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A Curious Historical Series that Flopped.
Dr. Barry Worthington (shrbw) from dundee
16 October 2002
The concept of producing a series of short dramas linked to the
of Winston Churchill's 'History of the Engish Speaking Peoples' probably
seemed a good idea at the time. Each episode commenced with a short
introduction to the historical topic, as if it was a reading from the
fixing the context of the drama that was to follow. Unfortunately, each
episode was scripted by a different author, and budget constraints meant
that the production values usually left a great deal to be desired. The
result was a very mixed bag - you never knew what you were
Some episodes were unbelievably bad or unintentionally funny. Others
make an attempt, and a few stood out. A short play about the levellers in
the English Civil War (the Burford mutiny)comes to mind, together with
another taking an unusual look at the American revolution from the 'Tory'
loyalist side. Many of the prominent British TV actors of the time were
in some odd historical roles - the sight of Arthur Lowe in a toga
the activities of the Picts can only be described as such.
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