The Story of Wales

The Story of Wales

The Story of Wales

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BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards tells the story of Wales from prehistoric times to the emergence of a modern nation.

Beginning with the earliest known human burial in Western Europe, the 'Red Lady of Paviland', and ending with Wales' own government, this is an authoritative popular history of Wales. It's a journey through Viking, Saxon and Norman invasions, Hywel Dda's united Wales, Owain Glyndwr's rebellion, the heart of the Tudor court, coal mines, Welsh language campaigns and present day devolution.

From the rich culture of medieval Wales to the cutting-edge of innovation, this six part series examines issues of power, war and industry. Bitter battles and economic booms forge a vibrant nation with a unique history, culture and identity.

The Makings of Wales
We visit ancient stone tombs and investigate legends of invading Celtic warbands. What can an Iron Age sword in a lake tell us about lost communities?

Power Struggles
The Welsh are under attack from the Vikings and Saxons and show great political skill in building up trade and alliances. The charismatic Owain Glyndwr leads a rebellion against the English Crown.

England and Wales
A fallen crown hanging from a thorn bush in a battlefield is lifted by a Welshman, beginning the reign of the Tudors.

Furnace of Change
Beginning with the city known as Copperopolis, Welsh industry finds its feet in a market for metal, but everyone wants their fair share of this new wealth.

A New Beginning
Welsh culture seizes its moment and builds grand buildings and its first university. It's all funded by the 'black gold' of the booming coalfields, which draw in a new generation of migrants.

Wales and Britain
Wales is fully engaged with building a British Welfare State and economy after World War II. But Welsh language campaigns and the Miners' Strike lead to a new desire for more independence.

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  • Length: 360mins
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