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Michael Wood's The Story of England

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Post by lauragill » Fri July 6th, 2012, 5:08 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]Oh yes, he was quite the heart-throb in the mid 1980s :) [/quote]

Those jeans he wore for In Search of the Trojan War were TIGHT! :D

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Post by SGM » Sat July 7th, 2012, 6:36 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I saw him on the Tube a year or so ago and said excitedly to the friend I was with: "Oh look, that's Michael Wood!". She, not being a history buff, had no idea who I was talking about and looked decidedly uninterested...[/quote]

I had a similar experience with Trevor Nunn recently but nobody I was with was into the theatre so it fell on deaf ears.

I watched his programme on The Tempest this week which was part of the Shakespeare season on the Beeb and very interesting. Although, I must say I watched most of it because I have been working very long hours recently and fell asleep before the end. I must go back and watch the end soon.

I must say I have enjoyed all the recent Shakespeare Uncovered season. I think I missed Jeremy Irons last night talking about Henry IV but luckily have recorded it. The final episode next week is David Tennant talking about Hamlet. Once that is over it will be a relief to give up watching TV again.
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Post by marsh hen » Sat July 7th, 2012, 7:21 pm

I live near an ancient site on the coast of Georgia, but would love to have one in my backyard. I too enjoyed the show.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat July 7th, 2012, 10:15 pm

Hmm-- I went to netflix to order the documentary and in the 'also' section, discovered he did the one on the Conquistadores my mother bought me for Christmas years ago. I can't comment on the Mexican portion, but the part on Peru absolutely stunk. He muddled about half the facts, and didn't even try to understand what had been going on in the Inca Empire before the Spaniards came. Which was much more important to Pizarro's conquest than anything he or his men did.

If it's fiction, I don't mind messing with the facts as long as they tell you afterwards and keep the story rolling. But if it's history, I do expect someone to do the basic research.

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