Revolution
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Series 1 - Episode 3 Revolution

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Review

This glossy romp through British history sweeps us from the Tudors and Stuarts through to parliamentary revolution. Gleeful dramatisations revel in the grisly end of Charles I, while academics and celebrities alike offer their historical ruminations. Here we have Terry Wogan praising the impact of Caxton’s printing press and Helen Mirren lauding Shakespeare’s legacy.

Even Russell Brand’s appearance is oddly fitting – sporting a roguish beard, he tells us how privateer Sir Francis Drake “was like James Bond… on her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

Summary

How Britain changed during the reign of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs. The programme explores the battles that established England as one of the world's leading naval powers and delves into Henry VIII's feud with the Catholic Church, revealing how he tried to silence dissenting voices. Contributors including Helen Mirren and Ben Kingsley also discover how literature from the period sowed the seeds of revolution, and learn why a riot organised from a prison cell laid the foundations for civil war.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Helen Mirren
Contributor Ben Kingsley
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