CROWN AND COUNTRY

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CROWN AND COUNTRY
  • Crown & Country: Sutton Hoo

    Sutton Hoo is the oldest Royal burial site in Britain. It witnessed the elaborate funeral ceremony for the man often described as the first King of England, but was this claim justified - and what happened to the Royal line? The first in a new series of programmes written and presented by Edward...

  • Blenheim Part One: The March to the Danube

    On a bright summer morning 300 years ago, a battle took place in a field in southern Germany that stopped Louis XIV and his French army from taking over Europe.

  • Alan’s Secret Gardens: 18th Century

    Few gardening movements can match the impact of the 18th century landscape movement and Stowe school in Buckinghamshire is one of the most important examples of their revolutionary designs. Here we find a rejection of the rigid formality of the previous century and an embracing of nature, no matt...

  • Crown & Country: Harwich and Colchester

    For centuries, Harwich was the safe haven that allowed kings and queens of England access to and from Europe. Colchester's links with royalty go back even further. Edward Windsor explores the area's connection with his ancestors, follows the trial of Britain's most famous warrior queen and discov...

  • Alan’s Secret Gardens: 17th Century

    Alan Titchmarsh visits Hatfield House to look at the gardens of this 17th century stately home. He will examine the famous parterres which are some of the first examples of Britain’s affection for formal gardening.

  • Crown & Country: Bury St Edmunds

    Edward Windsor tells the extraordinary story of the first patron saint of England and the growth of Europe's largest shrine. He also unearths some far more sinister goings on!

  • Alan’s Secret Gardens: 19th Century

    The Victorians gave us a taste for exotic plants from around the world, a thirst for technology in the garden and a love of bold statements. Biddulph Grange, in Staffordshire, is a classic example of all these elements.

  • Crown & Country: Cambridge

    Edward Windsor returns to his old university to learn about the conflicts between 'town' and 'gown' and the royal connections that make Cambridge the most celebrated seat of learning in the world. There are tales of student pranks - and worse - from the days of the first royal student; also a cha...

  • Alan’s Secret Gardens: 20th Century

    Alan Titchmarsh reveals how Sissinghurst Gardens in Kent is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Created by two passionate gardeners, Vita Sackville-West and her husband, her stunning white garden is simply one of the most copied and most influential gardens of all time.

  • Crown & Country: Peterborough and Ely

    A Saxon princess who defied her king, and a Tudor queen who won popular acclaim (although she was banished by her king) - just two of the ancestors Edward Windsor discovers as he traces the connections between England’s Royal family and these two historic towns.

  • Crown & Country: The River Thames: Part One

    Edward Windsor chooses Tower Hill and the Pool of London - where the story of London really began, as his starting point for this series. Travelling east on a River Police launch, we learn about the origins of the force which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1998, see the glories of Greenwich,...

  • Crown & Country: The River Thames: Part Two

    Travelling west from the Tower, Edward Windsor has the Royal Watermen as guides on a voyage that passes some of the English capital’s famous landmarks. We visit the City’s first amusement park, visit the Royal Hospital at Chelsea with the Duke of Edinburgh, and hear how a Lord tried to cheat the ...

  • Crown & Country: Hertford and Guildford

    Why did King William, the Conqueror of England, build castles in these towns on opposite sides of London? Edward Windsor explores this and some of the other historic links between the towns. We visit a magnificent garden that was given away by the Crown and hear about the death of the country's m...

  • Crown & Country: Hatfield and St Albans

    The odd tale of two towns and two very different but equally fascinating women: Elizabeth I, who learned she was Queen of England while in a garden at Hatfield House, and Lady Caroline Lamb - whose strange antics enlivened proceedings at nearby Brockett Hall.

  • Crown & Country: London’s Palaces at Westminster

    Edward Windsor visits the two palaces at the very heart of the Crown's power, one where the Sovereign is crowned and the other where the Sovereign rules: Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster. What is the origin of the royal pomp and ceremony and what symbolic significance do the variou...

  • Crown & Country: London’s Palaces Whitehall to Buckingham

    Buckingham Palace is probably London's most famous building, but how did it come to fulfil its current role? Edward Windsor, no stranger to its corridors, takes us behind the scenes. We also discover London's great‚ "missing palace" and find out the unexpected connection between France's Versaill...

  • Crown & Country: Hampton Court

    Hampton Court was given to Henry VIII by his Chancellor, Thomas Wolsey, and was then continuously occupied by the Crown until the reign of George II. Why this special relationship with the Crown of England? What was William and Mary's unique contribution to the development of the surrounding park...

  • Crown & Country: The City

    London has had a long and complex relationship with the Crown - built over many years and taking many forms - from the sacking by the warrior Queen Boudicca, to the formation of the livery companies, and the establishment of the judiciary at the Inns of Court and the Old Bailey. The city also bor...

  • Crown & Country: Kensington

    Site of the palace once occupied by Diana, Princess of Wales, Kensington’s development was originally funded by the enormous success of Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition in 1851. Modestly, 'Albertropolis' was created! The area is still home to numerous museums, colleges, the Albert Hall and, most ...

  • Crown & Country: Richmond

    Richmond is the site of both a Royal Palace and a Royal Park, with an intriguing link to the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Kew. Most splendid under the Tudors, Kew was acquired by Queen Caroline in 1728 as a summer residence, but remained empty after the death of Queen Charlotte ...

  • Crown & Country: St Paul’s

    Sir Christopher Wren's crowning glory still sits at the heart of London's skyline. The cathedral has had a dramatic history: often damaged but never destroyed - even by the German blitz of 1940 - it stands as a potent symbol of the nation's capital. Buried beneath its floors are civil heroes and ...

  • Crown & Country: Greenwich

    The story of Greenwich Palace stretches as far back as 1471, right up to the Queen’s House as it is today. It includes the rival of the maritime museum, the observatory, the park and the Royal Naval College.

  • Crown & Country: Cinque Ports

    The first of six programmes in which Edward Windsor explores various sites in the south-east of England, examining their historical links with the Crown. When five small ports on the south coast came to a deal with the King back in 1050, it heralded the start of Britain’s maritime power. In the a...

  • Crown & Country: Windsor

    Edward Windsor takes us home to Windsor Castle, a royal fortress and family home for more than 900 years. He provides a unique perspective on the stories, legends and characters - not just of the Castle - but also the town, the Great Park and the surrounding countryside.