Reel History 2×02 – The Imitation Game

The story of the man responsible for helping to break the Engima code is the focus of this Reel History

Presented by Hugh K. David and Jenna Pateman, Reel History UK is an informative and engaging podcast exploring the presentation of historical events within pop culture ranging across film and television. Each episode, our hosts focus on a chosen television show or movie property that may be based on or around important historical events. From there, each episode discussion leads to the ultimate decision, is the chosen media property REAL History or REEL History?


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Recorded during British LBGTQ+ History month, in this episode Hugh and Jenna explore the life of Alan Turing though the film The Imitation Game directed by Morten Tyldum, written by Graham Moore and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, and Mark Strong.

Hugh and Jenna discuss how The Imitation Game took the story of the amazing teamwork at Bletchley Park, and how a group came together to build a machine that could crack the Nazi’s Enigma code and changed the narrative to focus on Alan Turing, an incredible individual, but someone who was happy to be part of a team, and what that does to the history.

They also chat a bit about LGBTQ history and issues, as well as Autism.


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