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Windsor Castle

Series 1 - Episode 2 Windsor Castle

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Review

Fiona Bruce peels back the layers of history at Windsor Castle, though there are no great surprises as she relates how William the Conqueror built and George IV perfected the palace. The pleasures come with the objets d’art including a saucy Titian and a sad portrait of the elderly George III – mad, bald and blind.

There’s a lovely scene where Bruce discovers a bizarre item that is at once a clock, a reliquary (holding General Gordon’s blood-stained Bible) and a small barrel organ that plays pieces by Handel. But best of all is Queen Mary’s stunning doll’s house, complete with a library of tiny printed books and working plumbing.

Summary

Fiona Bruce explores the history of Windsor Castle, which has evolved over more than 1,000 years from its original role as a fortress and was nearly destroyed by a fire in 1992. Inside the residence is a musket ball that killed a naval hero, jewel-encrusted gold and silver table decorations, and Queen Mary's doll's house - complete with running water and a secret garden.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Fiona Bruce
Director Ian Leese
Editor Ged Murphy
Executive Producer Basil Comely
Producer Ian Leese
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