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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 3: The Georgians

Summary

The actor explores the lives of people from the Georgian era, including the stories of gin entrepreneur Elizabeth Bowman, who fell foul of the law when her enterprise was made illegal, and coach driver Jack Rann, who became a highwayman.
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Review

If you were rich, the Georgian period was a relatively sophisticated and elegant one. Not so for the poor. For a start, 200 crimes - including destroying a tollgate and impersonating a Chelsea Pensioner – were punishable by death.

Tony Robinson relishes telling us every gruesome detail of Georgian daily life but perhaps most nightmarish (and not for the squeamish) is how Elizabeth, who lived in London’s “Venice of the Slums”, had her leg amputated – without anaesthetic but with a baying audience. The recipe for home-made gin is pretty sickening too.

In How the Victorians Built Britain (9pm) Michael Buerk learns about the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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Executive producerAlice Harper
Executive producerLucy van Beek
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  • Episode 3

    The Georgians

    Summary

    The actor explores the lives of people from the Georgian era, including the stories of gin entrepreneur Elizabeth Bowman, who fell foul of the law when her enterprise was made illegal, and coach driver Jack Rann, who became a highwayman.
    Recommended

    Review

    If you were rich, the Georgian period was a relatively sophisticated and elegant one. Not so for the poor. For a start, 200 crimes - including destroying a tollgate and impersonating a Chelsea Pensioner – were punishable by death.

    Tony Robinson relishes telling us every gruesome detail of Georgian daily life but perhaps most nightmarish (and not for the squeamish) is how Elizabeth, who lived in London’s “Venice of the Slums”, had her leg amputated – without anaesthetic but with a baying audience. The recipe for home-made gin is pretty sickening too.

    In How the Victorians Built Britain (9pm) Michael Buerk learns about the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterTony Robinson

    Crew

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