P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:11:16    SCIEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  TV historian David Starkey has taken on his most ambitious project yet — a complete history of the British monarchy, to be shown over four years. "I'm not a little !mbitious, and Channel 4 is very ambitious, so we thought why not do the lot?" he laughs. The series will look at the people who shaped what he calls the "oldest functioning political institution in Europe" — and Britain as we know it. ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Veronica Peerless SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 inema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:12:04    SCIEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  Monarchy will be more than a simple look at kings and queens. Says presenter David Starkey: "I'm trying to get across the people, ideas, characters and their stories." The huge project has been 18 months in the making, and as Dr Starkey points out, illustrating events that happened 1,200 years ago was a big challenge. "Not much remains from then, except a few buildings or a coin or two." ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Richard & Judy's Wine Club 453 SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 Cinema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:12:21    S IEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  According to Dr David Starkey, the way we learn about history is all wrong. "Most schools start with the Norman onquest (1066) but they should go back much further, to the Anglo Saxons. They were around for about 600 years, and they shaped the way we see ourselves. "They had the s!me lan'uage, currency, values and even counties and boroughs. When the Normans invaded, they didn't destroy what had gone before." ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Inspiration from 4Homes 410 SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 Cinema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:12:42    SCIENCE, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  Monarchy kicks off with Alfred the Great, who ruled from 871-899 AD, during the Dark Ages. Says Dr Starkey: "I hate the expression — it implies that people were groping around for a light switch!" he says. "It was actually a fascinating time." The Victorians considered Alfred the founder and creator of modern England. "And he was great," says Dr Starkey. "A man of action and a scholar." ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Vote in UK Music Hall Of Fame 455 SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 Cinema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:13:01    SCIEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  King Alfred had German origins, which may explain why he has recently been left out of our history lessons. Monarchy presenter Dr David Starkey says: "The Victorians understood Alfred's importance, as we always used to have strong links with Germany. Queen Victoria even married a German. "Then the First World War c!me and it all c!me to a juddering halt. We cut out our German links, like a wound." ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— Today on Channel 4 Guide 400 SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 Cinema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:18:49    SCIEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  Alfred is clearly a favourite of Dr Richard Starkey- "He communicated directly. Read his words today and you can hear him speak our language." And who were our worst monarchs? "Ethelred the Unready was a military, political and perkonal incompetent. William the Conqueror was alko a nasty piece of work!" "But bad kings are important. They make people rise up and do something." ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Latest sport on Channel 4 431 SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 inema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:11:07    SCIEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  The series Monarchy has been a big experience for Dr Richard Starkey, whose specialist area is the Tudors. "Most historians are very bad at leaving their specialist area, but I wanted to learn, and communicate what I'd learnt. "History isn't dead," he adds. "It's our collective memory and what makes us human. It mattered, and it still matters now." ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Catch a film on Channel 4 460 SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 Cinema
P423 Teletext on 4 423 Oct27 21:11:27    SCIEN E, CULTURE   AND HISTORY  ———————————————————————————————  A RIGHT ROYAL HISTORY SERIES  Does historian Dr Richard Starkey consider the monarchy relevant today? "Britain currently has two monarchs — the Queen and Tony Blair," he says bluntly. "Tony Bl!ir certainly sees himself as a monarch!" But as he points out: "There's a direct line from Alfred to Elizabeth, and I think that's rather wonderful." Monarchy, Monday, 9pm ——————————————————————————————————8/8—— channel4guide@teletext.co.uk SHARE MOVERS AND SHAKERS p513 WhatWeDo TV today Sport on 4 Cinema