Lucy Worsley OBE

Congratulations to Lucy Worsley on her award! A new series of “Biggest fibs”, for which I have again done some animation and illustration throughout, is due to screen in January and I think is even better than “British History’s biggest fibs”.




Meanwhile the last episode of “Inside the tower of London” airs this sunday on Channel 5. Again I did illustrations throughout.

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Episode 2 British History’s Biggest Fibs!


I have just watched episode 2! Although I did numerous graphics for the show, I have never really watched any of the episodes from beginning to end, and what bits I had seen were often radically changed in the edit. This episode seemed to me to be very slick indeed and I was thrilled at the way my sequences were blended into the story. I was particularly pleased that the nosebleed sequence worked so well! So congratulations to Edmund Moriarty, the Director of this episode, for doing such a brilliant job and making the process of working such a pleasure!


This should be up on iplayer tomorrow!



more British history

Here’s another review and a few sketches I did




Well, as British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley, the historian and broadcaster’s latest jolly meander through the past, reminds us, history is there to be spoiled, in the sense that the events we think we know so well – so well, indeed, that they become mythologised – can still offer some revelations. This is exactly how the softly didactic Ms Worsley explains the Wars of the Roses, (and the glorious Revolution and the Indian Mutiny in later episodes). There is, you see, no such thing as a definitive account of anything in history, not even from Ms Worsley. So, there is plenty of fascination left in, say, Richard III, or “wicked King Wichard” as the learned Lucy styles him. This is as good as telly history gets.



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.

BBC and Edward Lear

Lucy Worsley’s first episode of “British History’s Biggest Fibs” aired last night and some very positive reviews in the Press today. My graphics looked very good and, indeed, I noticed that my Shakespeare drawing got used rather more than I expected! All worthwhile. Do, meanwhile, check it out on BBCiplayer!

The title changed a few times during production, so here is a different version of the title sequence:

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Next week is the Glorious Revolution (a contrast to the french Revolution, of course) and the final week will be the British Raj.

The Producer wrote to me today to say that the first programme had got an audience of 1.3 million, very good indeed for BBC4 which usually gets audiences of about 500,000.

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Meanwhile, here is my version of a painting Lear did in 1863 of the island of Philae which will accompany “the Lear Suite” by David Watson:screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-18-08-51



British History’s Biggest Fibs

On Thursday, a BBC 4 programme airs about three distortions of history- Richard III’s death, the Glorious Revolution and the formation of the British Raj. I was asked to provide titles and animated sequences throughout the series. the sequences show some of the contemporary images, initially on manuscript paper, and finally on what appears to be the pages of the Illustrated London News. Lucy Worsley presents and I am confident that it will be a good show!

Here, meanwhile (though it is NOT in the show!) is a quick drawing that I did of Lucy as Richard III.



Here is an earlier post: