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Alexander I: Into the Woods20170507

The story of Alexander I, the tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Alexander never wanted to be Tsar. Before his accession he told friends that he hoped to retire into private life abroad. Life, however, had other plans. Starting with his own father's ill-fated reign, and his subsequent murder. How complicit was Alexander in all of this? And then came the greatest threat Russia had ever seen: the new French Emperor. Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Alexander I, the Tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Director Sasha Yevtushenko.

The story of Alexander I, the tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Alexander I: Into the Woods20170513

The story of Alexander I, the tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Alexander never wanted to be Tsar. Before his accession he told friends that he hoped to retire into private life abroad. Life, however, had other plans. Starting with his own father's ill-fated reign, and his subsequent murder. How complicit was Alexander in all of this? And then came the greatest threat Russia had ever seen: the new French Emperor. Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Alexander I, the Tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Director Sasha Yevtushenko.

The story of Alexander I, the tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Alexander II: The People's Will20170514

Joseph Millson plays Alexander II in Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Tsars.

Alexander II: The People's Will20170520

Joseph Millson plays Alexander II in Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Tsars.

In 1861, Alexander II liberated 23 million Russian serfs, four years earlier than the abolition of slavery in the USA. But twenty years later, the tide of revolutionary thinking is rising and dissatisfaction with the regime has led to terrorist cells making several assassination attempts on the Tsar's life. One cell in particular, The People's Will, is determined to succeed this time but in the struggle between autocracy and radical socialism there can be only one winner.

Director Alison Hindell

A BBC Cymru Wales production.