UK pubcasters BBC2 and BBC4 are readying a slate of factual series focusing on the art, culture and daily realities of the Tudor era.
The four programs, which are intended to complement the BBC2 drama Wolf Hall, will debut in January.
BBC2 programming includes the BBC Arts-produced A Night at Hampton Court Palace (working title), in which hosts Lucy Worsley and David Starkey (pictured above) recreate the 1537 christening of Henry VIII’s heir Edward VI; as well as ZCZ-made Holbein: Eye of the Tudors – A Culture Show Special, which features art historian Waldemar Januszczak examining Henry VIII’s court painter Hans Holbein.
Meanwhile, the offerings from BBC4 are Modern TV’s Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home, in which Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb investigates the household dangers of the Tudor era; and the Maya Vision-produced film Mary Arden: A Tudor Life, which looks at the role of a Tudor woman – who happened to be the mother of William Shakespeare – within her marriage, family and community.
“This collection of programs demonstrates how the two channels can work in a unique way to take viewers deeper into the world of the Tudors with BBC2 celebrating the art and culture of the Tudors whilst BBC4 takes viewers deeper into the reality of what life was like in Tudor times,” said Cassian Harrison, channel editor for BBC4, in a statement.