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Private Lives of the Monarchs

  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • History

Summary

Historian Tracy Borman examines the private lives of some of the grandest and most notorious figures in British history.

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Episode 1: Queen Victoria

Summary

The lives of some of history's most iconic kings and queens. Tracy Borman explores Queen Victoria's relationship with her husband and her eldest son.

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Is there anything to say about Queen Victoria’s life that hasn’t already been stated in a slew of documentaries and films? Well, yes. Once we get past a résumé of Victoria’s childhood, presenter Tracy Borman reveals the monarch chewed gum laced with cocaine and regularly took opium as a tincture soused in alcohol. Heavens to Betsy! Actually, this was quite acceptable at the time.

Later we learn there were at least seven bids to assassinate the queen. A section about son Bertie’s louche behaviour feels out of place, while the stories of Albert’s death and gilly John Brown are overly familiar, but it’s a passable start to a new historical royal series.

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