Lucy Worsley on the Georgian kings who changed Britain
It’s good to see effervescent TV historian Dr Lucy Worsley back on our screens with a fascinating new programme shedding light on the early Georgians and how they set a new course for Britain in the early 18th century.
Last week Lucy, a regular Clive Conway speaker, opened the BBC 4 series The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain with some intriguing context: how in 1714 a ready-made royal family was effectively imported from Hanover to stop the crown falling into the hands of a Catholic. Society was changing fast and the Hanoverians managed to establish a whole new look and feel for the nation which so impressed a visiting Voltaire that he declared it a “land of liberty” where with forward thinking that set it apart from the rest of Europe.
This week she looks at how George II was forced to adapt to rapid social change but became the target of the satirists of the day.
As always Lucy Worsley delivers a clear, informative, insightful and entertaining programme. She’s not only a knowledgable and highly accomplished historian but a brilliant communicator too.
The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain is on BBC Four at 9pm on Wednesday.
Footnote: Lucy will be back on the Clive Conway Productions circuit later this year when she presents Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife Mother and Widow at Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn North Yorkshire.
More info at www.tennants.co.uk/discover/the-garden-rooms