A new 6 part BBC series: Michael Wood's Story of England
. Michael tells the story of one community through the whole of English history. Using documents, landscape, buildings, science and archaeology, and with the help of the villagers themselves, he explores the lives of the ordinary people against the backdrop of national events across more than a thousand years.
Moving between the national and the local narratives, Michael sets the lives of the ordinary people in the context of great events: from the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest to the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars. Today’s villagers uncover archaeological evidence to fill in the unknown history of the village before 1066, charting the coming of Romans Anglo-Saxons and Vikings into the village; they help dig into local and national archives, and reconstruct a Victorian village concert; and we go with them on a school trip to World War One battlefields.