American History’s biggest fibs

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The first of three episodes begins on Thursday on BBC4 this week. I have completed animated linking sequences and inter-titles throughout the 3 programmes as I did in the previous series (“British History’s biggest fibs”) The imagery this time is drawn from American posters and typography- the title sequence itself should remind people of the currency which is a good start!

Lucy, as ever, is brilliant!


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BBC and Martin Luther

I was asked a few weeks’ ago to do some work on a project about Martin Luther. I am not sure the project is going ahead but here are some images.

I rather like Thomas More. He got a raw deal in the Hilary Mantel books, but there we are. I loved the books anyway and the TV adaptation!

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erasmus after Durer


Luther himself-




and some more erasmus







The matter of EU Citizens in the UK

I am delighted that this issue is receiving more and more attention and support. I hope the Prime Minister will take note and act appropriately. If Mr Junker and his cohorts wish to bargain with people’s lives in this way, we in the UK should make it clear that there is a moral high ground and we have taken it. I am astonished m. Junker did not seize such ground himself but I am deeply disheartened that Mrs May has, even now, left it so long.

We need to reassure EU citizens resident here at the time of the Referendum that, whatever the outcome of future negotiations with the EU, we acknowledge and confirm that their faith in Britain was not and will not be misplaced.

Here are my scribbles during the lunchtime news a few minutes ago. I am afraid I am so busy with Edward Lear, he has crept into this page anyway… Apologies.


British History’s Biggest fibs reviews

Here are some sketches of the tremendous Lucy Worsley doing her stuff!


From the Daily Mail:

Ruff, bustle … codpiece! Saucy Dr Lucy is playing dress up again: Christopher Stevens reviews last night’s TV

Mr Benn loved dressing up. Every day he went to a fancy-dress shop, where he tried on a new costume — clown, wizard, astronaut, cowboy — and had an adventure, before returning to his mundane life in his suit and bowler hat.

I want to see a remake with Dr Lucy Worsley. No one since Mr Benn has enjoyed dressing up so much.

Historian Dr Lucy Worsley dressed as Elizabeth I for British History's Biggest Fibs on BBC4

Historian Dr Lucy Worsley dressed as Elizabeth I for British History’s Biggest Fibs on BBC4

As long as she’s being Grown-up Lucy, in her smart dresses and severe blonde bob, she’s a scholarly and respectable presenter. But let her don a ruff or a bustle, and her eyes glitter with mischief.

British History’s Biggest Fibs (BBC4) saw her pull on a yeoman warder’s finery at the Tower of London.

The effect was as intoxicating for her as three swift glasses of white wine at the historians’ office party. Goodbye decorous Dr Worsley, hello Louche Lucy.

In the show, Dr Lucy tried to debunk mysteries of the Wars of the Roses - but it was confusing

In the show, Dr Lucy tried to debunk mysteries of the Wars of the Roses – but it was confusing

Eyeing the chief Beefeater, she told him saucily: ‘I think I might have a better codpiece than you.’ And while the poor man was trying to think of an answer to that, she added: ‘Let’s discuss our chests.’ Evidently she likes a man in uniform.

When she wasn’t flirting with guardians of the Crown Jewels, she was debunking some of the myths of the Wars of the Roses.

Some history work

Just been working on a project for the BBC. The title is being revised so meanwhile here is a bit of work which is not being used in the project but I think is rather fun. This is the story of the crowning of Queen Victoria as Empress of India, as imagined in the style of a comic strip…the-raj-colour