The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

It’s a fired-up Melvyn Bragg who passionately relives the story of his great hero. William Tyndale’s translation of the Bible into English makes him “one of the greatest men in English history”, Bragg argues, and his contribution to our culture is “enormous, majestic, unparalleled”. Strange as it seems to us now, his work challenged all the structures of Tudor authority, forcing Tyndale into exile and leading ultimately to his execution.

To understand why something that seems so straightforward – translating the scriptures – was so revolutionary, Bragg has to sketch the landscape of the times and what was at stake in the Reformation, which he does brilliantly.

About this programme

Melvyn Bragg explores the story of 16th-century scholar and theologian William Tyndale and examines the lasting impact of his mission to translate the Bible into English. The broadcaster reveals how Tyndale's quest made him a profound threat to the authority of both Church and State, setting him on a collision course with emissaries of Henry VIII and the pope.

Cast and crew


Melvyn Bragg


Anna Cox
Executive Producer
Mike Smith
Anna Cox

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