Michael Wood (whose In Search of the Trojan War is always must-see viewing before our trips to Greece) returns in a series that combines history and hands-on archaeology in the charming village setting of Kibworth, Leicestershire. The concept is to trace the Story of England – from Roman times through World War II – through the lost history of a single village. The local people soon get into the act as well, as their local stories and discoveries bring the national story to life. Michael Wood’s Story of England will premiere on PBS on July 3rd, and the DVD (containing scenes not broadcast on TV) will follow the series finale.
Diamond Jubilee weekend alert: BBC America will broadcast live BBC feeds of Sunday’s River Pageant (which promises to be the largest flotilla on the Thames in 350 years) and of Tuesday’s Day of Thanksgiving celebration from St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sunday’s schedule also affords an excellent opportunity to see The Diamond Queen, now available on DVD. For full details and further updates, BBC America has created a special Diamond Jubilee webpage.
On Tuesday, an email from The Really Useful Group brought us the news that Andrew Lloyd Webber had collaborated with Gary Barlow on a new anthem for the Queen’s Jubilee Concert on Monday, and you can download the free sheet music here. Gareth Malone (of BBC America’s The Choir) will direct the Military Wives Choir in the premiere performance.