Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency

Series 1 - 1. Warts and All - Portrait of a Prince

Warts and All - Portrait of a Prince
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Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

The years between 1811 and 1820 saw seismic changes in British society. The larger-than-life Prince of Wales became Regent, Britain won at Waterloo, and painters such as Turner and Constable emerged.

Getting into her stride, historian Dr Lucy Worsley dresses up like Beau Brummell and examines the contempt in which the Prince Regent was held by cartoonists. He emerges as a rather forlorn figure: brought up frugally, embracing excess as an adult, while “waging his own personal war with Napoleon through interior decoration”.

About this programme

1/3. Lucy Worsley explores how British culture was transformed between 1811 and 1820, the period known as the Regency era. She begins by profiling George, the Prince Regent, and charts how his rivalry with Napoleon served as a catalyst for change and led to the development of a grandiose architectural style that changed the face of London.

Cast and crew


Lucy Worsley


Sebastian Barfield
Executive Producer
Michael Poole
Sebastian Barfield