The British

Series 1 - 2. People Power

People Power
Radio Times
Review by:
Claire webb

Schoolchildren may enjoy this ambitious series, which spans 2,000 years of British history, more than buffs. This instalment takes us from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the Battle of Agincourt and is full of CGI sequences that mercilessly sweep and spin and swoosh. Oddly, as well as academics,
a ragbag of celebrities also pop up. Terry Wogan and Helen Mirren can always be forgiven screen time, but why on earth would anyone be interested in Russell Brand’s thoughts on medieval politics?

About this programme

2/7. How the Norman Conquest in 1066 transformed Britain, as William the Conqueror sought to assert his power over the whole of England by dismantling the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy and crushing regional diversity. The programme explores the human cost of his campaign and the lasting legacy of the social structures established by the Normans, and explains how a spirit of resistance began to foment among the population. Dramatic reconstructions also reveal how the longbow was instrumental in Henry V's famous victory at the battle of Agincourt in 1415. With contributions by Tim Roth, Jeremy Irons, Micky Flanagan and Tracey Emin.

Cast and crew

Cast

Contributor
Tim Roth
Contributor
Jeremy Irons
Contributor
Micky Flanagan
Contributor
Tracey Emin
Categories
Documentary