I never knew there was so much I never knew! - Gyles Brandreth

Now the boundary of Britain is revealed - and everything unknown is held to be glorious, said the Roman scholar Tacitus almost 2000 years ago and his words are as fitting today as they were then - nowhere else can you find such a dazzling combination of gorgeous scenery and exhilarating history as you can in Great Britain and the Emerald Isle.

Join me and my special guests in this new Christopher Winn’s I Never Knew That Podcast series as we travel to all four corners of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland discovering sweeping panoramas and quiet corners, hearing epic tales and intimate recollections, seeing where history happened, meeting friends along the way, and learning about the people and places that make these beautiful islands the most magical place on earth. I guarantee you will learn something new and will find yourself exclaiming, again and again, I never knew that! Opening a door on to a world of knowledge, adventure and surprise now.


I would like to thank the talented Vansittarts, Rupert, Emma and Eden, for their generous contributions to the Christmas special and the opening series. Their masterly interpretations of the huge variety of voices that we hear across the episodes gives each podcast added depth and vitality.


Rupert Vansittart is a familiar and much loved figure of stage and screen from Four Weddings and a Funeral, to Pride and Prejudice, The Remains of the Day, Midsomer Murders, The Iron Lady, The Crown and more. He built up a loyal following as Lord Ashfordly in the popular long-running ITV series Heartbeat, was widely acclaimed for his performance as MI5 boss Sir Alec Myerson in Foyle’s War and has endeared himself to audiences across the world as Lord Yohn Royce in the spectacularly successful HBO series Game of Thrones.


Grand-daughter of silent film star Percy Marmont and daughter of actor Moray Watson, Emma Vansittart has acting in her blood. After a long run performing in the acclaimed production of Daisy Pulls It Off in London’s West End, Emma took a break from acting to raise her children and has recently made a comeback, appearing in the movie Johnny English Reborn and a recent episode of Casualty when she and Rupert played husband and wife!


Eden Vansittart is following in the family tradition as a fifth generation actor while at the same time producing and directing for theatrical productions. She enjoys voice work and provided voices for the online game Dance of Death: Du Lac and Fey. Multi-talented, she is definitely one to watch.