Episode 1

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Duration: 1 hour

In 1714, to prevent the crown falling into the hands of a Catholic, Britain shipped in a ready-made royal family from the small German state of Hanover. To understand this risky experiment, presenter Dr Lucy Worsley has been given access to treasures from the Royal Collection as they are prepared for a new exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace - providing a rare and personal insight into George I and his feuding dynasty.

The Hanoverians arrived at a moment when Britain was changing fast. Satirists were free to mock the powerful, including the new royals. The Hanoverians themselves were busy early adopters of Neo-Palladian architecture, defining the whole look of the Georgian era. When the French philosopher Voltaire visited, he found a 'land of liberty' unlike anything in Europe - Britain was embracing freedom of speech and modern cabinet government.

Credits

Presenter
Lucy Worsley
Producer
Linda Sands
Director
Linda Sands
Series Producer
Sebastian Barfield
Executive Producer
Michael Poole

Broadcasts

In partnership with Royal Collection Trust

Exhibition promo version 2

The BBC and Royal Collection Trust celebrate the Hanoverian succession of 1714.

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