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Britain's Most Historic Towns

  • 2019
  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • History

Summary

Alice Roberts explores the Second World War history of Dover, as well as Georgian-era Bristol, Edwardian Cardiff, and Civil War period Oxford.

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Episode 6: Stewart Stirling

Summary

Professor Alice Roberts explores the story of Stewart Britain by visiting Stirling, the seat of the Scottish royal family for 200 years. She joins a team of archaeologists in uncovering remnants of the docks, explores the secret passageways of Stirling Castle, learns how to make medieval ale, and discovers the origins of football

Review

Professor Alice Roberts completes her trip round Britain in Stirling, central Scotland, seat of power for the early Stewart monarchy for roughly 200 years. Stirling Castle was at its heart, a building of immense strategic importance atop a cliff.

Some bits of the city’s walls remain, in the oddest of places – Roberts meets an expert in the delivery yard of a shopping centre where some of the ancient brickwork is still intact – and there’s an absorbing discussion about what happened to the city’s human and animal waste.

Her final dressing-up opportunity of the series comes when she dons the costume of a brewer’s assistant to drink some ale, a diet staple when the water was barely drinkable.

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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
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Series producerLiam McArdle
ProducerJenny MacLeod
DirectorJenny MacLeod

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  • Episode 6

    Stewart Stirling

    Summary

    Professor Alice Roberts explores the story of Stewart Britain by visiting Stirling, the seat of the Scottish royal family for 200 years. She joins a team of archaeologists in uncovering remnants of the docks, explores the secret passageways of Stirling Castle, learns how to make medieval ale, and discovers the origins of football

    Review

    Professor Alice Roberts completes her trip round Britain in Stirling, central Scotland, seat of power for the early Stewart monarchy for roughly 200 years. Stirling Castle was at its heart, a building of immense strategic importance atop a cliff.

    Some bits of the city’s walls remain, in the oddest of places – Roberts meets an expert in the delivery yard of a shopping centre where some of the ancient brickwork is still intact – and there’s an absorbing discussion about what happened to the city’s human and animal waste.

    Her final dressing-up opportunity of the series comes when she dons the costume of a brewer’s assistant to drink some ale, a diet staple when the water was barely drinkable.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
    Executive producerDominic Bowles
    Series producerLiam McArdle
    ProducerJenny MacLeod
    DirectorJenny MacLeod
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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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