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Really great series. We love history and documentaries and we have enjoyed this series. Learned so many new things we did not know before. Well directed and super interesting content.
This whole series was rewarding. I liked that Schama, being Jewish, had subtle Jewish historical slants intermixed with his other angles. This story has been told many times yet this footage seemed fresh and new.
Not too bad, but I found it frustratingly partial, sexist (WERE there women back then??), & Schama's opinionated narrative excludes quite a few inconvenient truths. He's hardly alone in that; it's just... Read more that I was expecting more from such an effort.
I didn't get through this one very far because Schema was a little bit like a cross between the Beeb, a talkshow host, and Better Homes N'Gardens. Maybe it would have gotten better if I'd kept watching... Read more. I much prefer British History ala Roberts McNeil and McCrum in The Story of English. This one just seemed too much like a pop culture answer to documentary.
This is an excellent historical series. Simon focuses on the main people and the ideas that have shaped Britain over the years. He is a captivating presenter and so each episode is always interesting. Recommend it to others.
If you like history, this is a must watch series. Schama is the consummate storyteller, dispassionately objective in that low-key english way, yet very engaging. The visual imagery is stunning and the... Read more wealth of historical material makes the stories come alive.
Never a dull moment in this great BBC series on the history of Britain. Highly recommended
For the most part I loved it, particularly the post BC's but he seems to have missed whole swathes of vital history pre BCE. He portrays the pre Roman celts as rather innocent & unsuspecting of... Read more the Roman menace, ignoring entirely the earlier sacking of Rome by the celts & the prescence of the highly sought after celtic divisions in most pre BC armies. During the height of the celtic empire in the millenia BCE no army of any significance would be without its celtic division, they were known as such skilled and ferocious soldiers. Yet this whole portion of history is ignored, not even brushed upon. I usually expect better from a BBC documentary.
Simon Schama has got to be up there with Lord Winston as an academician who can make his subject come alive. Great communicator. Somehow he takes you through massive sweeps of history without you feeling... Read more any more than a little breathless. Kings, bishops and warriors come to life with readings of original (translated) manuscripts. I'm looking forward to the next disc!