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  • 2015-04-03T19:00:00Z on Channel 5 (UK)
  • 45 mins
  • 4 hours, 30 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary

Dan Jones introduces Secrets of Great British Castles - a series exploring the fascinating history of six of the nation's most significant fortified buildings.

6 episodes

1x01 Dover Castle

  • Series Premiere

    2015-04-03T19:00:00Z — 45 mins

Dan goes behind the battlements of Dover Castle, where he descends into an underground lair to discover how a vast network of tunnels has been used to defend both the castle and the country for centuries.

1x02 Tower of London

  • 2015-04-10T19:00:00Z — 45 mins

Built by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has been a military fortress, a palace, a royal mint, a prison, a zoo and a place of execution, a silent witness to some of the most momentous events in our history. Dan Jones reveals some of its secrets and tells the stories of the traitors, rebels and royalty who met their end inside its imposing walls.

1x03 Warwick Castle

  • 2015-04-17T19:00:00Z — 45 mins

Today Warwick Castle is a popular tourist attraction, but for centuries its walls echoed with the sounds of betrayal, bloodshed, murder and financial ruin. Dan Jones reveals the turbulent history which took place within the well-preserved walls of this imposing castle and the tales of the earls of Warwick who lived there.

1x04 Caernarfon Castle

  • 2015-04-24T19:00:00Z — 45 mins

Historian Dan Jones explores the turbulent history of one of Britain's most famous castles, Caernarfon. Dan is in the heart of Snowdonia exploring a stronghold built not only as an impenetrable fortress but also as a lavish royal palace fit for a fairytale - Caernarfon Castle.

1x05 Stirling Castle

  • 2015-05-01T19:00:00Z — 45 mins

Perched high on a volcanic crag overlooking the River Forth, Stirling has long been one of the most strategically important castles in Britain. Guarding the gateway to the Highlands, its battle-scarred walls have witnessed savagery and chivalry, intrigue, alchemy, adultery and murder. With the aid of location filming, aerial shots and dramatic reconstructions, Dan Jones examines the history of this stronghold and relates the stories of some of the powerful characters who have owned it over the centuries.

1x06 Carrickfergus Castle

  • 2015-05-08T19:00:00Z — 45 mins

Carrickfergus, known locally and colloquially as "Carrick", is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is located on the north shore of Belfast Lough, 11 miles from Belfast. Dan Jones explores the history of Carrickfergus Castle in Co Antrim, one of the most ancient castles in Northern Ireland and a stronghold key to understanding the tempestuous relationship between Britain and Ireland. Dan travels to Rathlin island, where he reveals how hundreds of women and children were massacred in the name of Elizabeth I, and visits the tomb of former governor Arthur Chichester, who began a new colonisation strategy using scorched earth tactics and laid waste to much of the land surrounding the town