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Dancing through history with Lucy and Len

Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman. Photo BBC

Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman. Photo BBC

The always entertaining and informative Lucy Worsley has a new series on BBC4 tonight. This time she’s not on her own though, she is joined by Strictly judge Len Goodman to take us through an intimate history of dance and how dance reflects the history and moral attitudes of the time. Naturally some dancing will be involved and Lucy and Len will be getting into the swing of things by dressing up and doing some of the dances of years gone by, starting with the minuet.

Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance is a three part series starting on BBC4 tonight at 9pm.


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Lucy Worsley, historian, writer, and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces is back with another series for BBC4. This time, Lucy (pictured, but now minus trademark hair clip!)  turns her attentions on the early George’s of the House of Hanover. It is the tercentenary of the ascension to the throne of George I in 1714.

The First Georgians is a 3 part series on BBC4 on Thursdays at 9pm, with an episode for each of the first 3 George’s.
The first episode has already aired (but on iPlayer) and, as I expected from Ms Worsley,  a well presented and informative and most of all interesting programme. We learnt about how, after Queen Anne died childless, the authorities had to look back through the family tree to find a Protestant relative. Britain might have had a Queen Sophia, as she was granddaughter of James I and heir to the throne. She was an intelligent and learned woman and could have been a great Queen but unfortunately she died a month before Queen Anne. The crown fell to her son George. In the rest of the programme, Lucy told us of George’s struggle to be accepted by his new subjects, whilst holding off the threat of a coup by the Catholic potential James III, and his own family’s dysfunctionality, particularly his son, the future George II who had his own rival, and more popular, court.

The series will show us how the Georgians had an impact on the creation of modern Britain.

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