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The Dream of a King

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Drama-documentary recreating the life and loves of France's most famous king, Louis XIV, who conducted many affairs and dazzled contemporaries with his lavish entertainments.

Drama-documentary recreating the life and loves of France's most famous king, Louis XIV.

Dubbed the Sun King by his admiring court, Louis conquered half of Europe, conducted dozens of love affairs and dazzled his contemporaries with his lavish entertainments. But perhaps his greatest achievement - and certainly his longest lasting love - was the incredible palace he built at Versailles, one of the wonders of the world.

Filmed in the spectacular staterooms, bedrooms and gardens of Versailles itself, this beautifully photographed drama-documentary brings the reign of one of Europe's greatest and most flamboyant monarchs triumphantly to life, with the help of interviews with the world's leading experts on his reign.

59 minutes

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Mon 4 Jun 2018 23:00

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    James Newton Howard

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Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Phil Craig
Executive Producer Carol Sennett
Director Paul Burgess
Producer Paul Burgess

Broadcasts

  • Sat 18 Jul 2009 20:20
  • Thu 23 Jul 2009 01:35
  • Sun 2 Aug 2009 20:00
  • Wed 27 Apr 2011 23:50
  • Sat 7 May 2011 20:00
  • Tue 19 Jul 2011 23:00
  • Sat 4 Feb 2012 19:00
  • Sat 4 Feb 2012 20:00
  • Sat 4 Feb 2012 23:25
  • Wed 2 Apr 2014 21:00
  • Thu 3 Apr 2014 02:45
  • Tue 8 Apr 2014 00:00
  • Wed 24 Sep 2014 22:00
  • Thu 25 Sep 2014 01:30
  • Mon 4 Jun 2018 23:00