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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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Highly Entertaining, Fun for all ages! See more (6 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 3)

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

Series Directed by
Nigel Miller (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Terry Jones (1 episode, 2004)

Series Produced by
Alan Aleira .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Krishan Arora .... executive producer: BBC (unknown episodes)
Paul Bradshaw .... series producer (unknown episodes)
Nicolas Kent .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Annabel Lee .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Nigel Miller .... producer (unknown episodes)
Clare Mottershead .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Vanessa Phillips .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
David Mitcham (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Mike Coles (unknown episodes)
Patrick Duval (unknown episodes)
Lawrence Gardner (unknown episodes)
Peter Harvey (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Ian Arwas (unknown episodes)
Russell Crockett (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Heidi Miller (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Isabel While .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Jacqui Loton .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Rachel Shadick .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Deborah Kent .... props assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Aidan McCarthy .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 2004)

Simon Firsht .... sound (unknown episodes)
Geoff Price .... sound (unknown episodes)
Damian Reynolds .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Jeff Richardson .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Keith Rodgerson .... sound (unknown episodes)
Chris Syner .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Barrs .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Anna Franklin .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Cradick .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Alixe Bovey .... consultant: still photography (unknown episodes)
Catherine Cooper .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Alan Ereira .... script consultant (unknown episodes)
Cathy Featherstone .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Faye Getz .... historical consultant (unknown episodes)
Kate Harding .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Josh Keys .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Marc Tilley .... researcher (unknown episodes)

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UK:240 min (8 episodes)
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Highly Entertaining, Fun for all ages!, 25 March 2013
Author: ladybug2535

While the host, Terry Jones is most popularly known for his role(s) as part of the Monty Python gang, he also wears the high-brow hats of author and historian. He has been involved in producing both video and written works covering the lives, struggles and daily work (for example the series "Worst Jobs in History") of people through the ages, ancient and historical inventions (the series aptly titled *Ancient Inventions"), the history of mathematics/numbers (documentary: "The Story of 1"), and more. His numerous published works include several non-fiction histories, children's books and an in-depth speculative look into the mysterious disappearance of the famous Chaucer ("Who killed Chaucer? A real life Medieval Murder Mystery" NF). While not an "academic", Terry Jones definitely exhibits a love and knowledge of history, and obviously believes that education doesn't have to be dull. I have found all of his works to accurately reflect prevailing opinions about his subjects for the time of production.

You can be sure that Jone's videos are highly entertaining, educational and informative while steeped in G-rated humor (with perhaps some sly innuendo, which will quietly fly right over most youngsters' heads). Terry Jones is well-known for dressing in drag as part of his Monty Python skits, and there is no shortage of cross-dressing in his historical videos, to great effect. He's a wonderful sport about steeping himself quite literally into the lives of his historical subjects (hilarious and sometimes "awfully funny"--emphasis on "awfully" in "Worst Jobs in History"), which makes his presentations original, funny and humanizing. It's too easy to forget that our ancestors were all people just like us. Terry Jones has a wonderful way of bringing history warmly, respectfully, richly alive for all ages.

My only criticism is that I felt the segments were too short for each time period (which is more of a problem of the nature of the medium and not a question of quality). Both BBCand PBS often direct viewers to alternative sources for more information (both of which have aired these shows--and if I remember right, one or the other sponsored these productions).

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