The Genius of Palaces
In this fascinating three-part series, historian Dan Cruikshank takes us behind the gilded doors of Britain's most magnificent palaces. Dan decodes the artistic languages of these royal retreats, from Renaissance iconography to the perfect forms of Palladian architecture, and introduces the brains behind the turrets, balustrades and colonnades – not just kings and noblemen, but great British architects like Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren and John Nash. With modern-day craftsmen and carpenters, Dan recounts the extraordinary labour that went into palace construction. He also draws on historic accounts to reveal the daily life and rituals that took place in these great residences. As Dan examines priceless treasures within the palace walls, he delves into the intricate dealings of court life and takes us into the very heart of royal history.
Episodes
Ep 1
Towards An Architecture of Majesty
Watch June 21, 9:00pm
Ep 2
Inventing A National Style
Watch June 28, 9:00pm
Ep 3
Opening Palace Doors
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Towards An Architecture of Majesty
Dan Cruickshank discovers how palaces began, and how they became potent symbols of the growing prestige of the monarch and the church. (1 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jun 21, 9:00pm
Thu Jun 22, 1:00am
Inventing A National Style
Dan Cruickshank discovers how the Tudors and the Stuarts were the greatest royal builders Britain has ever known, and how English and Scottish kings began to look to the continent for artistic inspiration. (2 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jun 28, 9:00pm
Thu Jun 29, 1:00am
Opening Palace Doors
Dan Cruickshank charts how palaces went from being lavishly funded buildings expressing the magnificence of the Crown and State to becoming private homes for royal families to live in. (3 of 3)