The Sam Willis Podcast

Fresh off the acclaimed 3-part documentary series for the BBC - 'The Silk Road', Sam Willis takes us behind the scenes, interviewing the people that make the TV programmes on and gives us an insight into the life of a TV historian. Dr Sam Willis is an archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history, he also plays the guitar rather well. Follow Sam on Twitter: @DrSamWillis Producer: @DanMorelle
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Jan 31, 2018

The final chapter of my personal commentary of my book The Fighting Temeraire, where we find out how JMW Turner immortalised this ship in the nation's favourite painting.

Aug 4, 2017

This chapter in my book takes us up to a fascinating period in the life of HMS Temeraire, the ship immortalised in Turner's painting The Fighting Temeraire. The aftermath of the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805 is not well known. From May 1809-August 1811 HMS Temeraire served in the Baltic as part an an enormous British naval fleet sent to police that crucial sea and to interfere with Napoleon's plans to dominate Europe....

Apr 26, 2017

My commentary on my book the Fighting Temeraire, which explores the history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting, continues! We are now up to Chapter 5 'The Blockading Temeraire' which covers the crucial period of history from July 1799-October 1801 in which the Temeriare is part of the Channel Fleet sent to blockade the French fleet in their harbour in Brest.

Mar 12, 2017

The personal narrative of my history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting 'The Fighting Temeraire' continues with Chapter 4. In this chapter the book continues to 1793 with the advent of the French Revolution and the construction of an enormous new Second-Rate ship of the line - the 'new' HMS Temeraire which was the ship that went on to fight at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Jan 22, 2017

A Personal Commentary on my book, The Fighting Temeraire, a book which tells the story of the ship in Turner's famous painting. Introduction.

Jan 6, 2017

There I was minding my own business fishing when I met a man who told me a wonderful won't believe your ears.

Nov 28, 2016

I talk to photographer Chris Chapman about a fascinating mystery that links churches on Dartmoor with 7th-century China, all along the Silk Road.

Oct 7, 2016

Jim Causley is a folk singer and musician from Devon who specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Country. Hailing from the village of Whimple in East Devon, Causley was born in Exeter and is a relative of the Cornish poet Charles Causley.

Sep 9, 2016

Jon Morrice is the Producer and Director of Handmade on the Silk Road, a 3-part documentary and companion piece to the Silk Road series that was released earlier this year on BBC Four. Each episode follows a day in the life of a master craftsman. You can watch clips taken from the episodes right here.