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Lucy Worsley Investigates

Lucy Worsley re-investigates some of the most dramatic chapters in British history. She uncovers forgotten witnesses, re-examines old evidence and follows new clues.

Madness of King George

53m 51s

How did George III’s mental illness change Britain? Lucy Worsley uncovers Royal papers and explores how the assassination attempt on his life by a mentally ill subject changed psychiatry forever.

Episodes

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    Madness of King George

    S1 E2 - 53m 51s

    How did George III’s mental illness change Britain? Lucy Worsley uncovers Royal papers and explores how the assassination attempt on his life by a mentally ill subject changed psychiatry forever.

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    Princes in the Tower

    S1 E1 - 53m 35s

    What really happened to the Princes in the Tower? Lucy Worsley uncovers the story of the two boys whose disappearance in 1483 has led to centuries of mystery and speculation.

Extras + Features

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    Episode 4 Preview

    S1 E4 - 30s

    What started Britain's century of bloody witch hunts? Lucy Worsley uncovers the story of one supposed witch, whose case lit the fuse for the state-sanctioned killing of thousands.

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    The National Museum of Scotland

    S1 E4 - 3m 47s

    Lucy visits the National Museum of Scotland storeroom which houses amulets and charms. Amulets were common and a mix of religious belief coexisting with the supernatural. Lucy is shown a seedpod known as "Mary's nut" which was an amulet used in childbirth as protection.

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    The Imprisonment of Agnes

    S1 E4 - 4m 1s

    Agnes is brought to Edinburgh, imprisoned and interrogated at the Palace of Holyroodhouse where King James lived. Agnes meets the king, and Newes from Scotland gives the account that she stood up to the king and denied being a witch.

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    Lucy Visits the Suffolk Archives

    S1 E3 - 4m 17s

    Lucy visits Suffolk Archives to look at the Court Rolls for Walsham le Willows, which shows a spike in death taxes being paid due to deaths from the black death. The Rolls are a microstudy for all of Britain during the black death pandemic.

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    How the Black Death Spread

    S1 E3 - 2m 43s

    Lucy visits a pub in Walsham and draws a map of English ports to show how the black death spread from Europe. She reads from a book which details how the black death traveled from Genovese ships to Marseille and Avignon where half the people have died. France is only 24 hours away from Walsham le Willows.

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    Episode 3 Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    How did the Black Death change Britain? Lucy Worsley examines the latest science and explores how the vast death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women.

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    Robert Greville's Diary Reveals Secrets About King George

    S1 E2 - 3m 14s

    The Royal Archivist brings out a diary at Windsor Castle for Lucy to read. It is the diary of Robert Grevell, the king's equerry. Lucy learns about George's ill health and how on one occasion he talked constantly for 19 hours. A statement is sent to Mr. Pitt the prime minister to say that the king is "entirely" deranged.

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    King George III Grants New Rights to Catholics

    S1 E2 - 2m 47s

    Lucy discusses accounts in the newspaper of riots that were caused by King George III's new rights for Catholics. Lucy notes how revolutions were happening all over the world during this time, and that assassination attempts were being made against leaders. King George III may have felt that he was losing the Empire as a result of revolution in America.

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    King George III Attempts to Rebrand as an Accessible King

    S1 E2 - 2m 12s

    King George III is under pressure to make the monarchy work in this new era. He styles himself as a new kind of accessible king who would listen to the public, and he made it possible for people to petition the king to have their issues heard. Lucy tells of an event where the king was attacked by a petitioner - a woman who was waiting for him with knife concealed in a petition.

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    Episode 2 Preview | Madness of King George

    S1 E2 - 30s

    How did George III’s mental illness change Britain? Lucy Worsley uncovers Royal papers and explores how the assassination attempt on his life by a mentally ill subject changed psychiatry forever.

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    A Visit to Stony Stratford

    S1 E1 - 3m 10s

    Lucy travels to Stony Stratford and visits a house where Edward was brought by his uncle, Anthony Woodville. Richard decides to arrest Woodville, leaving Edward alone and in the custody of other uncle, Richard. Richard feels threatened by the Woodvilles and their claim on the throne.

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    Lucy Visits St. Paul's Cross

    S1 E1 - 3m 53s

    Lucy visits St Paul's cross and tells us about a preacher who says Edward was already married to another and that young Edward was illegitimate with no claim to the throne. Richard takes the throne and is crowned king while the princes are still in the Tower.

Schedule

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    The Black Death

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    1 Hour

    How the Black Death changed Britain and how the huge death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    The Black Death

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    1 Hour

    How the Black Death changed Britain and how the huge death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    The Black Death

    Monday
    Sep 26

    1 Hour 01 Minute

    How the Black Death changed Britain and how the huge death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    The Black Death

    Monday
    Sep 26

    1 Hour

    How the Black Death changed Britain and how the huge death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    Princes in the Tower

    Monday
    Sep 26

    1 Hour

    Lucy Worsley investigates what really happened to the two princes who disappeared in 1483.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    Madness of King George

    Saturday
    Oct 1

    1 Hour

    A close look at the life of George III, including the effect of his mental illness on Britain and how the assassination attempt on his life changed psychiatry.
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    The Witch Hunts

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    1 Hour

    Lucy Worsley investigates how the trial of one "witch" sparked Britain's witch-hunt craze; the investigation begins in North Berwick, a seaside town not far from Edinburgh, where the witch hunting craze began.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    The Witch Hunts

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    1 Hour

    Lucy Worsley investigates how the trial of one "witch" sparked Britain's witch-hunt craze; the investigation begins in North Berwick, a seaside town not far from Edinburgh, where the witch hunting craze began.
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    The Witch Hunts

    Monday
    Oct 3

    1 Hour

    Lucy Worsley investigates how the trial of one "witch" sparked Britain's witch-hunt craze; the investigation begins in North Berwick, a seaside town not far from Edinburgh, where the witch hunting craze began.
  • Image
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    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    The Witch Hunts

    Monday
    Oct 3

    1 Hour

    Lucy Worsley investigates how the trial of one "witch" sparked Britain's witch-hunt craze; the investigation begins in North Berwick, a seaside town not far from Edinburgh, where the witch hunting craze began.
  • Image
    Lucy Worsley Investigates: TVSS: Iconic

    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    Madness of King George

    Monday
    Oct 3

    1 Hour

    A close look at the life of George III, including the effect of his mental illness on Britain and how the assassination attempt on his life changed psychiatry.
  • Image
    Lucy Worsley Investigates: TVSS: Iconic

    Lucy Worsley Investigates

    Monday
    Oct 10

    1 Hour

    Lucy Worsley reinvestigates and reveals new evidence about some of British history's biggest unsolved mysteries.

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