Empire of the Tsars

Historian Lucy Worsley travels in the footsteps of the Romanovs, the dynasty that ruled Russia for more than three centuries: Peter the Great, the visionary who transformed a country into an empire; Catherine the Great, the minor princess from Germany who became the mightiest woman in the world; and the last tsar, Nicholas II, the loving father and husband who provoked a revolution. This three-part series tells the story of a family whose palaces hide stories of betrayal, scandal and murder.


Air Date: October 23, 2017 - 58:46
The Romanov family's grip on Russia unravelled in the bloody and traumatic years from 1825 to 1918.
Air Date: October 16, 2017 - 58:35
Historian Lucy Worsley examines the extraordinary reign of Catherine the Great and the traumatic conflict with Napoleonic France.
Air Date: October 09, 2017 - 58:27
The Romanovs' 300-year reign began in 1613, when a 16-year-old was plucked from obscurity and offered the crown.