Paul Sinha's History Revision

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0101Football2014112620141203 (BBC7)

Paul's story takes in 15th-century explorers, the slave trade and mass immigration.

In Paul Sinha's History Revision the acclaimed stand-up and eleventh best UK quizzer Paul Sinha looks through all of human history and examines how we came to be where we are. He starts with something everyday, something we all know to be true; he then reveals the quirks of history and the fascinating stories that led up to this point.

In this first edition, Paul takes as his starting point the World Cup Final in June 2014, the biggest sporting event on the planet, a billion people watching twenty-five or so Germans and Argentinians play football in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. How did we end up here? it's a story that takes in fifteenth-century explorers, the slave trade, mass immigration, industrialisation, and British Army medical tests. Because no-one and nothing exists in a vacuum.

Paul Sinha is an acclaimed stand-up who was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy award for his show Saint or Sinha? He frequently appears on The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Fighting Talk. He is a resident 'chaser' on the ITV quiz show The Chase. He wrote and starred in one-offs The Sinha Test (2011) and The Sinha Games (2012) on Radio 4 and in 2013 had his own four-part series, Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha.

Produced by Ed Morrish.

0102Food2014120320141210 (BBC7)

Paul finds out how his high street became dominated by Chinese and Indian restaurants.

In Paul Sinha's History Revision the acclaimed stand-up and eleventh best UK quizzer Paul Sinha looks through all of human history and examines how we came to be where we are. He starts with something everyday, something we all know to be true; he then reveals the quirks of history and the fascinating stories that led up to this point.

In this first edition, Paul takes as his starting point his own high street in south London. Firstly, what historical evens gave his hometown its name? But more than that - how did it end up being culinarily dominated by Chinese and Indian restaurants? The story starts in 1600 and takes in trade, invasion, opium, a bloody civil war that left thirty million people dead, giant greenhouses and the cultivation of saffron.

Paul Sinha is an acclaimed stand-up who was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy award for his show Saint or Sinha? He frequently appears on The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Fighting Talk. He is a resident 'chaser' on the ITV quiz show The Chase. He wrote and starred in one-offs The Sinha Test (2011) and The Sinha Games (2012) on Radio 4 and in 2013 had his own four-part series, Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha.

Produced by Ed Morrish.

0103Music2014121020141217 (BBC7)

Paul's story of music takes in a Haitian rebellion, Slovenian hunting and Scottish whisky.

In Paul Sinha's History Revision the acclaimed stand-up and eleventh best UK quizzer Paul Sinha looks through all of human history and examines how we came to be where we are. He starts with something everyday, something we all know to be true; he then reveals the quirks of history and the fascinating stories that led up to this point.

In this first edition, Paul takes as his starting point Dolly Parton's standout performance at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. How did 120,000 people in a Somerset field, plus many millions more at home, come to be watching a 68-year-old woman from Tennessee on a Sunday afternoon? The story inevitable takes in a Haitian rebellion, Slovenian hunting, Scottish whisky, Italian electronics and the American son of a Russian farmer who didn't like music. Because nothing and no-one exist in a vacuum.

Paul Sinha is an acclaimed stand-up who was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy award for his show Saint or Sinha? He frequently appears on The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Fighting Talk. He is a resident 'chaser' on the ITV quiz show The Chase. He wrote and starred in one-offs The Sinha Test (2011) and The Sinha Games (2012) on Radio 4 and in 2013 had his own four-part series, Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha.

Produced by Ed Morrish.

0104 LASTCommunication2014121720141224 (BBC7)

Paul's story of the telephone takes in electro-shock therapy and an exploding boat.

In Paul Sinha's History Revision the acclaimed stand-up and eleventh best UK quizzer Paul Sinha looks through all of human history and examines how we came to be where we are. He starts with something everyday, something we all know to be true; he then reveals the quirks of history and the fascinating stories that led up to this point.

