Reel History 2×08 – The Western Today

We're heading to the wild west in a brand new episode of Reel History UK

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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What happens in this episode? 

In this episode, Jenna and Hugh each look at two very different examples of the Western genre today in an episode that ended up packed with laughs.

As always, SPOILERS lie ahead.

First up, Jenna takes us deep into Rockstar Games’ Western game universe RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2, and gets to enthuse as a gamer as well as a historian. Then Hugh tries and fails to control his laughter at the remembered jokes in reviewing Seth McFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, also starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman. He does nearly choke to death, but narrowly avoids it.

The pair discuss the roots of the genre, its evolution and how modern, younger audiences may or may not perceive the genre. In particular, how moving into modern comedy and open-world videogames affects the genre as well as people’s perception of it.


Enjoy Reel History UK? Want to dive further into film history? Then you can check out the entire series so far by visiting the official podcast page for the show.

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