by: Stephen Fry,John Woolf,Nick Baker
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  • Powered flight. Votes for women. Human sexuality. Mass migration. The psychology of dreams. The magic of the movies. Spies and detectives. Welcome to Stephen Fry’s Edwardian Secrets

    Perhaps thanks to TV period dramas, the popular imagination may picture the Edwardian era as an idyllic window between the wars, a time of manners and tea on the lawn. But below the surface lies a frenetic and often bizarre age where scientific leaps forward went hand in hand with belief in fairies, and secrets of sex, lies and murder simmered. 

    Across 12 episodes, in this sequel to his Victorian Secrets, Stephen Fry uncovers some of the startling and unexpected hidden histories of the Edwardians.

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  • Ep 1: A Hard Act to Follow
    Aug 11 2021

    The Queen is dead, long live the King. On the occasion of Edward Vll’s coronation, we look back at his life as spoilt child, curious adolescent and womanizing princely glutton. There’s a bizarre secret behind those early motion pictures of a new and rotund monarch.

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    31 mins
  • Ep 2: Big Helpings
    Aug 11 2021

    This was to be an age of excess for some, and plenty for others. An age when the ruling classes enjoyed a secret life of large-scale adultery. Plus, the story of a female celebrity cook whose quail puddings were loved by the King. But was there more to their relationship?

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    36 mins
  • Ep 3: Small Worlds
    Aug 11 2021

    The bumpy story of early British flight; some secret mysteries about the Titanic, plus the secrets of a famous pair of murderers who were tracked down thanks to new technology. Ships, Telegraphy and the popular press were shrinking the world, with some unforeseen results.

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    37 mins

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I love this series

The Victorian Secrets, Edwardian Secrets and Secrets of the Roaring 20s are such entertaining listens. I really hope for some 30s, 40s, and more in the years to come.

Stephen Fry is unquestionably the best narrator there’s ever been.

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Great listen.

Who knew the Edwardians were so colourful in their lives. Several myths debunked about this time period indeed. Stephen Fry, as always, delivers yet another terrific series of unknown histories of the recent past.

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Loved it

Loved it. I learnt a lot and it was entertaining. I didn't realize there was an edwardian period.

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very interesting

A lot of things I didn't know. and the beginning of a whole new era in life.

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