Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: British History Movies

Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: British History Movies

Series 2



Two thousand years of British history in 60 minutes: not an episode of Doctor Who, but a feast of clips and à la Kermode commentary. All the major figures of our timeline are represented: Boudicca, Henry VIII, Elizabeths I and II, Hengist Pod...

It’s great to see again all those 60s thespian colossi clattering about and enunciating as no actor does today. But while maleness, war and imperialism are sadly common themes, there is redress in more recent productions, from The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots to Belle and Victoria & Abdul. Plus impressively smart marshalling of all those acres of material by Kermode, who ends his essay with a look at modern royalty: the rock star.


Mark looks at some of the best films about British history in the order of when they are set, tracing the story of Britain from the Roman invasion to the modern era, via medieval times, the Tudors, the Civil War and the 18th and 19th centuries.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mark Kermode
Executive Producer John Das
Series Producer Nick Freand Jones