There’s not much I love more than a good, British history documentary. Many of my favorites are presented by historian extraordinaire Lucy Worsley. As the passionate Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in the UK, Worsley is a pro at presenting history in a fun and engaging light. Also, I desperately want to raid her closet of brightly colored Mod coats and adorable aline dresses. Basically, Lucy Worsley is #goals.
So as you can imagine, I was beyond excited to discover this documentary gem featuring my fav historian discussing my fav author. Be still my anglophile, Janeite heart. Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors focuses on the houses and locations in which Jane lived throughout her (all too short) life.
Worsely guides viewers on a journey through Hampshire, Plymouth, London, and Bath. We get to see some of the very rooms Jane slept in, the landmarks she visited, and her final resting place in Winchester Cathedral. It’s the next best thing to a trip to the UK. Throughout, Worsely weaves in biographical details of Austen’s life and works. Even die hard Janeites will come away with newfound knowledge.
The documentary was produced in conjunction with Worsley’s non-fiction book Jane Austen at Home- which I of course can’t wait to read. Both projects were comissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death.
You can watch Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors on the BBC iplayer until the end of the month, or :::coughsearchforitonyoutubecough:::
View a trailer here.
If you watch, let me know what you think!
What are some of your favorite history documentaries?