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Historical Friction

39 EpisodesProduced by Alice ProcterWebsite

Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it. Also sometimes bad wigs. Created by Alice Procter with Abigail Fine, Helen Victoria Murray and Sara Oberg Stradal

39 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Treasure Planet (2002)

August 18th, 2022


It's part three of Treasure Island adaptations this Pirate Season! In this episode, Helen gets body slammed onto the analyst's couch, as she introduces Abigail and Sara to her childhood fave, Disney's Treasure Planet …

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

August 10th, 2022


We're still in Pirate Season here, and this week Alice, Helen, Sara, and Abigail discuss Muppet Treasure Island (1996). Technically it's based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, but with some significant deviations …

Treasure Island (1950)

August 3rd, 2022


Arrrr me mateys! Pirate Season is in full swing here at Historical Friction, and today Alice, Helen, Sara, and Abigail discuss Walt Disney's Treasure …

The Pirate (1948)

July 27th, 2022


Welcome to Historical Friction: Pirate Season! We're kicking off a series of episodes on pirates in literature and film with The Pirate (1948), a …

Persuasion (2022)

July 20th, 2022


All agony, no hope. We here at Historical Friction decided that Netflix's new adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' was a Historical Emergency, so in this week's episode Alice, Abigail, and Helen watch this film so …

The Vikings (1958)

July 14th, 2022


This week, we've got anachronistic leather daddies, siege-based penetration imagery, big old snake holes, and Tony Curtis in tiny hotpants - it's got …

Inferno (2016)

July 7th, 2022


Nobody asked for this! Bad Film Expert and friend of the show Dr Melissa L Gustin came back, and we watched the third Dan Brown film, Inferno. This time there's maybe going to be a plague caused by a eugenicist tech …

The 13th Warrior (1999)

June 30th, 2022


This week, Abigail, Helen and Sara are your favourite exposition crones, as we take a wild ride through The 13th Warrior (1999) - a film that …

Affinity (2008)

June 22nd, 2022


In this week's episode, Alice and Helen discuss 2008 film Affinity, an adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel of the same name from 1999. Affinity is an atmospheric tale of Victorian crime and spiritualism, in which …

Enola Holmes (2020)

May 25th, 2022


In today's episode Alice, Abigail, Helen, and Sara discuss the 2020 Netflix film 'Enola Holmes,' starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill. The …

Ripper Watch: A Study In Terror (1965)

May 19th, 2022


This week Alice, Helen, Sara and Abigail all got together for our third Ripper Watch episode, a recurring feature discussing the representation of …

History Emergency: The Met Gala 2022

May 11th, 2022


After watching coverage from the Met Gala last week, Alice, Abigail, Sara, and Helen convened an emergency podcast session to discuss the three-alarm historical fashion fire on display on the Met Gala red carpet. They …

The Favourite (2018)

May 5th, 2022


This week, Abigail, Alice, and Helen watched Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite (2018), a gorgeous period piece set circa 1711 that explores the relationship between Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, and Abigail Masham. We talk …

Bridgerton (2020 and 2022)

April 27th, 2022


It's time! We finally surrendered! Here is a giant episode about Bridgerton! Alice, Abigail, Helen and Sara got together to try and understand the world's straightest show. We discussed teen girl friendships, bees, …

That Hamilton Woman (1941)

February 9th, 2022


This week, Alice and returning guest Nicole Cochrane watched That Hamilton Woman, a weird Second World War propaganda film dressed up as romantic …

Marie Antoinette (2006)

February 2nd, 2022


This week Helen and Abigail watched Sophia Coppola's biopic, Marie Antoinette (2006) starring Kirsten Dunst as the ill-fated queen of France. This is …

Ripper Watch: From Hell (2001)

January 26th, 2022


This week Alice, Helen, Sara and Abigail all got together for our second Ripper Watch episode, a recurring feature discussing the representation of …

Schmigadoon (2021)

January 19th, 2022


We're kicking off 2022 with a discussion of Apple TV+'s musical comedy pastiche, Schmigadoon! If you've ever enjoyed the sweet technicolor candyfloss …

