Inside the Tower of London

The Medieval Tower

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Medieval Tower

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Review

Not that there’s just one tower. There are several in William the Conqueror’s fortress.

This royal palace houses the Crown Jewels, but also used to be the Royal Mint and, until the Second World War, a prison. It once had a moat (to flush away medieval sewage) that was later drained to accommodate exotic animals including lions, polar bears and an elephant. The Tower’s residents now use it to exercise their dogs.

In this workmanlike but enjoyable doc we meet the Tower’s residents and workforce, including Chief Yeoman Warder Chris Morton, who has a very dry sense of humour, and curator and historian Tracy Borman, who shares bloody stories of beheadings.

Summary

Documentary going behind the scenes at the castle and exploring its 900 years of history. The first episode focuses on the iconic Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, following their daily routine and the appointment of a new Chief Beefeater. Plus, a look at the tower's origins in the reign of William the Conqueror and a new exhibition dedicated to the infamous story of the princes in the tower.

Cast & Crew

Director Luke Korzun-Martin
Producer Luke Korzun-Martin
Series Producer Nick Gillam-Smith
Series Producer Izzy Charman
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