Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on Reddit
Email to a friend
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.
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 & Crew
Full Episode Guide
What really goes on inside a royal bedchamber?
Want to know more about the bedroom secrets of Britain’s royals? Just ask Dr Lucy Worsley
Lucy Worsley: Prince George has it easy compared with his royal ancestors
Emmerdale: watch Tom dodge Debbie's questions - see the brand-new scene
Coronation Street: Gemma gets relationship advice from Rita - watch the brand-new scene
Coronation Street heartbreak: see Rana pour her heart out to Kate - watch the scene
Coronation Street: see Gary get angry with Faye for doubting Anna's innocence - watch the scene