Series 1 - 2. Metalworks! - The Knight's Tale

Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

As a young prince, Henry VIII was forbidden from jousting. But after he’d ascended the throne in 1509, Henry was free to indulge his passion, and built an entire armoury workshop in south London, bringing in top craftsmen from Germany to create engraved and etched suits of armour fit for a modern monarch.

Armour is clearly close to the heart of presenter Tobias “I’ve been jousting for 20 years” Capwell, curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, who charts the development of the “Greenwich style” with an enthusiasm verging on the fetishistic, gazing longingly at suits made for Henry and a gorgeously gilded number designed for one of Elizabeth I’s champions.

About this programme

2/3. Tobias Capwell explores how Henry VIII combined German technology with Renaissance artistry in his quest to conform to the image of the perfect knight. He also reveals how the monarch's daughter, Elizabeth I, exploited the image further by making her courtiers parade before her in the most innovative and richly decorated suits of armour ever commissioned in steel.

Cast and crew


Tobias Capwell


Ben McPherson
Executive Producer
Franny Moyle