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A History of Britain

TV Show
1h 0m
Documentary, History
3 Seasons
15 Episodes
Stretching from the Stone Age to the year 2000, Simon Schama's Complete History of Britain does not pretend to be a definitive chronicle of the turbulent events which buffeted and shaped the British Isles. What Schama does do, however, is tell the story in vivid and gripping narrative terms, free of the fustiness of traditional academe, personalising key historical events by examining the major characters at the centre of them. Not all historians would approve of the history depicted here as shaped principally by the actions of great men and women rather than by more abstract developments, but Schama's way of telling it is a good deal more enthralling as a result. Schama successfully gives lie to the idea that the history of Britain has been moderate and temperate, passing down the generations as stately as a galleon, taking on board sensible ideas but steering clear of sillier, revolutionary ones. Nonsense. Schama retells British history the way it was--as bloody, convulsive, precarious, hot-blooded and several times within an inch of haring off onto an entirely different course. Schama seems almost to delight in the goriness of history. Themes returned to repeatedly include the wars between the Scots and the Irish and the Catholic/Protestant conflicts--only the Irish question remains unresolved by the new millennium. As Britain becomes a constitutional monarchy, Schama talks less of Kings and Queens but of poets and idea-makers like Orwell. Still, with his pungent, direct manner and against an evocative visual and aural backdrop, Schama makes history seem as though it happened yesterday, the bloodstains not yet dry.
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Latest Episodes

Season 3 Episode 4
A History of Britain Episode: The Two Winstons 1910  present
June 18th 2002
Season 3 Episode 3
A History of Britain Episode: The Empire of Good Intentions 1830  1925
June 11th 2002
Season 3 Episode 2
A History of Britain Episode: Victoria and Her Sisters 1830  1910
June 4th 2002
Season 3 Episode 1
A History of Britain Episode: Forces of Nature 1780  1832
May 28th 2002
Season 2 Episode 4
A History of Britain Episode: The Wrong Empire 1750  1800
May 29th 2001
Season 2 Episode 3
A History of Britain Episode: Britannia Incorporated 1690  1750
May 22nd 2001
Season 2 Episode 2
A History of Britain Episode: Revolutions 1649  1689
May 15th 2001
Season 2 Episode 1
A History of Britain Episode: The British Wars 1603  1649
May 8th 2001
Season 1 Episode 7
A History of Britain Episode: The Body of the Queen 1558  1603
November 11th 2000
Season 1 Episode 6
A History of Britain Episode: Burning Convictions 1500  1558
November 4th 2000


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