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“Bringing history to life” – Dan blogging on National Treasures Live

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Dan’s written a blog for the BBC History Magazine website on putting together National Treasures Live.

Can history compete at prime time on Britain’s biggest channel? That was the challenge I was set by the BBC’s top brass. Me and a crack team of producers and researchers were told to come up with a history series that would bring popular history to the heart of BBC One.

We were given five slots, at 7.30pm – and we would be broadcasting live to the nation’s living rooms. The team assembled and the lengthy, intense and often amusing discussions began.
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National Treasures Live – Erddig House

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

From here:
Wednesday 7 September
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Ep 5/5

Broadcast live from Wrexham, Dan Snow and Sian Williams present the final programme in the series. The team are at Erddig Hall, a stately home, where they explore the extraordinary relationship that existed between the servants and masters of the house.

Unable to conceal the servants due to the thin structure of the house, the masters instead embraced them, celebrating their lives in elaborate portraiture which remains on display to this day.

Once again, a team of reporters and the nation’s favourite celebrities reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories. Tonight, Sheila Hancock explores the changing role of female spies post-Second World War and forensic anthropologist

From here:

In the final episode of the series, Dan Snow and Sian Williams broadcast live from Erddig House in North Wales, where they get a glimpse of what life was really like for Victorian servants.

Special guest Sheila Hancock looks at the changing face of the female spy, whilst Michael Douglas meets the extraordinary World War II veteran whose torpedoes sank the Bismarck.

National Treasures Live – Beaulieu

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

From here:
Wednesday 31 August
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Ep 4/5

Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life – live to the nation’s living rooms. Tonight, the team is at Beaulieu National Motor Museum exploring the genesis of the collection started by car pioneer Lord Montague.

Dan and Sian get hands-on with some of the most valuable antique cars in the country, from an original Silver Ghost Rolls Royce to Britain’s last surviving steam car and Donald Campbell’s Bluebird.

In a lively mix of film reports, a team of reporters and the nation’s favourite celebrities reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories. Tonight, Larry Lamb heads to East London to explore the history of the Music Hall.

National Treasures Live is part of BBC Learning’s Hands On History. Details are available at bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory.

From here:

Dan Snow and Sian Williams visit the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. They get hands-on with some of the most luxurious and elegant cars ever made, whilst special guest Larry Lamb takes a trip down memory lane with a visit to the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

Also, Xanthe Mallett explores the incredible treasure trove of surviving documents from the original police investigation into Jack the Ripper.

National Treasures Live – Shakespeare Dig Stratford

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

From here:

Wednesday 24 August
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Ep 3/5

Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life – live to the nation’s living rooms. This week, the team are in Stratford-upon-Avon at an archaeological dig at Shakespeare’s home.

This is an impressive dig excavating the foundations of the New Place, a grand townhouse that Shakespeare bought and lived in for the last six years of his life. Dan and Sian get their hands dirty as they bury a time capsule, intended as a gift for the archaeologists of the future.

In a lively mix of film reports, a team of reporters and the nation’s favourite celebrities reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories. Tonight, Ruby Wax explores the history of psychiatry and learns whether the first Victorian asylums were the hotbeds of sadism and cruelty that gothic tradition suggests.

National Treasures Live is part of BBC Learning’s Hands On History. Details are available at bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory.

From here:

Live from Stratford Upon Avon, Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue their series celebrating the best in British history. In this programme, they investigate claims that William Shakespeare may not have been the author of the classic plays, and join an excavation at the house where he died. Plus, Ruby Wax takes a look at some of the grisly techniques that were used on patients inside Victorian asylums.

National Treasures Live round-up

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
  • National Treasures Live – Beaulieu Motor Museum

    The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has been chosen as one of the locations for a new, peak time series on BBC1, starting on August 10 and fronted by historian Dan Snow and BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams. In a lively mix of film reports, Dan and Sian, together with a team of celebrity reporters and historians, will reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories.

    The programme, to be broadcast live from Beaulieu at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 31st August, will tell the story of early motoring and feature a number of vehicles from the museum’s collection including a replica of the first practical motor car, the 1886 Benz, and the Grenville Steam Carriage, the earliest passenger carrying road vehicle still running.

National Treasures Live – HMS Warrior

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

From here:

Wednesday 17 August
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Ep 2/5

Live from the majestic HMS Warrior in Portsmouth, Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue their series celebrating the best in British history. They experience what life was really like on board a nineteenth century warship, whilst Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace investigates the ingenious recipes that were cooked up during rationing in the Second World War. Plus, Joe Crowley makes a remarkable discovery in a two thousand year old Roman grave.

From here:

Dan Snow and Sian Williams continue to bring history to life – live to the nation’s living rooms. Broadcast from Britain’s most striking historical locations, the series throws open the doors to some of the UK’s most exciting venues, including restorations, digs and heritage sites, giving viewers unique access to events happening across the country.

Tonight, the team is in Portsmouth, on the mighty HMS Warrior. Here, they explore what was, at the time of its launch, the most sophisticated war ship ever built.

In a lively mix of film reports, a team of reporters and the nation’s favourite celebrities reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories. Tonight, Gregg Wallace explores the weird and wonderful recipes people used in the Second World War to work around rationing restrictions.

National Treasures Live is part of BBC Learning’s Hands On History. Details are available at bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory.

National Treasures Live round-up

Friday, August 5th, 2011
  • Filming begins at heritage sites for new BBC show

    Historian Dan Snow has been filming at Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland this week in preparation for National Treasures Live, a new programme that will give BBC viewers unique access to some of Britain’s most exciting venues, including restorations, digs and heritage sites.
    […]
    Dan said: “Housesteads Roman Fort is arguably one of the most interesting and picturesque sites along Hadrian’s Wall and as a World Heritage site steeped in Roman history, it made perfect sense for us to include it within the episode dedicated to Romans.

    “We look forward to the show being broadcast and hopefully viewers at home will be able to take away as much from the series as both Michael and myself have and visit Housesteads Roman Fort for themselves.”

  • National Treasures Live on Twitter
  • National Treasures Live page on the BBC website
  • BBC Press Release

National Treasures Live – Dover Castle

Friday, August 5th, 2011

From here:

Wednesday 10 August
7.30-8.00pm BBC ONE
Ep 1/5

Britain’s fascinating history is all around us. Around the UK there are amazing places to visit and incredible ways to uncover the stories of our shared past. Now historian Dan Snow and BBC presenter Sian Williams are bringing this history to life – live to the nation’s living rooms.

Broadcast from Britain’s most striking historical locations, the series throws open the doors to some of the UK’s most exciting venues, including restorations, digs and heritage sites, giving viewers unique access to events happening across the country

Dover Castle is the setting for the opening programme. King Henry II’s magnificent castle will take centre stage as well as the huge array of secret tunnels cut into the White Cliffs underneath it. These tunnels were where the Dunkirk rescue mission was masterminded from and they housed a fully functioning hospital, barracks and secret telecommunications hub.

Dan and Sian are joined by a team of reporters and, throughout the series, by some of the nation’s favourite celebrities who are on hand to share their passion for history and the way we used to live. In a lively mix of film reports, Sheila Hancock, Lenny Henry, Larry Lamb, Gregg Wallace and Ruby Wax reveal some of the country’s most mysterious, surprising and compelling stories.

National Treasures Live is part of BBC Learning’s Hands On History. Details are available at bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory.

Win tickets to see Dan on National Treasures Live

Friday, August 5th, 2011

English Heritage are offering the opportunity to go down to Dover and check out Dan in action for Wednesday night’s National Treasures Live.

Check it out here.