My Thoughts on ‘The Great Fire: In Real Time’, Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and Rob Bell

FIRST AIRED: MAY-JUNE 2017 TV CHANNEL: CHANNEL 5 PRESENTERS: DR SUZANNAH LIPSCOMB, DAN JONES & ROB BELL Everyone has heard about the Great Fire of London in 1666. The story begins during the night of 2nd September 1666, when an unsuspecting bakery on Pudding Lane suddenly caught fire. Before it could be extinguished, the fire … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘The Great Fire: In Real Time’, Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and Rob Bell

‘To Get to the Heart of a Story, You Have to go Back to the Beginning’ – My Thoughts on Showtime’s TV Drama: ‘The Tudors’

Ok… so Jonathan Rhys Meyers looks nothing like the real King Henry VIII. Nor does the real Margaret Tudor marry the King of Portugal, (or Charles Brandon for that matter)! Yet no matter how strongly historians criticise the inaccuracies, no one will ever be able to diminish my love for Showtime’s ‘The Tudors’.  In defence … Continue reading ‘To Get to the Heart of a Story, You Have to go Back to the Beginning’ – My Thoughts on Showtime’s TV Drama: ‘The Tudors’

My Thoughts on ‘Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man’ by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

There are simply no words to describe just how much I enjoyed reading this book. Within ‘Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man’, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has written a beautiful in-depth account of one of the most dramatic events of the Second World War. The evacuation of Dunkirk in May and June 1940, is still widely remembered … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man’ by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

My Thoughts on ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Stefan Zweig

‘Marie Antoinette’ is one of the earliest full-length biographies, which focuses on the controversial last queen of France. The book is so persuasive and moving, that it continues to inspire modern day interpretations of this doomed queen’s story - including a film adaptation in 2006! In his book, Zweig explores the character of one of … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Stefan Zweig

My Thoughts On ‘Elizabeth I’ – A Documentary by Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones

FIRST AIRED: May 2017 CHANNEL: Channel 5 PRESENTERS: Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones WRITERS: Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and Christopher Holt What is ‘Elizabeth I’ about?: ‘Elizabeth I’ is a three-part docudrama that explores the life of Queen Elizabeth I. Now you’re probably thinking: “There are already several documentaries on Elizabeth I! Surely … Continue reading My Thoughts On ‘Elizabeth I’ – A Documentary by Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones

Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour: Two Peas in a Pod? Part Two

To Put It Bluntly… Jane Seymour Is Boring!:    Many people accuse Jane of being a hypocrite. She presented herself as a quiet and demure Tudor wife, yet she also sat back and waited until her husband had executed her mistress before marrying him herself. Poor Jane Seymour simply cannot win! She can’t be blamed … Continue reading Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour: Two Peas in a Pod? Part Two

Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour – Two Peas in a Pod? Part One

“Night and day; heaven and hell.” At least, that’s how David Starkey describes the contrasts between King Henry VIII’s second and third wives. It is true that from all outward appearances, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour could not have been more opposite even if they tried! Their looks, their personalities and their legacies are so … Continue reading Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour – Two Peas in a Pod? Part One