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Not every ruthless leader in English history was a man as you will discover in this intriguing, 6-part documentary hosted by British writer, comedian and TV presenter, Rory McGrath (Bloody Britain). Spanning sixteen centuries, this series charts the lives of five notorious women who gained fame or repute for their willingness to fight, scheme and even die for their principles. From Boudicca’s vengeful rebellion against the Romans in 43 A.D. to Lady Mary Bankes’ courageous defense of Corfe Castle in 1643, Rory takes us on a fast-paced tour of southeast England to explore the history and motivations of these determined Killer Queens.
Until recently, few of us knew the true story of George VI. Known as “the reluctant King,” he inherited the throne only because his brother Edward VIII abdicated. Shy and suffering from a distressing stutter, King George VI now faced the terrifying prospect of public speaking engagements and radio broadcasts to millions of people. At the dawn of the age of mass media, a King not only needed to look regal, but sound it too.
Celebrated author Sir Cecil Warburton (Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady) is thrilled to read the obituary of an old rival, the dull and respectable man who married Lady Evelyn (Wendy Hiller – Separate Tables), the lovely girl he once kissed – and should have married himself – fifty years ago.