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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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Aug 13, 2017

My personal commentary on my book the Fighting Temeraire, which tells the story of the ship in JMW Turner's most famous painting The Fighting Temeraire. We are up to chapter 9! This is entitled The Retired Temeraire and tells the story of how the Temeraire finished up her active service in the Royal Navy but went on to have a fascinating after-life, including a significant period of time as a prison-ship housing hundreds of miserable prisoners of war.

Jun 30, 2017

This chapter brings the story of HMS Temeraire, the famous ship in JMW Turner's painting 'The Fighting Temeraire', up to 1805 and her heroics at the battle of Trafalgar where she won yet another layer of fame.

Feb 15, 2017

This is chapter two of my personal commentary of my book The Fighting Temeraire - which tells the history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting. In this chapter the Temeriare is captured in one of the most savage small-scale battles of the eighteenth century. Listen to this and find out what happens in the book without having to read it OR listen to an audio book! Clever huh?

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