Skip to Content
Recommendation Engine

Recommendation Engine: Rewriting History

This week's critics are thinking about the Roman Empire

2:33 PM GMT on November 22, 2023

    Apple Podcasts: New & Noteworthy

    Spotify New &

    Big new releases: Legacy

    Hanging around: Dr Anti-Vax

    Fiona Sturges in the FT

    • Lights Out - "Lights Out is a long-running anthology series in which sound design is elevated to the realms of high art... “Dead Ends”, written and produced by Talia Augustidis, uses the fragments of surviving audio of her mother to create an intimate and moving collage of absence and loss."

    James Marriott in the Times

    • Being Roman - "The show is a testament to how much more clearly you can see the Romans if you refuse to be overawed by them. In Beard’s telling they emerge as rather less impressive than their grand monuments would have you believe — but much, much more interesting."

    Miranda Sawyer in the Observer

    • Death of a Codebreaker - “All the ingredients of a locked door mystery – the howdunnit as opposed to the whodunnit, though that’s also a big question – but sadly it’s a real-life story."
    • A History of the World in Spy Objects - “The episodes remind me of social media: punchy, interesting stories that won’t change your life but will give you something to talk about with your pub mates."
    • Legacy - "I’m not sure why Goalhanger keeps hiring middle-aged white guys to do the talking: Afua Hirsch could do this stuff far better on her own."

    The Guardian’s Hear Here column recommends

    • Springleaf - “In this comedy crime series, James Acaster claims he’s actually an undercover cop called Pat Springleaf who has spent years using a career as a funnyman as a cover story."
    • Where It's At: A Short History of Girlbands - “A lively look into the history of all-female musical groups"
    • What Now? With Trevor Noah - “Pushing the intimate celebrity format to the next level.”
    • Legacy - “Thought-provoking duo Afua Hirsch (pictured above) and Peter Frankopan look at historical figures through a fresh lens.”
    • Carrie Jade Does Not Exist - “Addictive and well-paced.”

    And in the Guardian’s Guide newsletter

    • Toast - "It looks at the game-changing products that in actuality, failed miserably."
    • One Year: 1990 - "Tales from 1990, including Pizza Hut’s role in the Soviet Union’s downfall." 

    Highlights from the Radio Times

    Heat’s Top of the Pods

    Ghost Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Oh, Baby! with Shaughna and Holly ⭐⭐⭐

    Also in Heat, an interview with Wolf and Owl hosts Romesh Ranganathan and Tom Davis. 

    Scott Bryan in Great British Podcasts

    In PodPod’s Earworms column

    • Henrietta Harrison, Bauer: The Girlfriends - “Funny, intriguing, beautifully told.”
    • Tomini Babs, Sensemaker: Pod Save the World - “Brilliant.”
    • Stephanie Fuccio, Coffeelike Media: Life with Leo(h) - “One of the audio dramas that got me into the genre.”
    • Catrin Skaperdas, CurtCo Media: Coffee Break Italian - “A great way to support education.”
    • Sarah Ray, Global: Harsh Reality - “Compelling and vivid storytelling.”

    And on Podcast Rex, we’ve been taking a look at the best book club podcasts.

    That's it for this week, if you know about any shows that we should be covering, get in touch via the Podcast Rex website.  

    And remember you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook for more great podcast suggestions and there's always something to read about podcasts on our own website -


    Already a user?Log in

    Thanks for reading our articles on Podcast Rex

    To continue reading articles here for free we need you to register. You can also choose to get our free podcast recommendation newsletter - Great British Podcasts. Already get it? Log in with that email address below to get access to more stories here on

    Fancy supporting the work we do? Subscribe here for extra benefits.

    Stay in touch

    Sign up for our free newsletter

    More from Podcast Rex

    No Rabbit or Hats

    Plus The Tories are the UK's new third party

    June 14, 2024

    Cheerful Earful podcast festival announces 2024 line up

    And there’s some seriously funny shows on offer

    June 13, 2024

    Sunak vs Starmer – The Rematch

    The political podcasts stay up late to review the debate

    June 13, 2024

    Your Next Podcast: The Modi Raj

    Can the Indian PM continue to balance both parts of his agenda?

    June 13, 2024

    Recommendation Engine: Thief at the British Museum

    Plus D-Day, personal history and a sprinkling of politics

    June 12, 2024