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Tony Robinson's History of Britain

  • 2020
  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • History

Summary

Tony Robinson takes an entertaining look at the past, visiting tumultuous periods of British history to uncover tales of everyday people and explores the history fo the nation through the everyday lives of ordinary people.

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Episode 1: The Tudors

Summary

The actor explores the history of the nation through the everyday lives of ordinary people, beginning by looking at life during the reign of Tudor king Henry VIII. Tony talks about the role of executioner Thomas Grimes, and reveals how Richard Roose rose from pot washer to being the cook for the Bishop of Rochester.

Review

There’s a whiff of Horrible Histories about this series in which Tony Robinson delves into the miserable lives of ordinary people in the past. He starts with the Tudor era – “a time of sex scandals, executions and cod pieces” – and the work of Thomas Grimes, a knacker whose skills butchering animals earned him a new job as an executioner, a role that was much in demand during the reign of Henry VIII.

Having relished hearing the gory details of decapitation, Tony then learns about Richard Roose, the Bishop of Rochester’s cook, who was boiled to death for allegedly poisoning his diners. It took an agonising two hours.

How to watch

Next showing

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

Streaming

Details

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterTony Robinson

Crew

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Executive producerAlice Harper
Executive producerTony Robinson
Executive producerLucy van Beek
Series producerPaul Bradshaw

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  • Episode 1

    The Tudors

    Summary

    The actor explores the history of the nation through the everyday lives of ordinary people, beginning by looking at life during the reign of Tudor king Henry VIII. Tony talks about the role of executioner Thomas Grimes, and reveals how Richard Roose rose from pot washer to being the cook for the Bishop of Rochester.

    Review

    There’s a whiff of Horrible Histories about this series in which Tony Robinson delves into the miserable lives of ordinary people in the past. He starts with the Tudor era – “a time of sex scandals, executions and cod pieces” – and the work of Thomas Grimes, a knacker whose skills butchering animals earned him a new job as an executioner, a role that was much in demand during the reign of Henry VIII.

    Having relished hearing the gory details of decapitation, Tony then learns about Richard Roose, the Bishop of Rochester’s cook, who was boiled to death for allegedly poisoning his diners. It took an agonising two hours.

    How to watch

    Next showing

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

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterTony Robinson

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAlice Harper
    Executive producerTony Robinson
    Executive producerLucy van Beek
    Series producerPaul Bradshaw
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