Inside the Tower of London
With over 15,000 visitors a day, it's up to the Tower's Yeoman Warders to get everyone out at the end of the day. But once the Tower is closed, there's still work to be done for Ravenmaster Chris Skaife who must find a way to get his birds to bed. Get an exclusive look at how the Tower of London changes after it locks its doors and watch as it prepares for a recreation of one of the institution's wildest stories, a daring prison break attempted by a Catholic priest called John Gerard, in 1597.
It's a cold morning in February and, on the dot of nine, the public starts pouring into the Tower of London. Along with its many ancient treasures, one of the Tower's most popular features are its stories centered around the reign of King Henry VIII. Equally intriguing though is a tale that took place not long after his death, involving Lady Jane Grey, the uncrowned Queen of England of only nine days. We look at her tragic life, as the Tower prepares for a ceremony of remembrance on the anniversary of her execution.
It's just before Easter and the Tower's staff is bracing itself for the busiest week of the year, with an expected 15,000 visitors a day. One of the biggest attractions here is the White Tower, London's oldest building. In 1532, Henry VIII turned the Tower into a massive armory, but also a splendid palace to impress his new bride, Anne Boleyn. In this episode, we examine the many changes Henry made for his true love Anne. We also detail the tragic outcome of their marriage when she failed to give him what he wanted most in the world: a son.
For the Yeoman Warders who live here, the Tower of London has always been one of the most secure home addresses in the city. But, back in 1666, it stood on the brink of disaster during the Great Fire of London. We reveal how the Tower was able to survive that catastrophe and then meet some of the families that call the fortress home today. We also visit the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula in the heart of the Tower, where an archaeological dig has just made history with its discovery of the skeletons of a Tudor woman and child.
Nick Gillam Smith
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