|01||01||Castles And Cruelty||20020725|
The brutal regime of William I.
|01||02||Who Was Then The Gentleman?||20020801|
The harshness of life for the rural poor led to the 1381 Peasants' Revolt.
|01||03||Our Father, Who Art In Heaven||20020808|
How did the public respond to the changes of the Reformation?
|01||04||Plantation And The Seeds Of Discord||20020815|
The Elizabethan era saw the power of the Ulster lords finally vanquished by the British crown.
|01||05||Civil War: The Siege Of Chester||20020822|
|01||06 LAST||Boils And Buboes||20020829|
When the city of Salisbury was ravaged by plague in 1627, the rich fled to the countryside. But the poor had no such recourse available.
|02||01||Man And Manufacture||20030724|
'When I was six years of age I was sent to the cotton factory and, although I was of such a tender age, was treated there by the overlooker in the most brutal manner'. Melvyn Bragg is in urban Lancashire to explore the warp and weft of the Industrial Revolution, as mechanisation marginalised traditional trades like hand-loom weaving.
|02||02||Below Decks And Boney||20030731|
""On Monday the 21st at daylight, the French and Spanish fleets were like a great wood on our lee bow, which cheered the hearts of every British tar in the ""victory"" like lions anxious to be at it. The signal was made to prepare for battle and that England expected every man would do his duty"".
|02||03||A Journey Beyond The Seas||20030807|
"My prosecutor took a drop-latch valued at sixpence ha'penny off my door and swore it was his.
In consequence of this I was doomed to be transported beyond the seas for a term of seven years..." Tasmania is the location for stories of harsh punishment and brutal exile from family and friends as lived by the convicts, like Joseph Lingard of Derbyshire, sent to serve their sentence in the new colony of Australia.
|02||04||The Crofters' Farewell||20030814|
"My Lord Duke, I am now verging on one hundred years of age it would be a hardship and quite unprecedented to remove a man of my age." Neil MacDonald (ex-soldier) 1st June 1847. Recorded in the Western Highlands and the Isle of Mull with Professors Tom Devine and Allan Macinnes, Melvyn hears how entire communities were relocated against their wishes during the Highland Clearances.
|02||05||Wagoners At War||20030821|
Melvyn Bragg is in East Yorkshire to hear about the First World War through the experiences of the Wolds Wagoners - a unique reserve regiment of young farmworkers, hoisted out of the fields in the middle of harvest 1914 and sent off to fight in France.
With Dr David Neave, Professor Jay Winter, Professor Joanna Bourke, Professor Hew Strachan, and the voices of the soldiers themselves.
|02||06 LAST||Coal And Dole||20030828|
Melvyn Bragg is in South Wales to hear about the Depression of the 1930s through the experiences of miners and their families, struggling against unemployment and poverty to seize power out of despair.
With Professor Chris Williams, Dr Sian Rhiannon Williams and Professor Kenneth Morgan, and the voices of the young men and women themselves.