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Dr Lucy Worsley's story of the first Georgian kings reaches the final years of George II's reign. With extensive access to artworks in the Royal Collection, she shows how Britain's new ruling family fought the French, the Jacobites and each other, all at the same time. But while George very publicly bickered with his troublesome son Frederick, Prince of Wales, he also led from the front on the battlefield - the last British king to do so - and helped turn his adopted nation into a global superpower.

What would have seemed an unlikely outcome when the Georges first arrived from Hanover was achieved on the back of a strong navy, a dubious slave trade and a powerful new entrepreneurial spirit that owed much to the influence of the Scottish Enlightenment.

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Mon 19 May 2014 22:35

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Role Contributor
PresenterLucy Worsley
Series ProducerSebastian Barfield
Executive ProducerMichael Poole
ProducerLinda Sands
DirectorLinda Sands

In partnership with Royal Collection Trust

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

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