.and this week we’ll be broadcasting a few documentaries really worth watching. Let me now present some of them:
For some 20 years and on stages all over the world, actress Prunella Scales has played the part of Queen Victoria in a unique one-woman show. The show is based on diaries written by Victoria herself throughout her long life. Here, in this programme, Prunella aims to deepen our understanding of the Queen still further as she goes on a journey to discover more about the person she has played for so long. From
Balmoral to the Isle of Wight, in royal palaces and private homes, Prunella meets historical experts and descendants of those who knew the Queen. What emerges is not the granite-faced and unamused monarch of legend but a more complex,
more passionate and more surprising woman altogether.
About 260 years ago Bonnie Prince Charlie triggered the last land battle in Britain. In this episode father and son presenters, Peter and Dan Snow, follow his tracks as he marched an army from Scotland all the way to Derby and was then chased back for the final
confrontation on Culloden Moor. As Peter reveals with the help of cutting-edge graphics how close Prince Charles came to
success, Dan goes on a night march and sees how, without the aid of modern technology, the troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie made a fatal error on the eve of the battle.
Terry Jones takes us on a tour of the Middle Ages destroying old myths and discovering extraordinary stories of real people.
Were the outlaws really like Robin Hood and were the sheriffs all evil and corrupt? Terry discovers that sheriffs were actually pen pushing bureaucrats, and the greatest threat to law and order in the Middle Ages were gangs of upper crust outlaws terrorising the country for the
sole purpose of getting rich quickly. But those same outlaws died heroes just like Robin Hood. As you will see, the story is not just a black and white tale of goodies and baddies.
She has her own bodyguards and lives in Paris in a humidified, air-conditioned box protected by triplex bullet proof glass. She is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Alan Yentob tells the story of how the Mona Lisa came to be the most famous work of art in the world. It’s a tale
full of notoriety, glamour and intrigue as the Mona Lisa is abducted, vandalised and exploited across the centuries. With the help of leading scholars and original research, Alan also finally solves the central mystery of the Mona Lisa, who she is and why she’s smiling.
abridged from: www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/listings