Preview – British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

British History's Biggest Fibs
Programme Name: British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley - TX: 26/01/2017 - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: at National Portrait Gallery, dressed as Elizabeth I. Lucy Worsley - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jim Petersen

The ever present star of what is seemingly every other BBC history documentary now covers the history that didn’t exist.

This three-part programme sees Lucy Worsley attempting to debunk some of the myths in British history. She starts by dealing with the Wars of the Roses and the foundation of the Tudor dynasty. Worsley claims that Henry VII helped to re-write history to make the conflict seem more devastating than it was and created the horrid persona Richard III, which was later cemented by Shakespeare. I must confess that I can’t read the big about Henry VII re-writing history without thinking: “Isn’t that the plot of the first series of Blackadder?”

Later episodes see Worsley deal with the Glorious Revolution and the East India Company.

British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley is on BBC Four at 21.00.

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