Michael Wood’s Story of England (2010): S01E05 – Henry VIII to the Industrial Revolution


Michael Wood’s Story of England is a six-part BBC documentary series written and presented by Michael Wood and airing from 22 September 2010.

The series tells the story of one place, the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, throughout the whole of English history.


The tale reaches the dramatic events of Henry VIII’s Reformation and the battles of the English Civil War. The programme tracks Kibworth’s 17th-century Dissenters, travels on the Grand Union Canal, and looks at Anna Laetitia Barbauld, an 18th-century feminist writer from Kibworth who was a pioneer of children’s books.

The story of a young highwayman exiled to Australia comes alive as his living descendants come back to the village to uncover their roots. Lastly, the Industrial Revolution comes to the village with framework knitting factories, changing the village and its people forever.

Michael Wood’s Story of Britain Series

You can find a full index and overview of Michael Wood’s Story of Britain here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 19 October 2010.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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