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9 February 2004 (UK) See more »
Terry Jones hosts this series that looks at the real facts about the Middle Ages and its roots.
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 3)

Terry Jones ... Presenter (8 episodes, 2004)

Series Directed by
Lucy Cooke (3 episodes, 2004)
Nigel Miller (3 episodes, 2004)
Paul Bradshaw (2 episodes, 2004)
Series Writing credits
Terry Jones (8 episodes, 2004)

Series Produced by
Krishan Arora .... executive producer: BBC (8 episodes, 2004)
Paul Bradshaw .... series producer (8 episodes, 2004)
Nicolas Kent .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2004)
Annabel Lee .... line producer (8 episodes, 2004)
Vanessa Phillips .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2004)
Lucy Cooke .... producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Nigel Miller .... producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Clare Mottershead .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Katy Smith .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Nick Angel .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2004)

Alan Aleira .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
David Mitcham (8 episodes, 2004)
Series Cinematography by
Lawrence Gardner (5 episodes, 2004)
Mike Coles (3 episodes, 2004)
Patrick Duval (3 episodes, 2004)
Peter Harvey (3 episodes, 2004)
Mike Garner (2 episodes, 2004)
Series Film Editing by
Ian Arwas (3 episodes, 2004)
Russell Crockett (3 episodes, 2004)
Maggie Ward (2 episodes, 2004)
Series Costume Design by
Heidi Miller (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Isabel While .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 2004)
Series Production Management
Rachel Shadick .... production manager (8 episodes, 2004)
Jacqui Loton .... production manager (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Art Department
Deborah Kent .... props assistant (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Sound Department
Damian Reynolds .... dubbing mixer (8 episodes, 2004)
Chris Syner .... sound (5 episodes, 2004)
Simon Firsht .... sound (3 episodes, 2004)
Aidan McCarthy .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 2004)
Geoff Price .... sound (3 episodes, 2004)
Keith Rodgerson .... sound (3 episodes, 2004)
Antony Meering .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Dave Williams .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)

Jeff Richardson .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Barrs .... camera assistant (5 episodes, 2004)
Faye .... camera assistant (3 episodes, 2004)
Anna Franklin .... camera assistant (3 episodes, 2004)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heidi Miller .... wardrobe (8 episodes, 2004)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Cradick .... on-line editor (8 episodes, 2004)
Series Other crew
Alixe Bovey .... consultant: still photography (8 episodes, 2004)
Alan Ereira .... script consultant (8 episodes, 2004)
Cathy Featherstone .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2004)
Kate Harding .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2004)
Josh Keys .... researcher (8 episodes, 2004)
Marc Tiley .... researcher (6 episodes, 2004)
Catherine Cooper .... researcher (5 episodes, 2004)
Maria Laura Frullini .... fixer (2 episodes, 2004)
Richard Firth Green .... historical consultant (2 episodes, 2004)
Claire Mills .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2004)
Andrew Prescott .... historical consultant (2 episodes, 2004)
Faye Getz .... historical consultant (1 episode, 2004)

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UK:240 min (8 episodes)
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Who says history needs to be dull?!, 13 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

As a history teacher, I will heartily agree that too often our history is learned in such a dry and awful way that it's no wonder kids often say they hate the subject. In addition, people assume that nothing interesting or important happened during the Medieval period--like everyone just sat around waiting to die (at about age 7). That's how I was taught the subject by my teachers. Thank goodness for a television series like MEDIEVAL LIVES, as it injects humor into the topic and is told in a fascinating manner--and infuses the viewer with a sense that the "Dark Ages" weren't quite so dark.

Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) narrates this series and since there were no videos made during the time, knights, monks, serfs and the like are portrayed by animating them in a way reminiscent of Terry Gilliam (the guy who made the cartoons for Monty Python). And, given our newer technology, in many cases Jones himself is able to walk through these paintings and interact with the characters! Additionally, he travels throughout Europe to illustrate the locales talked about in the shows--which talk about such topics as the monk, the knight, minstrels, and peasants.

I have copied these shows when they came on television and given them out to my students to watch. These students who previously thought this time period was dull came back energized--laughing at Jones' antics and realizing how important and interesting history can be when properly taught! A must for anyone.

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