1066: A Year To Conquer England

Ep 1/3

Tuesday 28 February



In this new three-part series, Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to one of the key events in British history - the Battle of Hastings.

Combining both documentary and drama, Dan Snow examines the personal decisions behind the battle, bringing to life the behind-the-scenes story of the Norman Conquest. 

In this first episode, King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, triggering a bitter race to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold (Adam James) successfully takes the crown. But in Normandy, Duke William (Ed Stoppard) believes the throne has been promised to him and decides to invade.

Meanwhile, in Norway, the Viking King, Harald Hardrada (Clive Russell), also fancies himself as King of England and he too puts together an invasion force.

Very soon, England will be under attack.