The English

Episodes

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Who are the English? In the first of eight programmes, Malcolm Billings and Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith begin their search for an answer in the fifth century. The Roman

Empire is breaking up and Britain is threatened by Anglo-Saxon invaders. But this is not the end, more a new beginning. Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

FACTSHEET: for free guide and reading list, write to: [address removed]. enclosing sae

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Producer: Christopher Stone

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910109]

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Producer: Christopher Stone

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In the second of eight programmes, Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith step into the ninth century in their search for the English. A new terror - the Vikings - have arrived. But kings such as Alfred defend the people against the pagan onslaught and traditions emerge which remain today. There are almost three centuries between the Viking and Norman invasions of England, but they witnessed the making of a nation.

Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

* FACTSHEET: For free guide and reading list, write to: [address removed], enclosing sae

BOOK: The English'. by Malcolm Billings , available from bookshops, £9.95

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Producer: Christopher Stone

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

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The third of eight programmes.

Norman invaders impressed their foreign domination on the English landscape as well as on the people.

Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith take their search for the English from 1066 to the 13th century, when nobles are forced to decide to be English or French, and King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta.

Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

• FACTSHEET: For free guide and reading list, write to: [address removed], enclosing sae

BOOK: 'The English' by Malcolm Billings , available from bookshops, £9.95

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

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Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

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A royal mausoleum in the heart of London - that is

Westminster Abbey. And it is this week's starting point for Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith as they reach the 13th century in their search for the English. In architecture, in education - and in the English love of claret - it was a time when the Middle Ages flowered.

Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910130]

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

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Chivalry was all-important in the 14th century, with Edward III establishing the Order of the Garter in 1348. But, just two months later, the plague arrived in England. In this week's quest for the English, Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith include visits to a permanent memorial to plague victims and to a castle where English chivalry flourished - in Poland. With music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective. Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Edward Iii

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Producer: Christopher Stone

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Unknown: Edward Iii

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Producer: Christopher Stone

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910213]

In the England of the 1450s, trade flourished, particularly the wool industry. Charitable giving was also increasing. But that was to change. In the sixth of their eight-part search for the English, Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith reach the Reformation and an intriguing character, Thomas Smith , who served both Catholic and Protestant monarchs.

Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

FACTSHEET: for free guide and reading list, write to: [address removed], enclosing sae

BOOK: 'The English' by Malcolm Billings , available from bookshops, £ 10.95

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Unknown: Thomas Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910213]

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Unknown: Thomas Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910220]

The English language flowered as never before in the works of Shakespeare and in the Authorised Version of the Bible. In the seventh of eight programmes,

Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith continue their quest for the English into the 17th century. Religious tensions and conflict between the monarch and Parliament are the underlying themes.

The climax comes on 30 January 1649, with the execution of King

Charles I. Is he a tyrant or a martyr?

Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

FACTSHEET: for free guide and reading list, write to: [address removed], enclosing sae

BOOK: The English' by Malcolm Billings , available from bookshops, £ 10.95

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

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The Royal Observatory still stands as a monument to the scientific revolution of the 17th century. It is the starting-point for Malcolm Billings and Jonathan Riley-Smith as they continue their quest for the English, in the last of the series. After exploring developments in ideas and culture, they end with the emergence of modern England in the Industrial Revolution. But would someone today see the women and men of that time as kindred spirits, or as strangers? Music by Steven Faux , performed by the Dufay Collective.

Producer Christopher Stone Stereo

* FACTSHEET: for free guide and reading list, write to: [address removed], enclosing sae

• BOOK: 'The English', by Malcolm Billings , available from bookshops, £ 10.95

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Unknown: Jonathan Riley-Smith

Music By: Steven Faux

Unknown: Malcolm Billings

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910227]