Michael Wood’s Story Of England

8:35pm Monday, October 29 on Prime

Documentary Series

In this final episode, Michael Wood uncovers the secret history of a Victorian village more colourful than even Dickens could have imagined. Recreating their penny concerts of the 1880s, visiting World War I battlefields with the school and recalling the Home Guard, local land girls and the bombing of the village in 1940, the series finally moves into the brave new world of ‘homes for heroes’ and the villagers come together to leave a reminder of their world for future generations.

7:30pm Monday, October 22 on Prime

Documentary Series

The tale of Kibworth village reaches the dramatic events of Henry VIII’s Reformation and the battles of the English Civil War. Michael Wood tracks Kibworth’s 17th century dissenters, travels on the Grand Union Canal, and tells us about an 18th century feminist writer from Kibworth who was a pioneer of children’s books. The story of a young highwayman transported to Australia comes alive as his living descendents come back to the village to uncover their roots. Lastly, the Industrial Revolution comes to the village with framework knitting factories, changing the village and its people forever.

7:30pm Monday, October 15 on Prime

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The story of Kibworth moves on to dramatic battles of conscience in the time of the Hundred Years’ War. Amazing finds in the school archive help trace peasant education back to the 14th century and we see how the people themselves set up the first school for their children. Some villagers join in a rebellion against King Henry V, while others rise to become middle class merchants in the textile town of Coventry. On the horizon is the Protestant Reformation, but the rise of capitalism and individualism sow the seeds of England’s future greatness.

7:30pm Monday, October 8 on Prime

Documentary Series

The story of Kibworth reaches the catastrophic 14th century. The village goes through the worst famine in European history, and then, as revealed in the astonishing village archive in Merton College Oxford, two thirds of the people die in the Black Death. Helped by today’s villagers (field walking and reading the historical texts) and by the local schoolchildren digging archaeological test pits, Michael Wood follows stories of individual lives through these times, out of which the English idea of community and the English character begin to emerge.

7:30pm Monday, October 1 on Prime

Documentary Series

In this ground-breaking series, English historian and broadcaster Michael Wood tells the story of one place – the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire – throughout the whole of English history. Tonight, the story of Kibworth moves on to 1066 when the Normans built a castle there. Michael Wood reveals how the Norman occupation affected the villagers from the gallows to the alehouse, and shows the medieval open fields in action in the only place where they still survive today. With the help of the residents, he charts events in the village leading to the people’s involvement in the Civil War of Simon de Montfort. Intertwining the local and national narratives, this is a moving and informative picture of one local community through time.

7:30pm Monday, September 24 on Prime

Documentary Series

In this ground-breaking series, English historian and broadcaster Michael Wood tells the story of one place – the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire – throughout the whole of English history. The village of Kibworth in Leicestershire is located in the heart of England. It is a place that has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and it was even bombed in World War Two. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, historian Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of the first thousand years of the village, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and graphic evidence of life on the eve of the Norman Conquest.