I knew a reasonable amount about the French revolution before I bought this DVD. I got it in the hope that it would do two things: firstly, nail down the timeline of what went on, and, secondly, offer one or two factually supported hypotheses to explain the chain of events. I had also hoped that it might suggest why the Bolsheviks drew such close parallels between 1789 and 1917. It did the first but fell down badly on the other two despite having Alan Woods, a revolutionary socialist of long standing in the RSL, adding an occasional comment. I am sure he would have had a lot to say given the chance. Instead we got any number of unverifiable generalisations from predictable American academics. There was also a good deal of repetition, which suggested to me that it started out in life as a TV programme and was interleaved with commercials that have now been taken out. A big chance missed.