American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Supremacy

Series 1 - Episode 3 Supremacy

ADVERTISEMENT

Review

In a career first, historian Lucy Worsley launches a nuclear bomb. Not really, but she’s given one of the keys to destruction when she visits a missile silo site, now a museum, in the Arizona desert. The other is in the hands of its former commander, and in a co-ordinated “strike” she issues the orders and death is dispatched.

Again, not really, but there’s something eerie and terrifying about the banality of turning a couple of keys and watching a few buttons light up, which, if this had been real, would have signalled mass death on an unimaginable scale.

It’s the final episode of an informative series and ends with Worsley examining the myths of the American Dream.

Summary

The historian reveals the myths and deceptions told following the United States' emergence as a superpower after the Second World War. The 1950s and early 1960s in America is remembered as a golden era of abundance, harmony and the American dream made real. Lucy Worsley reveals that to have been a carefully constructed illusion and that the era of America's supremacy was a time of government deception, racial conflict and fears of nuclear annihilation. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Lucy Worsley
Director Tom Cholmondeley
Executive Producer Chris Granlund
Producer Tom Cholmondeley
History