Bloody Tales of The Tower

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Bloody Tales of The Tower

Synopsis

The extraordinary stories of imprisonment, murder and execution behind the walls of Britains most historic and iconic castle.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Executions

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    From botched beheadings, mob executions and controversy over the first Queen of England - the Tower of London's history encompasses it all. In ROYALS ON THE BLOCK [WT], Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley team up to investigate three gruesome stories which challenge our ingrained beliefs about the infamous Tower. Was the Tower really a slick one-stop-shop for beheadings and if so why did it take five blows to decapitate King Charles II's illegitimate son? Just how did the mob manage to get into the Tower to seize one of King Richard II's key advisors during the Peasants Revolt of 1381? And, how important is the Tower for...

  • Traitors

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    From WWII executions and Guy Fawkes' grisly torture and gruesome death to a 16th century prison break, the Tower of London's history encompasses it all. Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley team up to investigate three extraordinary stories which challenge our beliefs about the infamous Tower and its role in British history. Just how and why were state executions carried out at the Tower during WWII? Why do we remember Guy Fawkes more than the other gunpowder plot conspirators and what exactly happened to him when he was captured? What enabled an undercover Catholic priest to escape this impenetrable fortress and a traitor's...

  • Scandal

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    From a royal stitch up and Henry VIII's promiscuous child-bride to star-crossed lovers separated by a tormented king, the Tower of London's history encompasses it all. In DEADLY LOVE, Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley team up to investigate three extraordinary stories that challenge our beliefs about the infamous Tower and its role in British history. Just how was Henry VIII able to execute two of his wives - and all their suspected loves - within the Tower? And just how can the simple act of falling in love lead to the execution block? Think you know the Tower of London? Time to think again... (16)