The Mark Steel Lecture

Stand-up comic and Independent columnist Mark Steel embarks on a series of humorous lectures covering historical figures who shaped their era.

With Melanie Hudson and Martin Hyder.

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The theme music is "The Pursuit of Power" by Keith Mansfield; see http://www2.playkpmmusic.com for samples.

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Stand-up comic and Independent columnist Mark Steel embarks on a series of humorous lectures covering historical figures who shaped their era.

With Melanie Hudson and Martin Hyder.

: The soldier statesman kicks off the radical comic's profile of key English historical figures. From September 1999. Episode 1 of 4.

The soldier statesman kicks off the radical comic's profile of English historical figures.

Oliver Cromwell: The soldier statesman kicks off the radical comic's profile of key English historical figures. From September 1999. Episode 1 of 4.

: The soldier statesman kicks off the radical comic's profile of key English historical figures.

From September 1999.

Episode 1 of 4.

The soldier statesman profiled, as the comedian looks at the lives of historical figures.

The soldier statesman profiled, as the comedian delves into the lives of key English historical figures.

The soldier statesman's profiled, as the comedian looks at the lives of historical figures

The soldier statesman's profiled, as the comedian delves into the lives of key English historical figures.

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The radical comedian profiles the 'first modern celebrity' in English cricketing and Victorian society. From September 1999.

The radical comedian profiles the 'first modern celebrity' in English Cricketing and Victorian society.

From September 1999.

Mark profiles the 'first modern celebrity' in English Cricketing and Victorian society.

Mark Steel addresses the nation on the subject of W G Grace - 'the first modern celebrity', English cricket and Victorian society.

With Melanie Hudson and Kim Wall.

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The radical comedian profiles the fascinating life and character of the legendary silent film star. From September 1999.

The radical comedian profiles the fascinating life and character of the legendary silent film star.

From September 1999.

The radical comedian profiles the fascinating life and character of the silent film star.

The radical comedian profiles the fascinating life and character of the great silent film star.

Comedian Mark Steel celebrates Charlie Chaplin's career, delving into the fascinating life and character of the man.

Mark Steel celebrates Charlie Chaplin's career, delving into the fascinating life and character of the man.

With Melanie Hudson and Martin Hyder.

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The radical comedian profiles the 18th century author and radical idealist. From September 1999.

The radical comedian profiles the 18th century author and radical idealist.

From September 1999.

The radical comedian profiles the eighteenth century author and idealist.

From 1999.

The comedian profiles the eighteenth century author and radical idealist.

Politically passionate Mark Steel takes a look at the 18th-century idealist Thomas Paine.

Politically passionate Mark Steel takes a look at the eighteenth century idealist Thomas Paine.

Stand-up comic and columnist Mark Steel from the Watershed in Bristol enlightens us on the life of Thomas Paine.

With Melanie Hudson and Martin Hyder.

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The comic examines the life and times of the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Romantic poet. From March 2001.

The life and times of the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Romantic poet.

From March 2001.

The comic examines the life and times of the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Romantic poet.

Mark Steel on the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Romantic poet.

Mark Steel on the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Romantic poet.Lord Byron.

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The radical comedian profiles the Greek philosopher, who he thinks was hard done by. From March 2001.

The radical comedian profiles the Greek philosopher, who he thinks was hard done by.

From March 2001.

This week, the Greek philosopher Aristotle.

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The radical comedian profiles the Italian artist and scholar - a genius or a hopeless absent-minded buffoon? From March 2001.

Hopeless absent minded buffoon or ahead of his time? Mark Steel helps you decide.

Comedian Mark Steel lectures humorously about historical figures that have shaped their era.

Comedian Mark Steel embarks on a series of humorous lectures about historical figures who shaped their era.

This week, Leonardo Da Vinci.

The radical comedian profiles the Italian artist and scholar: genius or hopeless absent-minded buffoon? From March 2001.

genius or hopeless absent-minded buffoon?

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The radical comedian profiles the revolutionary leader who became a left-wing hero, despite chronic asthma. From April 2001.

The radical comedian profiles the revolutionary leader who became a left-wing hero, despite chronic asthma.

From April 2001.

Profiling the revolutionary leader who became a left-wing hero, despite chronic asthma.

Comedian Mark Steel lectures humorously about historical figures who have shaped their era.

Comedian Mark Steel lectures humorously about historical figures that have shaped their era.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous lectures about historical figures who shaped their era.

This week, Che Guevara.

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Initially a hater of jazz music, the radical comedian profiles the American singer and songwriter. From April 2001.

Initially a hater of jazz music, the radical comedian profiles the American singer and songwriter.

From April 2001.

Initially a hater of jazz music, the radical comedian profiles the singer and songwriter.

Comedian Mark Steel lectures humorously about historical figures who have shaped their era.

Comedian Mark Steel lectures humorously about historical figures that have shaped their era.

Comedian Mark Steel presents a series of humorous lectures about historical figures who shaped their era.

This week, singer Billie Holiday.

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The radical comedian offers his assessment of the influential revolutionary thinker and philosopher. From April 2001.

The comedian gives his assessment of the influential revolutionary thinker and philosopher

The radical comedian offers his assessment of the influential revolutionary thinker and philosopher.

From April 2001.

Mark Steel tackles the father of socialism, Karl Marx.

Not literally - it's a lecture.

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The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the influential German composer. From September 2002.

The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the influential German composer.

From September 2002.

The comedian Mark Steel gives a humorous account of the life of the famous composer.

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a series of humorous lectures about historical figures.

With the help of Martin Hyder and Mel Hudson, he discusses Beethoven.

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The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the talented military commander. From September 2002.

The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the talented military commander.

From September 2002.

He discusses Hannibal, the Carthaginian warrior who trekked across the Alps with 37 elephants.

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The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of one of the world's most influential scientists. From October 2002.

The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of one of the world's most influential scientists.

From September 2002.

The comedian offers his assessment of one of the world's most influential scientists.

Mark marvels at the life and times of the Cambridge scholar who was probably the most brilliant and influential scientist ever.

He discusses the life of Isaac Newton.

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The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the life and career of the creator of Frankenstein. From October 2002.

The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the life and career of the creator of Frankenstein.

From October 2002.

A humorous assessment of the life and career of the creator of Frankenstein.

Mark Steel sheds light on the life and career of Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley.

In the process he explodes a few myths.

Mark Steel illuminates the life and career of Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley.

Comedian Mark Steel returns with a series of humorous lectures about historical figures.

He discusses the life of Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein.

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This week Napoleon: not as short as we thought?

The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the life and career of the battling French emperor. From October 2002.