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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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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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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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