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Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty

4 x 50' dramadocs for Channel 5

presented by Dan Jones


Four programmes bring to life the dynasty who dragged Britain out of the dark ages and into the modern world.  

The Plantagenet story is  shocking,  brutal and astonishing. One of overbearing fathers and weak sons, treacherous allies and adulterous wives, bad marriages, cousins at war and best friends turned mortal enemies. Blood and the pursuit of power are at the heart of every event. And for better or for worse, the Plantagenet Kings forged England as a nation.


Episode 1, Betrayal. Henry II  is a control freak betrayed by his own wife and children



Lucy Mangan in the Guardian


Chris Harvey in the Telegraph



Episode 2, Hatred, reveals how the powerful friendship between Henry III and Simon de Montfort collapses into hatred and bloody civil war.


In Revenge, Episode 3,  Edward II’s obsession with revenge tears England apart. The country is invaded by his adulterous French wife and her lover and it culminates in the killing of Edward himself, with a ‘legendary’ red hot poker.


Finally, Episode 4, Tyranny,  tells the story of the boy king and tyrant Richard II one of the most vicious and inventive despots in English history.


Sadly, for copyright reasons, I can't show you the films here. If you email me - just use the form in the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of the page - I will send you a link to compressed versions of the films.


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