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How The Victorians Ruined The World


Flushing toilets, tube trains and Christmas trees are just some of the finest legacies of the Victorian age… or did they bring a global sanitation crisis, middle class rush hour misery and annual family feuds over the remains of a chocolate selection box?

Find out in a one-off show I’m hosting with my sister, the science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney. We’ve put our sibling rivalry aside long enough to ask “How The Victorians Ruined The World” in a show that respectfully begs to differ. Buy tickets here!

Two top-notch guests are joining us in Hackney on Wednesday 16 July: Environmental engineer & toilet expert from UCL Sarah Bell, plus historian & author of “The Victorian Guide To Sex” Fern Riddell.

About half the tickets have already gone, so buy yours now if you want to be there to discover “How The Victorians Ruined The World” (if indeed they did…) and have your chance to vote how you would change it back!

NB Voting restricted to male landowning gentry registered before 1819

DRESS CODE: Victorian attire is welcome but not obligatory. Wrists, ankles and piano legs must remain covered at all times.

BBC Radio Pilot for Festival of the Spoken Nerd

The rumours are true… the Spoken Nerds are recording our first pilot for BBC Radio 4 Comedy on 26th April!

Unfortunately (fortunately?) all the tickets for the actual recording were snapped up within 24 hours of the announcement, but we’re doing 2 tryout nights in the week leading up to the big day.

22 April – Canal Cafe Theatre, Warwick Avenue – tickets
24 April – Camden People’s Theatre, Euston Square - tickets

Hope to see lots of London-based people there… and if all goes well and it gets broadcast, make sure you’re on my mailing list and I’ll let you know when you can hear it going out, and on the iPlayer afterwards!

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