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Age of Revolution

Episode 4 of 7

The story of Britain through its art and treasure. In the 17th century the people of Britain learned to question everything, resulting in the Civil War.

In the 17th century, the people of Britain learned to question everything. The result was the Civil War, in which everyone, including artists, had to take sides. Out of it came a reinvented monarchy, a scientific revolution and, ultimately, the great cathedral of St Paul's. Highlights include the courtly portraits of Rubens, Van Dyck and Peter Lely, and the fabulous creations of the Royal Society.

The programme includes: Charles I's execution shirt and painting of Charles with his head sewn back on (Museum of London); Rubens's Apotheosis of James I (Banqueting House); Van Dyck portraits (Tate Britain); Puritan tracts; Civil War re-enactment; Verney family tomb (Claydon House); Thomason Collection (British Library); portraits of Cromwell (National Portrait Gallery); Grinling Gibbons's golden statue of Charles I (Royal Hospital Chelsea); Peter Lely's Windsor Beauties (Hampton Court); Royal Observatory (Greenwich); Hooke's microscope and Micrographia (Science Museum); Wren's plan for London; and St Paul's Cathedral.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 22 Jun 2020 23:45


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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:57

    Dirk Reichardt and Stefan Hansen

    Getrennte Wege


Role Contributor
Presenter David Dimbleby
Director John Hay
Producer John Hay
Executive Producer Basil Comely


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