• Ep. 2: The Buckingham Palace Freak Show

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Oct 18 2018
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Podcast
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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  • Summary

  • Step right up, step right up and don’t be shy - welcome to Victorian Secrets, and the secrets of... The Freak Show. The secrets of enormously fat men and bearded ladies, the secrets of exotic women with enticingly large buttocks, the secrets of Siamese Twins and dwarf families and, in particular, the secrets of our own, our very own Aztec Children, seen by half a million people on the European continent before they publicly revealed their own, personal, extraordinary secret.

    We’ll go backstage to hear the terrible secrets of the freaks themselves, we’ll lift the lace curtains of Buckingham Palace, where our own Queen, god bless her, took tea with the tiny, the towering and the terribly formed.

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Good but bad geography

Chapter 2, Stephen refers to Mexico (Aztecs) as central America. I'm in shock that Fry has no idea where is Mexico.

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back ground music

the music is really annoying. i l could not listen to this . get rid of the pointless

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What happened to episode 1?

Seems okay so far... but no episode 1 starts at 2 and is narrated as episode 2

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  • MGaffer
  • 06-07-22

Of only the distracting music could be eliminated

Stephen Fry is an amazing narrator in this series. Just as he excels in his other narrations. The subject matter and storylines are engaging and enjoyable.
Having say that….the drone of the annoying and persistent piano background music becomes as annoying and irritating as fingernails scratching the surface of a blackboard.
Shameful way to treat an otherwise excellent series.

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  • J. Hamilton
  • 26-03-21

fact light apologist sensationalism

this is really really bad. their take on the kidnapping enslavement and parading of people like Hottentot Venus and the so-called baboon lady... Juliette wwas really abused by her husband who traded her around and then sold her body and their child body after the death. but these apologists are like 'oh no, these freaks made lots of money so they were actually able-bodied! this was a good thing for them...."
No they were kidnapped, exploited slaves and there's miles and miles of research to support that. Lost all respect for this series won't be listening to anymore.

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  • Jul
  • 28-09-20

a different perspective

I appreciate the different perspective and explanations of people's thinking then and now. The historians do a very good job of explaining how people and our perceptions have changed.