For Schools British History - Decisive Events

Episodes

TitleComments
Genome: [r4 Bd=19671002]

Magna Carta

The story of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215 and of the events leading up to it as seen by William Marshal , Earl of Pembroke, with a new interpretation of the part played by Pope Innocent III.

Written by Phyllis Drayson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671002]

Unknown: William Marshal

Played By: Pope Innocent Iii.

Written By: Phyllis Drayson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671016]

Wat Tyler 's Rebellion

In 1381 under a remarkable leader the serfs nearly succeeded in obtaining personal freedom. They failed, but in the next hundred years serfdom in England faded away, and England won what it took the French another four centuries and a revolution to achieve. Here the rebellion is seen through the eyes of Richard II and his court.

Written by Cameron Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671016]

Unknown: Wat Tyler

Written By: Cameron Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671023]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19671023]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19671106]

Westminster Abbey:

The Last Days of the Monastery Henry VII added to the Abbey its crowning architectural glory, but in his son's reign tre Benedictine monks were ejected. Some were briefly restored by Queen Mary. Queen Elizabeth removed them, but preserved the Abbey as a place of religion and learning. These events are seen through the eyes of a monk who lived through that tragic half-century.

Script by Catherine Northcote

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671106]

Script By: Catherine Northcote

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671113]

Drake's Voyage round the World Drake's attack on the Spanish settlements on the Pacific coast of America was no mere act of piracy Spanish writers affirm the courtesy of their enemy, and his skill as a navigator. His daring proved a lasting inspiration to British seamen, who were late-comers to the art of ocean navigation. The story of his voyage (1577-80) is dramatically retold in this broadcast.

Script by Henry Marshall

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671113]

Script By: Henry Marshall

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671127]

The Death of Charles I

What happened between the end of the Civil War in 1645. when the Parliamentary army had scattered all the King's forces, and 1649. when its leaders brought Charles I to the scaffold? The broadcast describes this political crisis, and how Charles played the army false. as well as the quiet dignity with which he met his end.

Script by Stephen Usherwood and John Tully

Genome: [r4 Bd=19671127]

Script By: Stephen Usherwood

Script By: John Tully

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680115]

The Founding of Pennsylvania

William Penn (1644-1718) was a man whose many gifts were acknowledged both by friend and foe. His youthful courage in refusing to conform in religious matters and his skill in founding a colony that became' the seed of a nation is told in dramatic terms. Script by William Fox

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680115]

Script By: William Fox

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680122]

Brindley's First Canal

In 1761 the first part of the Bridgewater canal was opened between Worsley and Manchester. It was the joint work of the young Duke of Bridgewater and a self-educated millwright. James Brindley. and. as the broadcast shows, was a dramatic step forward In Britain's industrial history.

Script by Howard Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680122]

Unknown: James Brindley.

Script By: Howard Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680129]

The American War of Independence

This conflict began as "a rebellion and escalated into a world war in which Britain narrowly escaped invasion and defeat. Opening with the skirmish at Lexington in 1775, this dramatic story ends with the surrender at Yorktown in 1781. Script by John Tully

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680129]

Script By: John Tully

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680205]

Trafalgar

Script by Elizabeth Ornbo and Richard Wortley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680205]

Script By: Elizabeth Ornbo

Script By: Richard Wortley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680212]

The Great Reform Bill

No cause before or since has aroused such political excitement and unrest in Britain as the movement to reform Parliament, 1830-32. Its success, feared by many as a prelude to revolution, Is described in this programme from the writings of eye-witnesses.

Script by Stephen Usherwood

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680212]

Script By: Stephen Usherwood

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680219]

The Great Reform Bill

No cause before or since has aroused such political excitement and unrest in Britain as the movement to reform Parliament. 1830-32. Its success, feared by many as a prelude to revolution, is described In this programme from the writings of eye-witnesses.

Script by Stephen Usherwood

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680219]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680226]

The Tolpuddle Case

In 1834 six farm labourers of Tolpuddle in Dorset were arrested on a charge of having illegally conspired to form a trade union and condemned to seven years' transportation. of which they served three before Radicals at home obtaihed their pardon and release. The drama of this miscarriage of justice has been reconstructed from the record left by the leader of the condemned men. a Wesleyan lay preacher named George Loveless.

Script by John Richmond

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680226]

Unknown: George Loveless.

Script By: John Richmond

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680304]

The Indian Mutiny, 1857

Here the fighting at Meerut and Delhi is presented as typical of the terrible events which suddenly shattered a period of comparative peace and unprecedented material progress.

Script by Margaret J. Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680304]

Script By: Margaret J. Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680311]

Bessemer and Steel

With the aid of Bessemer's ' Autobiography ' this broadcast presents the trials and the triumphs of an inventor who so speeded up the manufacture of steel and reduced its price that Britain gained the foremost place among the industrial nations of the world.

Script by Henry Marshall

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680311]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680318]

The Jameson Raid , 1895

Dr. Jameson's raid on Johannesburg in 1895 was an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Boer Government of the Transvaal. It damaged not only the reputation of Cecil Rhodes , the Prime Minister of Cape Colony, whose close friend Jameson was, but sowed the seeds of the South African War.

Script by Cameron Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680318]

Unknown: Jameson Raid

Unknown: Cecil Rhodes

Script By: Cameron Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680325]

Votes for Women

The violent and Illegal agitation led by Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst between 1908 and 1914 to force Parliament to give women the vote is seen through the eyes of one of her young adherents.

Script by Margaret J. Miller

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680325]

Unknown: Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst

Script By: Margaret J. Miller