The Battle of Hastings, one of Britain’s key historical events, but what did cause all the bloodshed? History presenter Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans in this new three-part series.
Mixing both documentary with reenactment scenes, Dan explores the decisions behind the battle, bringing to life the back story of the famous 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.
1066: A Year to Conquer England, Tuesday, 9pm – BBC Two