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  • Powered flight. Votes for women. Human sexuality. Mass migration. The psychology of dreams. The magic of the movies. Spies and detectives. Welcome to Stephen Fry’s Edwardian Secrets

    Perhaps thanks to TV period dramas, the popular imagination may picture the Edwardian era as an idyllic window between the wars, a time of manners and tea on the lawn. But below the surface lies a frenetic and often bizarre age where scientific leaps forward went hand in hand with belief in fairies, and secrets of sex, lies and murder simmered. 

    Across 12 episodes, in this sequel to his Victorian Secrets, Stephen Fry uncovers some of the startling and unexpected hidden histories of the Edwardians.

    This original podcast is 8 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep 1: A Hard Act to Follow”.

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Episodes
  • Ep 1: A Hard Act to Follow

    Aug 11 2021

    The Queen is dead, long live the King. On the occasion of Edward Vll’s coronation, we look back at his life as spoilt child, curious adolescent and womanizing princely glutton. There’s a bizarre secret behind those early motion pictures of a new and rotund monarch.

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    31 mins
  • Ep 2: Big Helpings

    Aug 11 2021

    This was to be an age of excess for some, and plenty for others. An age when the ruling classes enjoyed a secret life of large-scale adultery. Plus, the story of a female celebrity cook whose quail puddings were loved by the King. But was there more to their relationship?

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    36 mins
  • Ep 3: Small Worlds

    Aug 11 2021

    The bumpy story of early British flight; some secret mysteries about the Titanic, plus the secrets of a famous pair of murderers who were tracked down thanks to new technology. Ships, Telegraphy and the popular press were shrinking the world, with some unforeseen results.

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    37 mins

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Great! Where is Episode 3?

I like that this series was a more human, less sensational than Victorian Secrets, which I found deliciously gossipy in tone and loved almost every second. Edwardian Secrets felt less like I was listening to a delighted delve into the lurid private lives of very strange people (which the Victorians were, don't get me wrong) and more like I was hearing about how a whole era conceptualized itself and defined it's social norms while being a bunch of messy oddballs who didn't know how to feel about their national and social identities. They felt more like people, less like subject matter. This was great. Where is Episode 3?

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Stephen Fry- an (Inter-)National Treasure

Fry could literally read cereal serials and I would listen. Loved the Victorian Secrets and am swooning over this one. More, please! (Where is episode 3? Was it especally scandalous? Bring it back!)

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loved it but had to stop listening

loved the history, the humor but got tired of the sex! almost soft-core porn. Very disappointed as I enjoy history and "documentaries".

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Good stuff - but where is Episode 3?

This is typical Fry level quality: informative, engaging, eccentric, and good fun! Stephen always makes you feel like he’s having a truly wonderful time, and he’s letting you in on his party - as a good friend.

He never disappoints.

However, episode 3 has been left off the list. Can you check into it, and add it back? When it’s Stephen Fry, you never want to miss a moment of the material…

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Happy dance

edited 16.8.21:Yes, it's there now, but wasn't yesterday, I swear!
What's with episode 3? Love it so far, almost as much as my adoration and appreciation of Mr. Fry himself. For other SF fans, the British Library q&a on YouTube should be checked out, he offers great recommendations and thoughts on modern reading and media consumption.
More please, especially episode 3?!

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Short Form Accessible History with a Twist of Fry

A time period I didn’t think much about is vividly brought to life, with each episode focusing on a separate aspect of the Edwardian era. Stephen Fry lends his wisdom, enthusiasm, and trademark deft touch to the narration.

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Really excellent!

This was my Saturday and it was excellent history. I will be reading the books cited here to get more depth on the era.

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Fun and informative.

I thought the earlier Victorian Secrets audiobook rather overrated but I was pleasantly surprised by the sample narration on this one. I’ve really enjoyed listening to it while traveling. This is a blend of stories and fairly serous historical studies and very entertaining. I might even have to revisit the earlier book.

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where is chapter 3?

it's great! like anything Stephan fry does. love him! but where is chapter 3?? missing!

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Stephen Fry’s new ‘must listen’

This podcast immediately draws you back in time to the Victorian era, showing you yet not widely known events, persons, secrets… It is a must listen time travel.

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  • Kirstine
  • 08-17-21

Ruined by intrusive music

I greatly admire Stephen Fry as a narrator and enjoy history but have regretfully given up on this series as it is ruined by often very loud music making speech difficult to hear. I cannot understand why producers think that music played at the same time as speech adds anything except annoyance for the listener.

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  • S
  • 08-12-21

Fascinating and entertaining history

As ever from Mr Fry, a brilliant balance of entertaining storytelling and fascinating historical facts. Didn't realise how much of the modern world was shaped by this period. Highly recommended!

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  • Emily
  • 08-30-21

very intresting and enjoyable

really enjoying this and getting lots of ideas for further reading on the subject. so many things being bought out that I really had not thought about.

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  • Kilrymont
  • 08-23-21

Only spoken by Fry, not his writings

But no worse for that. These items are masterfully delivered by he who has become a national treasure & are high quality stuff indeed. I can't comment on much of the factual accuracy but presume Fry wouldn't have delivered material of an inaccurate nature.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-19-21

Brilliant

Mr Fry is a lovely narrator with the added skits and views form professionals make it informative and entertaining! if you enjoyed this you need to check out his secrets of The Victorians too

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  • Philip
  • 09-02-21

excellent

Once again Mr Fry and company have produced an informative and educational look at a fascinating period of history. Well done.

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  • Julia Källén
  • 08-17-21

He has done it again

I loved the first series Fry did and this one is just as good. The topics are interesting and cleverly weaved together with great actors and music!!

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  • Ramya Kirtisinghe
  • 09-17-21

Entertaining and interesting

Brilliant performance, informative and entertaining. Glad I experienced it. Both this and the Victorian Secrets are well worth the listen.

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  • Andy
  • 09-16-21

perfect atmospheric and informative

the addition of music and effects only enhances the experience. brilliant stuff and highly recommended

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  • Sigrin
  • 08-30-21

Ear sized chunks of fun


Loved the Victorian secrets and this is just as good.

Love the 30 minute ish episodes to fill your ears with fun facts.

Delivered splendidly by the nations darling Stephen Fry.

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  • N. Hill
  • 09-24-21

Enjoyable

Very good narration as always from Stephen Fry, along with some great interviews and storylines. Worth the listen.

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  • 10-16-21

Absolutely amazing!!

Stephen Fry's narration brings life to these secrets of the past. Fascinating and engaging.

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  • Gayle
  • 09-16-21

A History buffs' delight.

Stephen Fry is brilliant as ever. A fabulous insight into the untold Edwardian era that you don't learn at school.