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C5 Orders Yorkshire Railway Doc

Review by Jessica Goodfellow on Broadcast website, Wednesday 10th January 2018:

“DSP makes three-parter.

Channel 5 has commissioned a 3 x 60-minute documentary series on the the world’s most popular steam railway.

Darlow Smithson Productions’ All Aboard the Yorkshire Express will go behind-the-scenes at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

The series was greenlit by Lucy Willis, commissioning editor at Channel 5. It is executive produced by Erika Dodd and directed by Marcus Sulley.

In a statement, DSP co-managing directors Emily Dalton and Donna Clark described the show as “a real celebration of the extraordinary heritage and traditions of the country’s railways”.

They added: ”We’re hugely grateful to the North Yorkshire Moors for the unprecedented access they’ve allowed us in to their revered railway.”

C5 will air the series in a primetime slot later in 2018.”

 

Taken from Broadcast article: https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/channel-5/c5-orders-yorkshire-railway-doc/5125450.article

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England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death Of Lady Jane Grey

Review posted on BBC’s website in December 2017. Episode 3:

“Historian Helen Castor unpicks the story of Lady Jane Grey, the first woman to be proclaimed Queen of England.

Jane has been installed in the Tower of London by a powerful cabal of men in the royal court. They want to keep the Catholic Mary Tudor from power. Meanwhile, Mary has assembled an army and is ready to fight back.

Led by the manipulative Duke of Northumberland, Jane’s forces have assembled close to Mary’s castle at Framlingham. Poised on the brink of battle, the two sides are evenly matched and the outcome hangs by a thread. When a key supporter of Jane’s defects to Mary’s side, taking with him thousands of followers, the balance tips. The Duke of Northumberland is thrown into confusion and the country holds its breath to see what will happen next.

On the final day of Jane’s nine-day reign, the men who placed her on the throne abandon her and switch sides to join Mary. Their ringleader is Jane’s own uncle, the Earl of Arundel.

Jane and her father, the Duke of Suffolk, are prisoners in the Tower as Mary enters London in triumph.

Jane is put on trial, but at first her life is spared. It is only when Jane’s father joins a second rebellion that Mary takes action. She decrees that Jane, her husband and her father should be executed.

Helen Castor discovers that despite her reign lasting only nine days, Jane did leave a legacy: when Elizabeth I finally inherits the throne the lessons she learned from observing Jane’s struggles help her to rule for 44 years.

And, crucially, Jane opened the door for a woman to rule England in her own right.

Confirmed for BBC Four on 11 January at 9pm to 10pm.

Pictured: Helen at Framlingham Castle.”

 

Article taken from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/02/lady-jane-grey-ep3

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England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death Of Lady Jane Grey

Review posted on BBC’s website in December 2017. Episode 2:

“Historian Helen Castor unpicks the story of Lady Jane Grey – the first woman to be proclaimed Queen of England.

Jane is known as the ‘Nine Days Queen’ – and three days into her reign the clock is ticking. Mary Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, is determined to seize power. Both women are raising armies.

The manipulative Duke of Northumberland is dispatched from the Tower of London to lead Jane’s forces against Mary at her castle at Framlingham. Northumberland sets out for a battle that could descend into civil war. But ordinary people can turn the tide of history. Will they go against the odds and side with the Catholic Mary Tudor?

Jane’s military leaders send heavily armed ships to the coast of East Anglia to prevent Mary escaping by sea and to cut her off from any help that might come from Catholic supporters in Europe. But the crews rebel and turn the ships and their weapons over to Mary.

Mary and Jane now have armies matched in size and matched in firepower. The future of the country – its religion and its ruler – hangs in the balance.

Confirmed for BBC Four on 10 January at 9pm to 10pm.

Pictured: Dr Helen Castor dressed in armour from the time of Lady Jane Grey.”

 

Article taken from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/02/lady-jane-grey-ep2

 

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