The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

December 9th, 2021


It's December, which means we are once again subjecting you to a time travel Christmas romance. It's a tradition now! Sara was joined by Dr Eleanor Janega to watch The Knight Before Christmas. What is hawking? What is …

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire (2020)

December 1st, 2021


This week Alice was joined by Dan Hanks, author of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire, a historical fantasy about a very tired woman getting …

Beauvallet (1929)

November 24th, 2021


We read a book! Alice and Sara discussed Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer, queen of historical romance. We talked about enemies to lovers, Spanish …

Introducing "Ripper Watch"

November 17th, 2021


Something different! This week Alice, Helen, Sara and Abigail all got together. This episode is an introduction to a recurring feature discussing the representation of the Whitechapel Murders and "Jack the Ripper" in …

The Lighthouse (2019)

November 10th, 2021


Once again we are drowning in Robert Eggers' vibes - for this episode Helen Victoria Murray discussed The Lighthouse with Celine Brossillon, covering …

The VVitch (2015)

October 28th, 2021


Another spooky, vibes-heavy film to see us out of October! Eleanor Affleck and I watched The Witch, or the V V Itch, and loved it. Topics include the …

Black Death (2010)

October 20th, 2021


This week's show is the second in our double feature of plague movies! Sara and I watched Black Death, a bad film about torture and misogyny that is very much Not Bergman. We talked about funeral rites, fourteenth …

The Seventh Seal (1957)

October 13th, 2021


This week's show is the first in a double feature of plague movies - Sara and I watched The Seventh Seal, and talked about how it represents religion, art and mortality. This is a fairly serious episode, but next week's …

Lizzie (2018)

October 6th, 2021


Hi! We're back! Kicking off a spooky Autumn/Winter season, today's episode features Helen Victoria Murray to discuss Lizzie (2018), a fictionalisation of the real-life Borden family murders. We talked about crime and …

The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels and Demons (2009)

April 26th, 2021


It's hard when the Pope is your dad, and your actual dad is the Pope. Melissa came back to reclaim her title of "Worst Film Watched For The Podcast". …

Dangerous Beauty (1998)

April 12th, 2021


Dangerous Beauty (1998), also released as A Destiny Of Her Own or The Honest Courtesan, is a fun and frothy romance about Veronica Franco, a poet and sex worker in 16th century Venice. Yes, we talked about the banana …

La Révolution (2020)

March 22nd, 2021


Look, this show is absurd. It's the French Revolution with zombies and literally nothing makes sense. It was cancelled after one season and that's …

Lost in Austen (2009)

March 8th, 2021


It is a truth universally acknowledged that you know the drill. This week Lizzie Rogers and I watched Lost in Austen (2009) and talked about lipgloss, Mr Darcy, and the Austen Romance Industry. We also dug into what …

Ever After (1998)

February 22nd, 2021


For this episode, we're doing something a little different and discussing the heavily fictionalised past as represented through fairytales. Focusing …

The Dig (2021)

February 8th, 2021



After accidentally plugging The Dig twice last season, I finally watched it! It's fine! In this episode, Hannah Taylor and I …

A Timeless Christmas (2020)

November 30th, 2020


For the last episode of 2020*, we watched A Timeless Christmas, one of this year's Hallmark holiday films. The film is about a museum director who is …

The Mummy (1932, 1999, 2017)

November 23rd, 2020


Continuing an accidental series of episodes about archaeology, this week's episode covers three films - The Mummy, originally made in 1932, and its …

Pompeii (2014)

November 16th, 2020


Explosions! Swords! Horse girls! Melissa made me watch Pompeii (2014). We talked about the swords-and-sandals genre, the specific place of Pompeii in …

Desperate Romantics (2009)

November 9th, 2020


For this episode, Helen Victoria Murray and I revisited Desperate Romantics (2009), the show that made a generation of teens (or maybe just us) fall in love with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. We discussed the …

Twelfth Night (2017)

November 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we talked about gender and sexuality in three recent stage productions of Twelfth Night, and what happens when you look for queer history in a play from the 1600s. 

We discussed the 2012 Globe production

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October 27th, 2020


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