In this first edition, Paul looks at the modern's youth's obsession with a device that can be used to email, text, surf the web, play games and, very occasionally, make telephone calls - the telephone. The story of how it came, legally, into being obviously involves electro-shock therapy and an exploding boat. Paul also looks at a more positive aspect of young people, and tells a story of how the introduction of gin to the United Kingdom inspired the seventeenth century equivalent of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Paul Sinha is an acclaimed stand-up who was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy award for his show Saint or Sinha? He frequently appears on The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Fighting Talk. He is a resident 'chaser' on the ITV quiz show The Chase. He wrote and starred in one-offs The Sinha Test (2011) and The Sinha Games (2012) on Radio 4 and in 2013 had his own four-part series, Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha.

Produced by Ed Morrish

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Paul Sinha returns for a second series of his History Revision, the show that uncovers the fascinating stories that we've forgotten in our onward march of progress. In the last series we learned how Alexander Graham Bell did NOT invent the telephone, and that the World Cup final of 2014 could only have happened because of the 1415 invasion of Morocco.

1/4: Women.

This week, Paul looks at the forgotten women of history. From warriors to inventors to civil rights activists, Paul unearths some stories, that for reasons of sexism and patriarchy, we never got told about at school. You're welcome, ladies.

"Sinha's gift for finding humour in it all makes him worth a listen" - The Telegraph

Written and performed by Paul Sinha

Produced by Ed Morrish

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

0202Exploration And Death20160602

Paul Sinha returns for a second series of his History Revision, the show that uncovers the fascinating stories that we've forgotten in our onward march of progress. In the last series we learned how Alexander Graham Bell did NOT invent the telephone, and that the World Cup final of 2014 could only have happened because of the 1415 invasion of Morocco.

2/4: Exploration and Death.

This week, Paul looks at the some of the heroic pioneers in the field in exploration, and recounts how they met implausibly stupid deaths. From the mighty warrior who was killed by a dead man, to the botanist killed by cattle, to the man who is famous for something he didn't do (having been dismembered before he could do it) this is a show best listened to as you sit safely in a comfy chair, not travelling anywhere.

"Sinha's gift for finding humour in it all makes him worth a listen" - The Telegraph

Written and performed by Paul Sinha

Produced by Ed Morrish

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

0203Sex And Sexuality20160609

Paul Sinha returns for a second series of his History Revision, the show that uncovers the fascinating stories that we've forgotten in our onward march of progress. In the last series we learned how Alexander Graham Bell did NOT invent the telephone, and that the World Cup final of 2014 could only have happened because of the 1415 invasion of Morocco.

3/4: Sex and Sexuality.

This week, Paul looks at the role lust has played in driving history. Stories range from the loving marriage that prevented Dr Zhivago winning an Oscar, to the most depraved Roman Emperor of them all (it's not who you think), to the British monarch whose gay affairs changed the world. Phwoar, eh?

"Sinha's gift for finding humour in it all makes him worth a listen" - The Telegraph

Written and performed by Paul Sinha

Produced by Ed Morrish

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.

0204Planes, Trains And Automobiles20160616

Paul Sinha returns for a second series of his History Revision, the show that uncovers the fascinating stories that we've forgotten in our onward march of progress. In the last series we learned how Alexander Graham Bell did NOT invent the telephone, and that the World Cup final of 2014 could only have happened because of the 1415 invasion of Morocco.

4/4: Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

This week, Paul asks "How did we get here?", quite literally, getting the studio audience to tell him how they got to the BBC Radio Theatre, and then regaling them with stories from the history of transport. From the area of London that became a Russian train station, to the man who revolutionised both the motor industry and the music charts, to the names of airports around the world, this programme about the world of planes, trains and automobiles will provide fascinating facts and surprising stories (unless you listen on a weekend, when a bus replacement service is in operation).

"Sinha's gift for finding humour in it all makes him worth a listen" - The Telegraph

Written and performed by Paul Sinha

Produced by Ed Morrish

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.