The Radio Times logo
We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

Britain's Most Historic Towns

  • 2018
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • History
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Alice Roberts explores the history of locations including Roman Chester, Viking York, Norman Winchester, Tudor Norwich and Regency Cheltenham.

Advertisement

Episode 5: Regency Cheltenham

Summary

Alice Roberts tells the story of the Regency period by studying the history of Cheltenham, Britain's most Regency town. She attends a period society ball, investigates the rigid social hierarchy of the age and explores the Regency fondness for enemas. The penultimate episode of the series in which Alice Roberts studies one key period in history by delving into the secrets of a historic town that encapsulates the era, providing an accurate impression of what life was really like at key moments in the turbulent past

Review

Professor Alice Roberts is in beautiful Cheltenham, a Regency jewel that began as a little rural backwater but whose fortunes were transformed when a farmer spotted a spring on his land.

It was brilliantly marketed by a local businessman as having health-giving and curative properties (never proved) and Cheltenham Spa was born. The town became THE holiday destination of choice when George III went to take the waters, but it skyrocketed during his son’s Regency period. “It was the party capital of Britain,” says Roberts, who does a Lucy Worsley by hitting the dressing-up box and taking part in a Regency ball at the town’s Pump Rooms.

How to watch

Next showing

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

Streaming

We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

Details

Released on
2018-05-05
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
Executive producerDominic Bowles
Series producerDominic Ozanne

All episodes

  • Summary

    Alice Roberts tells the story of the Regency period by studying the history of Cheltenham, Britain's most Regency town. She attends a period society ball, investigates the rigid social hierarchy of the age and explores the Regency fondness for enemas. The penultimate episode of the series in which Alice Roberts studies one key period in history by delving into the secrets of a historic town that encapsulates the era, providing an accurate impression of what life was really like at key moments in the turbulent past

    Review

    Professor Alice Roberts is in beautiful Cheltenham, a Regency jewel that began as a little rural backwater but whose fortunes were transformed when a farmer spotted a spring on his land.

    It was brilliantly marketed by a local businessman as having health-giving and curative properties (never proved) and Cheltenham Spa was born. The town became THE holiday destination of choice when George III went to take the waters, but it skyrocketed during his son’s Regency period. “It was the party capital of Britain,” says Roberts, who does a Lucy Worsley by hitting the dressing-up box and taking part in a Regency ball at the town’s Pump Rooms.

    How to watch

    Next showing

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

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2018-05-05
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
    Executive producerDominic Bowles
    Series producerDominic Ozanne
Powered By
IMDB

How to watch

Next showing

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

Streaming

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sponsored content