The Real Romanovs: Russias Absolute Dynasty - New BBC Documentary

September 3, 2015

The first and last Romanov emperors: Peter I and Nicholas II

Speaking today at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, talks about her first year at the helm of BBC Two and announces a wide range of new titles, which demonstrate her ambition for the channel, including a three part documentary which takes a "deeper look at the Romanov dynasty".

Lucy Worsley travels to Russia to tell the extraordinary story of the dynasty that ruled the country for more than three centuries. It’s an epic tale that includes giant figures such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the devastating struggle against Napoleon in 1812, and the shocking murders of Nicholas II and his family in 1918 which brought the dynasty to a brutal end.

The Romanovs were the most powerful European monarchs since the Middle Ages, wielding unmatched authority into the 20th century. Lucy will see how they embraced and sponsored the arts on an astonishing scale, commissioning artworks and building spectacular palaces that still dazzle today. Yet many ordinary Russians were little better than slaves, and the failure of the Romanovs to address their condition would ultimately lead to revolution.

In this new three-part series, Lucy will apply her characteristic insight, attention to detail and wit to the Romanov dynasty. Her understanding of royal tradition and culture, and her gift for bringing historical characters vividly to life, will create a fresh and compelling account of this unique royal family.

The Executive Producer of the three part documentary, The Real Romanovs: Russia’s Absolute Dynasty is Michael Poole.

Royal Russia

9/3/2015

Comments
Aleksandar12/24/2015 1:41 am
Yes,but Peter was first Emperor of Russia not only Tsar.
The title of the Emperor of All Russia was introduced to Peter the Great. After the victory at the Great Northern War and signing the Treaty of Nystad, in September of 1721 Senate and Synod decided to award Peter with the title of the Emperor of All Russia...
Brown12/22/2015 12:05 am
How on earth can you incorrectly label the coin at the head of this article? Very poor. Michael I was the first Romanov tsar, Peter came years later!
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