Scottish Play-Offs: Group A

Our first play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group A where we compare Constantine II, Malcolm III, Alexander III and James II or read on to get an overview of how they compare. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=80e30e7b-b556-421f-aeef-7d5bcb2f4586

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Scottish Play-Offs: Group A Voting

Our first play-off group is now live, meaning that you have a chance to vote! Click here to listen to the podcast episode for Group A where we compare Constantine II, Malcolm III, Alexander III and James II or read on to get an overview of how they compare. If you already know who you want to vote for, the link to the survey is just below:

https://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=80e30e7b-b556-421f-aeef-7d5bcb2f4586

Scottish Play-Offs

We now HAVE reviewed all the kings and queens of Scots from Kenneth MacAlpin to James VI and it is time to find out which one of them will be crowned the Scottish Rex Factor champion. As with our first series, we are playing all the Rex Factor winners off against each other in a public vote to pick the overall winner. Read on to find out who is in contention, how the play-offs will work and for the play-off draw. Or, listen to the play-off draw podcast episode here where we explain everything and make the play-off draw live (at the time).

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Rex Factor on The Young ‘Uns Podcast

Ali and Graham had a great time a few months back as the guests on the podcast of the highly acclaimed, award-winning folk group The Young ‘Uns in front of a live audience and now you can hear the results! We talk about Rex Factor, history, do a history quiz and sing a song about Anne Boleyn (everyone sings that, not just a duet!) It was a lot of fun to do so definitely worth a listen via the link below:

http://www.davideagle.co.uk/younguns-podcast-presents-rex-factor-live-pirate-castle-london/

If you’ve not encountered The Young ‘Uns (twice winners of Best Group at the BBC2 Folk Awards, don’t you know!) before then please do check them out as they’re absolutely brilliant and a lot of fun:

http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/

Robert III (1390-1406)

After a century plagued by a lack of male heirs, by 1390 there were too many! Robert III was well past his best when he became king and the country was technically being ruled by his younger brother. With another brother causing havoc in the north, this was not going to be an easy reign for Robert III, but if he could secure the succession for his own children then perhaps the newly established Stewart dynasty would bring some much-needed stability to Scotland. To find out how he got on, listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Robert II (1371-90)

Although famous for their James’s, the Stewart royal dynasty actually began with Robert II in 1371. For Robert to get things off to a flying start he would need to find a way to deal with the threat of invasion by Edward III, a rebellious nobility in Scotland and the relentless ambition of his own sons. To find out how he got on, listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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Tea and Empire

In our most eclectic special episode yet, we investigate the fascinating and dramatic history of tea and the British Empire. The humble tea has led to revolutions, global conflicts and helped oversee a transformation in British culture. Read on to find out more or have a listen to a free clip from our podcast episode (or buy the bumper edition episode for just $2).

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Ali Goes to Bosworth

During our successful Kickstarter campaign for Rex Factor the Animated Show, Ali took the brand new Rex Factor camera and went to the re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III met his end at the hands of Henry VII. In these two videos, Ali watches the re-enactment, tries his hand at jousting and meets some fascinating people including Phil Stone, chair of the Richard III Society, and even the rival kings themselves!

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Ali on BBC Essex

Ali was on the radio in June speaking to Tony Fisher of BBC Essex about Rex Factor – The Animated Show alongside Tom from Tinmouse Animation Studio. For anyone who wasn’t able to listen at the time, we’ve now got the audio of that interview available below. Enjoy!

Ali after his radio appearance alongside Tom (R) from Tinmouse, with Tony Fisher (L) of BBC Essex

David II (1329-71)

As the son of Robert the Bruce, David II had a very high bar to reach. In taking the throne as a child with a young Edward III determined to avenge English humiliation and put Scotland back in its place, the bar was threatening to disappear into the clouds. With a rival for the throne in the form of Edward Balliol and the impending drama of the Hundred Years War, could David II keep his throne and save his country, or would the hard work of the Bruce be undone? To find out, you can listen to his podcast episode here or read on to find out more.

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