Review: Lucy Worsley – Mozart’s London Odyssey

It seemed a rather long time since the poor Review section of this blog had had any new content, and it was perilously at risk of feeling overlooked and neglected. Then, quite by chance, a new documentary from the spirited Lucy Worsley appeared on BBC4. Mozart’s London Odyssey follows a neat and circular narrative, beginning …

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Review: Queen Victoria’s Children

First shown in January 2013, this three-part documentary series has recently been repeated and is currently available on BBC iPlayer at the time of writing. This post reviews first episode, The Best Laid Plans..., which explored the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and how this in turn impacted upon their relationship with their …

Review: Majesty and Mortar, Britain’s Royal Palaces

First shown in June 2014, this three-part documentary is now being repeated on BBC4. The first episode, Towards an Architecture of Majesty, is available on iPlayer at the time of writing and provides a wide-ranging introduction to the history of Britain’s royal palaces.  While the claim that ‘no buildings in history have more dramatic history …

Review: Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders

For fans of Have I Got News For You, this documentary has Ian Hislop, first in a top hat and then on the streets of central London with a loudspeaker. So basically, it has everything you could want from a television show. On a more serious note, this documentary is comprised of a series of …