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on 30 January 2013
Almost the ultimate costume drama with some of the cast bearing an almost uncanny resemblance to the characters that they were portraying.
Apart from this there seem to be serious gaps. In the very first epsode, based in the 1880s, the Grand Duchess remarks "the vultures of revolution are gathering".
So what did she mean? We never hear any real further details of the causes of the "vultures of revolution gathering" and the disquiet in any country which thirty years later ended in a devastating war. Just what were these advance warnings of the obviously gathering social unrest?
The only serious cause of unrest ever referred to is the well known Lenin inspired Russian Revolution, which eventuallly lead to the downfall of the Tsar.
At the end of the war the only monarch of a country that took part in WW1 and still on his feet at the end is the UKs George Vth. What did he do, or didn't do, that ensured the survival of the UK monarchy?
I had hoped to learn more about the increasing unrest under all three of these families and this just didn't happen.