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Tales from the Tower (2001)

England's infamous Tower of London is showcased, and a history of its uses, including a prison, torture chamber and repository for the royal jewels.
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Dallas Campbell ... Narrator
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Marc Bolton ... Duke of Monmouth
... Wat Tyler
Joseph C. Sullivan ... Robert Carr
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England's infamous Tower of London is showcased, and a history of its uses, including a prison, torture chamber and repository for the royal jewels.

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19 March 2001 (New Zealand)  »

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During the sequence about Henry Laurens, meant to have occurred in 1780,as the crew of the English man-o-war prepare to board Laurens' vessel, a modern inflatable life raft barrel is clearly visible on the deck of the American ship. See more »

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An odd collection of rather gory tales...
3 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

This 3-part documentary series about the history of the Tower of London is remarkable for its exclusion of perhaps the Tower's two most notorious chapters - the disappearance of King Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York (better known as "The Princes in the Tower") in around 1483 and the imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn in 1536. A possible explanation may stem from the detail that HRH Prince Edward, the Duke of Wessex was an Executive Producer on the project. Interested students may recall that the present Royal family vetoed proposed DNA testing intended to establish the identity of remains found within the Tower precincts as those of the missing King and Duke. Nevertheless, the rather haphazard series of vignettes presented over the course of the series do include several well-dramatised and interesting stories about one-time residents of the Tower and those whose history is bound up with the structure. Most, of course, met a sticky end and this is not a series for the faint-hearted history buff. Examples include the portly Ranulf Flambard, duplicitous Geoffrey de Mandeville, Peasants' Revolt leader Wat Tyler, ill-fated Lady Jane Grey, Sir Anthony Babington and his fellow plotters, Protestant Pretender James Scott (the first Duke of Monmouth), fortunate rogue Colonel James Blood, the tyrannical Judge Jefferies, Henry Laurens, the only American ever imprisoned in the Tower and the hapless German dentist turned spy, Josef Jakobs, who was the last person executed at the Tower, on 15 August 1941.


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