Tag Archive: BBC

Medieval Catholicism was not as gloomy as the BBC portrays it

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BBC iPlayer is the most wonderful invention. When you flop onto the sofa late at night you can catch up with all the programmes you should have seen earlier. Just recently I have caught up with The Renaissance Unchained, which is presented by the hugely engaging Waldemar Januszczak. The first episode concentrated on the northern…

BBC launches Richard III on WhatsApp

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The BBC is launching a Richard III WhatsApp alert service which will follow the king’s story in the month of his reburial. The discovery of the king’s skeleton beneath a Leicester car park in August 2012 attracted worldwide interest. His remains will be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March, after his coffin is taken…

Bob White: The castles of Robin Hood

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Following the news that £24m is to be spent revamping Nottingham Castle, Bob White, chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society, looks at some other castles associated with the outlaw Over the centuries various historical events in Nottingham’s past have resulted in the site where the legendary castle once stood being presently occupied by…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Wales

Happy Halloween! You’ve made it this far, you’ve heard the ghost stories of England, Scotland and Ireland, you can handle one more set of ghost stories! This is the final installment of the Castle Ghost series. Visit the darker side of Wales as Robert Hardy takes you on a tour of the ghosts that wonder…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Scotland

All Hallow’s Eve contiues with more ghost stories. By now you have finished watch the Castle Ghosts of England and are ready for more. In this episode Robert Hardy takes us to Scotland to explore the ghosts that haunt the North. It’s OK to leave the lights off, no one is watching you. Not in…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of England

Happy Halloween! Yesterday we looked at the Castle Ghosts of Ireland and today, All Saints Day we will continue our trek through British ghost stories. First up on the docket is England. Grab some candy as Robert Hardy guides us through England’s ghost. And if your lucky maybe the Grey Lady will appear at your…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Ireland

Tonight is Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween! What better way to ‘celebrate’ than to sit down in a dimly lit room and watch ghost stories from Ireland. The Castle Ghost series first aired in 1995 on the BBC. Hosted by acclaimed English actor Robert Hardy. This episode takes us on a tour of Ireland…

London Construction Reveals Medieval Graves

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London is built on layers of its own past. Occasionally they poke through to the present, like the old Roman walls and the Temple of Mithras. Now two current construction projects have revealed glimpses of the city’s previous epochs. Work to build a leisure center at Elephant and Castle has uncovered some 500 medieval skeletons,…

The Secret Medieval Garden

Looking for something to do this Wednesday? Check out the Secret Medieval Garden at the Dragon Hall, Norwich. I wish I was able to make it, it sounds great! The Secret Medieval Garden: Learn about traditional herbs and remedies with the ‘Wise Women’. Enjoy a Medieval-themed repast, in the garden, to the accompaniment of Early…

MAP#28 – Dan Snow Interview

Dan Snow, historian and award winning TV presenter takes a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to the Medieval Archives. Trained in the hallowed halls of Oxford University, Dan ventured into TV for a WWII Documentary and hasn’t looked back. His past medieval documentaries explored 1066 and The Battle of Hastings, Norman…

MAP#27 – Battle Castle Interview: Sean F. White

Battle Castle, the outstanding castle documentary series, explores the medieval history of six castles. Today we have an interview with Sean F. White, the Director of Photography for Battle Castle. I talk with Sean about filming the castles and the siege engines in action. We also cover how the re-enactments were filmed. In this episode…

MAP#26 – Battle Castle Interview: Nicole Tomlinson

Battle Castle, the outstanding castle documentary series, explores the medieval history of six castles. Today we have an interview with Nicole Tomlinson, writer for Battle Castle. I talk to Nicole about writing for the series and how she approached the research process. We also cover how the castles were picked, castles that were left out,…

Merlin Season 3 on DVD

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BBC is releasing Merlin Season 3 on DVD today. If you are a fan of Merlin you will want to add it to your library. For those who may not know Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure TV show. The show is based on the King Arthur legends of Merlin the wizard and his relationship with…

Merlin Season 4 airs January on the Syfy network

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Merlin, Arthur and the gang are back for another season. And this time things are heating up! In the UK, Season 4 wrapped up last week. But here in the USA we have to wait to see the show. On Friday, 06 January 2012 the wait it over. Trailer and cast photos below… Merlin Synopsis…