Seven Ages of Britain


Seven Ages of Britain

David Dimbleby tells the story of Britain's last 2,000 years through its art and treasure.


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Age of Conquest

1. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Conquest

Britain's story through art and treasure, from the Roman invasion to the Norman Conquest.

Age of Worship

2. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Worship

Britain's art from the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 to the death of Richard II in 1400.

Age of Power

3. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Power

Spanning from Henry VIII's accession in 1509 to Shakespeare's Henry VIII 100 years later.

Age of Revolution

4. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Revolution

In the 17th century British people learned to question everything, resulting in civil war.

Age of Money

5. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Money

The 18th century saw a golden age in painting, with Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough.

Age of Empire

6. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Empire

The story of the British Empire from 1750 to 1900, revealed through its art and treasures.

Age of Ambition

7. Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Ambition

A look at how the 20th century saw Britons upturning class hierarchies.