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Secrets of the Tower of London

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F1BFX96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1,000 years, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. This program unlocks the doors to secret rooms, talks to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveals some surprising facts about one of England's most famous icons.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Royal & Historical Palace November 7, 2013
By paul
This is an intriguing look at one of England's most enduring historic places: The Tower of London. Royal plalace, royal mint, royal menagerie, infamous site of royal executions & the Crown Jewels ~~ The Tower of LOndon is all of these as well as home of the Beefeaters. It not only provides a look at the Tower's 900+ year history, it gives a rare glimpse of the Beefeater's life inside the Tower as well. I lived in England for 8 years & visited the Tower often & never failed to learn something new about this historic shrine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standing guard January 25, 2014
This is a 60 minute film, with English subtitles that tells the story of The Tower. With the exception of showing the Crown Jewels (cameras are not allowed) the cameras go into almost every nook and cranny of this historical monument. Except it is also shown to be a home to some - the guards, the Beefeaters and we also hear their story as well as that of the ravens.

Aerial views and even Tower Bridge are shown. There are very few talking heads - (interviews that go on and on, just showing the person narrating their story). Instead we are led around the grounds and into various rooms and told their history and significance, even about the menagerie that used to be a tourist attraction - especially an elephant, that was given a gallon of wine a day to help him keep warm. At least he, as we are told lived a short, happy, drunken life.

The narration and sound, as well as the photography are excellent. Lovers of history, England and London will enjoy this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful and Interesting History February 3, 2014
'Secrets of the Tower of London' presented viewers with the origin of this London landmark, along with its history up to today. I especially appreciated the opportunity to learn about the lives of those who now 'guard' and take care of it, along with views of areas not open to the general public.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Famous Spooky Old Castle December 12, 2013
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William the Conquerer successfully invaded England(the only one), and built the Tower of London in 1099. For a thousand years, the mighty white towers guarded the land. Here PBS opens the secret doors; and reveals to the public(for the first time) the prison chamber where Sir Thomas More was held for a year, before he was murdered. Thomas More rebuked King Henry the VIII(and his new religion), and paid a mighty price. Here also is the courtyard chopping-block, where Henry the VIII sent his former wives who....eh....let him down.....PBS films the Royal Palace, the royal mint, the site of the royal menagerie, and more. Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer and writer who was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1603. Some years ago, I toured Tower grounds and was shown Sir Raleigh's lofty prison home. But here it is not photographed by PBS. Also, there are no shots of the Armory's massive musket and pistol collection(A sight to see). PBS's "Secrets of the Tower of London" is a professional, sometimes grim documentary. I was disappointed not to see the Royal Crown Jewels, valued at 46 billion dollars(They may be priceless). The Royal Crown Jewels are not filmed. Naturally. It is illegal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOWER OF LONDON February 25, 2014
By kate
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Love castles to begin with; and all the inner workings of them. This is a fascinating look at a historical castle.
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