Richard III: The King in the Car Park (2013)

This documentary looks at the search for the remains of King Richard III of England (1452-1485). After being killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field (August 22, 1485), his remains were taken... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Farnaby ... Self - Presenter
Leon Hunt Leon Hunt ... Self - Dig Supervisor, University of Leicester
John Ashdown-Hill John Ashdown-Hill ... Self - Historian (as Dr John Ashdown-Hill)
Richard Buckley Richard Buckley ... Self - Lead Archaeologist, University of Leicester
Philippa Langley Philippa Langley ... Self - Richard III Society
Matthew Morris Matthew Morris ... Self - Site Director, University of Leicester
Jo Appleby Jo Appleby ... Self - Osteologist, University of Leicester (as Dr Jo Appleby)
Richard Taylor Richard Taylor ... Self - University of Leicester
Lin Foxhall Lin Foxhall ... Self - University of Leicester (as Professor Lin Foxhall)
Anthony Pollard Anthony Pollard ... Self - Historian
Nick Cooper Nick Cooper ... Self - Finds Specialist, University of Leicester
Johanna Hamminga Johanna Hamminga ... Self - Richard III Society, Holland
Jonathan Hayes Jonathan Hayes ... Self - Richard III Society, USA
Sally Keil Sally Keil ... Self - Richard III Society, USA
Caroline Wilkinson Caroline Wilkinson ... Self - Craniofacial Identification (as Professor Caroline Wilkinson)


This documentary looks at the search for the remains of King Richard III of England (1452-1485). After being killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field (August 22, 1485), his remains were taken to Leicester and it was believed that he was buried at Greyfriars Church. The church no longer exists and its remains were now believed to be under a car park. Phillipa Langley of the Richard III Society convinced archaeologists at the University of Leicester to lead a dig and surprisingly, as it turned out, the first skeleton they found was subsequently proven to be that of the King through DNA tests which showed a match to Canadian Michael Ibsen, a direct descendant of Richard III's sister. Written by garykmcd

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Broadcast in North America by the Smithsonian Channel under the title "The King's Skeleton: Richard III Revealed". A few months after the U.S. premiere, the Smithsonian Channel aired Secrets: Richard III Revealed (2013), an episode of the one-hour series "Secrets" which focused on the same material. The series "Secrets" was a British-Canadian co-production known internationally as "Treasures Decoded", but the "Richard III Revealed" episode is not listed among episodes shown outside the U.S. Since the Smithsonian Channel secured exclusive broadcast rights in North America for this documentary, it could presumably use material from the film to create the somewhat shorter "Secrets" episode, but distributors of "Treasures Decoded" elsewhere around the globe may not have had the same permission to feature material from the documentary. See more »


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