Greg Jenner (b.1982) is a British public historian with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture. He is the Historical Consultant to all seven series of CBBC’s multi-award-winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES, being solely responsible for the factual accuracy of over 1,500 sketches and 100+ comedy songs. He is also the author of A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY: A CURIOUS HISTORY OF DAILY LIFE.
Though usually working behind-the-scenes in TV, Greg has made various public appearances. He co-hosted BBC2's INSIDE VERSAILLES discussion programme, and was one of the expert panellists on BBC2’s THE GREAT HISTORY QUIZ (broadcast on Christmas Eve 2015), joining team captains Lucy Worsley and Dan Snow. He’s also made numerous appearances on British national radio and popular podcasts.
Raised in Tunbridge Wells, Greg studied for 4 years at the University of York but couldn't afford to pursue a PhD in Medieval Literature. Instead he spent the past 12 years in the TV industry, working on an assortment of historical documentaries, dramas, comedies, and digital interactive projects for BBC, ITV, CHANNEL 4, CHANNEL 5, DISCOVERY, HISTORY USA, and has recently co-scripted an interactive digital guide for children visiting Hampton Court. He is currently advising on two major TV dramas in development.
As a writer, Greg sometimes sneaks his own songs and sketches into HORRIBLE HISTORIES (including writing an Elvis parody for Rowan Atkinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odZsn7Y-VRA). He has also scribbled articles for BBC HISTORY, BRITAIN, THE RADIO TIMES, and regular columns for HUFFINGTON POST UK and HISTORY REVEALED.
Having also dabbled in comedy, Greg made his stage debut at the Hackney Empire for ARTS EMERGENCY charity in 2013, has twice guested on the award-winning QI podcast NO SUCH THING AS A FISH, and spent 9 bizarre hours on stage as part of Mark Watson’s 27 Hour Comedy Marathon for COMIC RELIEF. He spoke to a sold out crowd of 950 people at HAY FESTIVAL 2015.
Greg is both a passionate defender and careful critic of the way in which the past is exploited by our society for entertainment. He teaches a Public History MA seminar at York University and Royal Holloway, and has also lectured on the philosophical and pragmatic problems of how historical television is made and consumed.
He has silly hair and is horribly addicted to Twitter puns – you can follow him @greg_jenner. He also has a love/hate relationship with Spurs. Sorry about that.