King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons

Alfred of Wessex

Series 1 - Episode 1 Alfred of Wessex

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Review

The Indiana Jones of TV history, Michael Wood, comes full circle with this latest three-parter. Back in 1980, when Wood was a relative unknown, he profiled Alfred the Great as part of his debut series, a superb illumination of the Dark Ages.

Here he returns to that thrilling tale, and has lost none of his boyish wonder. Aged 65, he still brings a dapper leather jacket, an excited eyebrow and an impressive pronunciation of Old English to the table. There’s even just a little Attenborough husk to his voice now. Travelling from Rome to Repton, he spruces up the landmark moments of the visionary, ambitious Alfred with enchanting storytelling. Michael Wood: still bringing history to twinkling life.

Summary

Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood tells the story of King Alfred the Great, arguing that he and his descendants were England's most influential and important rulers. In the first of three programmes, the presenter details a desperate guerrilla war in Somerset, and establishes how Alfred laid the foundations for a single kingdom of `all the English'. Filmed in locations including Reading and Rome, with contributions by leading scholars.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Wood
Series Producer Rebecca Dobbs
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