The Great British Story: A People’s History (8 x 60′) – Historian Michael Wood presents a major new landmark documentary series charting Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s remarkable past from the perspective of ordinary people.
The series utilises the extraordinary energy and interest of local communities combined with the incredible resources of local archives, museums, societies and universities up and down the land to tell the story of our history.
Travelling the breadth of the UK, Michael looks at the story from the ground upwards setting the lives of the local people in the context of major events – from the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest through to the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars.
Along the way Michael gets right to the heart of local communities and their history – from the tin miners of Penwith; Govan shipbuilding families finding their roots on Skye; DNA surveys of the Wirral Vikings; chain-makers of the Black Country; and sailors of Londonderry retracing the voyages of the saints.
With dialects and languages from Cornish to Scots Gaelic, chronicles, songs, memories, medieval documents and vivid oral recollections, The Great British Story charts the people’s journey through time as they struggle with invasion, catastrophe and each other to embrace innovation and opportunity.
To accompany the BBC Two series there will be a number of special opt-out programmes broadcast in the nations and regions.
There will also be a major BBC Learning campaign supporting the series, which includes showcase events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland celebrating local history and helping people find out more about their own personal history as well as that of their local area.
BBC Learning is also working with regional and national partners to offer hundreds of The Great British Story-inspired activities and events such as historical walks, the chance to meet local historical experts and to discover how important historical artifacts and documents can be preserved for future generations.
Channel: BBC2 / BBC Learning
Producer: Maya Vision
TX: Late 2012
Source: BBC press office