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Seven Ages of Britain - Age of Revolution


In the 17th century, when the people of Britain learned to question everything. The result was the Civil War, in which everyone, including artists, had to take sides. Out of it came a reinvented monarchy, a scientific revolution and, ultimately, the great Cathedral of St Paul's. Highlights include the courtly portraits of Rubens, Van Dyck and Peter Lely, and the fabulous creations of the Royal Society. The programme includes: Charles I's execution shirt and painting of Charles with his head sewn back on (Museum of London); Rubens's Apotheosis of James I (Banqueting House); Van Dyck portraits (Tate Britain); Puritan tracts; Civil War re-enactment; Verney family tomb (Claydon House); Thomason Collection (British Library); portraits of Cromwell (National Portrait Gallery); Grinling Gibbons's golden statue of Charles I (Royal Hospital Chelsea); Peter Lely's Windsor Beauties (Hampton Court); Royal Observatory (Greenwich); Hooke's microscope and Micrographia (Science Museum); Wren's plan for London; St Paul's Cathedral.

Broadcasts

  • 2010-02-28 21:00:00 - 2010-02-28 22:00:00 on BBC One West, BBC One Wales, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One Scotland, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One South East, BBC One Oxford, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One South West, BBC One South, BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East, BBC One North West,
  • 2010-03-01 19:00:00 - 2010-03-01 20:00:00 on BBC Two England, BBC Two Wales, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Scotland,
  • 2010-03-06 01:50:00 - 2010-03-06 02:50:00 on BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One Oxford, BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One West, BBC One South West, BBC One South, BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East, BBC One Wales,

Credits

  • Presenter David Dimbleby
  • Executive Producer Basil Comely
  • Director John Hay
  • Producer John Hay
  • Presenter David Dimbleby
  • Executive Producer Basil Comely
  • Director John Hay
  • Producer John Hay
  • Presenter David Dimbleby
  • Executive Producer Basil Comely
  • Director John Hay
  • Producer John Hay