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Secrets of the Tower of London
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 26, 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
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several years ago, I spent a day touring the Tower of London - after viewing this DVD I realize there was much that I missed - this is far better than fighting the crowds - it's well filmed and gets the viewer into corners of the Tower that might be unknown to the visitor - would love to see a similar DVD on Windsor Castle
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
'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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this on PBS last month and jumped to buy it for my woman friend who loved re-living the tour for her as she gushed with excitement pointing at everything that she had seen so many years ago but this was done in 2013. An update in dress and autos but the British accents were still the SAME!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 13, 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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on March 15, 2015
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Great video. Lots of great info, interesting topics within the Tower. I really enjoyed the casual interviews with the Yeoman Warders. Our daughter used this to get a feel for the Tower before researching for a school project. It was appropriate for our 7th grader, but might not be for younger ones (particularly the section about torture and executions). Overall this is an interesting look at the Tower.
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on December 11, 2014
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Enjoyed this Documentary - hope to get to visit one of these days. Great transaction.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
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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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on January 8, 2015
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exactly what we saw but more in depth-nice to see again
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