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Rise of the Clans

  • 2018
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • History

Summary

Series following an epic struggle for power in medieval Scotland, told from the point of view of the feuding clans.

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Episode 3: A Queen Betrayed

Summary

Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary, Queen of Scots ultimately leading to the beheading of one of the most charismatic monarchs in Scottish history. The historian looks at the role of her half-brother James Stewart, Earl of Moray, in the attempt to overthrow her.
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Review

Neil Oliver strains hard to make the story of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley modern… “Portraits were the Tinder profile pictures of their day… Mary swipes right.” Oh Neil, that’s so unworthy of you! As, incidentally, is another atrocity later in the final episode – “fake news, 16th century-style”. Then the whole thing ends like a Meatloaf video with driving rock music as a boy clicks his fingers on a throne.

It’s a shame, as this is an otherwise well-done history of Scotland’s brutal form of local government, the clans. Mary, played by an actress in a ruff who stares imperiously down at the camera, takes them on but it all goes badly wrong.

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PresenterNeil Oliver

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DirectorRichard Downes
DirectorCraig Collinson
Executive producerRachel Bell
Series producerRichard Downes

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  • Episode 3

    A Queen Betrayed

    Summary

    Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary, Queen of Scots ultimately leading to the beheading of one of the most charismatic monarchs in Scottish history. The historian looks at the role of her half-brother James Stewart, Earl of Moray, in the attempt to overthrow her.
    Recommended

    Review

    Neil Oliver strains hard to make the story of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley modern… “Portraits were the Tinder profile pictures of their day… Mary swipes right.” Oh Neil, that’s so unworthy of you! As, incidentally, is another atrocity later in the final episode – “fake news, 16th century-style”. Then the whole thing ends like a Meatloaf video with driving rock music as a boy clicks his fingers on a throne.

    It’s a shame, as this is an otherwise well-done history of Scotland’s brutal form of local government, the clans. Mary, played by an actress in a ruff who stares imperiously down at the camera, takes them on but it all goes badly wrong.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterNeil Oliver

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorRichard Downes
    DirectorCraig Collinson
    Executive producerRachel Bell
    Series producerRichard Downes
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