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Britain's Most Historic Towns

  • 2019
  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • History

Summary

Professor Alice Roberts is back on the road as she tells the story of key periods in British through the stories of individual historic towns.

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Episode 4: Civil War Oxford

Summary

Alice Roberts explores the history of Oxford during the Civil War, when the city became a power base for the royalist forces and a rival capital for nine years of conflict. Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers why the city was such a good strategic position, while Alice takes up Charles I's favourite sport and learns to fire a 17th-century musket.

Review

Professor Alice Roberts looks understandably aghast when she’s told by a history expert that she looks like “the whore of Babylon”. But the boffin isn’t being gratuitously offensive -Roberts has dressed up like a Puritan woman in Cromwellian England, but has failed to remove her make-up.

Roberts is in Oxford, exploring the effects of the Civil War on the city Charles I made his temporary home after he fled from London. It was a good move on his part, though it was disastrous for residents – Oxford’s population was swollen by the monarch’s followers and illness, including typhus, and death followed hard in their wake. The Civil War was, she is told, the country’s “greatest human catastrophe” after the Black Death.

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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts

Crew

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DirectorJenny MacLeod
Executive producerDominic Bowles
ProducerJenny MacLeod
Series producerLiam McArdle

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  • Episode 4

    Civil War Oxford

    Summary

    Alice Roberts explores the history of Oxford during the Civil War, when the city became a power base for the royalist forces and a rival capital for nine years of conflict. Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers why the city was such a good strategic position, while Alice takes up Charles I's favourite sport and learns to fire a 17th-century musket.

    Review

    Professor Alice Roberts looks understandably aghast when she’s told by a history expert that she looks like “the whore of Babylon”. But the boffin isn’t being gratuitously offensive -Roberts has dressed up like a Puritan woman in Cromwellian England, but has failed to remove her make-up.

    Roberts is in Oxford, exploring the effects of the Civil War on the city Charles I made his temporary home after he fled from London. It was a good move on his part, though it was disastrous for residents – Oxford’s population was swollen by the monarch’s followers and illness, including typhus, and death followed hard in their wake. The Civil War was, she is told, the country’s “greatest human catastrophe” after the Black Death.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJenny MacLeod
    Executive producerDominic Bowles
    ProducerJenny MacLeod
    Series producerLiam McArdle
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