Tales from the Royal Bedchamber

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It doesn’t take long for chirpy Lucy Worsley, chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, to don a nightie and a bonnet before hopping on to a squishy tower of princess-and-the-pea mattresses. This is a jolly programme about beds and bedchambers and Worsley is never one to let a dressing-up opportunity pass her by.

She canters through history to discover the importance of bedrooms. These were charged places, where monarchs held court and where there was an awful lot of prurient interest about wedding nights and consummations. With a world still agog at the arrival of the new Cambridge prince, Worsley looks at superstitions and customs surrounding royal babies – poor Anne Boleyn was confined to a stuffy room for 18 weeks of her pregnancy while Queen Victoria gave birth without the outside world even knowing she’d been expecting.

About this programme

Historian Lucy Worsley examines the changing fortunes of the British monarchy by touring a selection of bedrooms once occupied by members of the royal family. Along the way, she reveals the extent of the nation's age-old obsession with royal babies, weddings and successions.

Cast and crew


Lucy Worsley


Nick Gillam-Smith
Richard Guard
Executive Producer
Greg Sanderson
Executive Producer
Lionel Mill
Nick Gillam-Smith