Secrets of the Castle

Season 1
 (188)201413+
Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold go back in time a few hundred years - figuratively, at least - as they learn how to build a medieval castle using only tools, techniques and materials that were available in the 13th century. It is an extensive project, which is part of a large archaeological experiment expected to take 25 years to complete
Starring
Ruth GoodmanPeter GinnTom Pinfold
Genres
DocumentarySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Why Build A Castle?
    November 18, 2014
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold turn the clock back to learn the skills of the medieval castle builders - by joining the largest archaeological experiment in the world. Although Britain has some of the finest remaining castles of the medieval period, many of their secrets have been lost in time.
  2. 2. Defending The Castle
    November 25, 2014
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    This week historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Tom Pinfold and Peter Ginn discover the secrets to building a castle's defensive structure, and explore the art of medieval combat
  3. 3. Inside The Castle
    December 2, 2014
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Ruth, Peter and Tom enter the surprisingly colourful world of medieval interior design. The castles we see today are scarred by centuries of warfare and weather erosion. Most of their original roofs, carpentry and interior finishes have long since disappeared. But in their heyday they were lavishly decorated.
  4. 4. The Castle's Community of Skills
    December 9, 2014
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The team delve deeper into the secrets of the skilled communities who built medieval castles. The stonemasons working on the castle walls are dependent up on blacksmiths, whose metalwork was magical to the medieval mind - set, and upon carpenters employing sophisticated geometry.
  5. 5. Beyond the Castle Walls
    December 17, 2014
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As the team's time at Guedelon Castle in France draws to an end historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Tom Pinfold and Peter Ginn look at the castle's place in the wider medieval world. Thirteenth-century Europe was a busy, developing, connected place, where work, trade, pilgrimages and crusadesgave people the opportunity to travel across the continent and beyond.

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Directors
Stuart Elliott
Producers
David Upshal
Season year
2014
Network
All3 Media
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S. FunkReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsImmerse yourself in building, furnishing, decorating etc a medieval castle!
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What can I say about this program. It is mesmerizing. Time goes by so fast when watching. All of Ruth Goodman’s programs are excellent!
14 people found this helpful
StephanReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic and educational "hands on" documentary on how ancient Masons and craftsmen constructed castles, once upon a time.
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As a big fan of Tudor Monastery Farm I was expecting the same level of cinematography and although this DVD set's post production resulted in a lot of washed out color, I still loved the content and scripting. Well worth the purchase, plays fine on my US Xbox One, Ruth Peter and "Tommo" are wonderful presenters. They do not come across as professional actors to me which makes watching this series so much more authentic and engaging. I was simply amazed at what could be accomplished using a rudimentary plumb line, compass, level and a couple of chisels.

I hope they re-master this and Tudor Farm for Blu Ray for the States some day. What would be even better: Make a Part 2 of the Farm (surely there must be more content that they could cover) in 4K Blu Ray.
12 people found this helpful
Lisa K. MillerReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsTerrific Tudor Trio
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I just love these people. Kids will learn lots and NOT EVEN FEEL IT. Excellent.
7 people found this helpful
sellsworReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsExperimental archaeology at its best
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A fascinating, five hour program about Guedelon, a castle in Burgundy being built from the ground up using entirely methods and materials from the 13th century. My husband and I visited it within a year or two of the making of this film and loved the experience but were disappointed at how little of what the site had to offer that we were able to see in a day. This program, with demonstrations of most of the crafts involved in castle building, more than made up for what we had missed in person.
6 people found this helpful
MaryReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsA Great Series
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This is a great show. I watched some of this on a very grainy, wobbly video posted on Youtube but a lot of it was it not included. Now I'm able to watch a sharp picture and clear audio with all of the content. I had to buy an inexpensive DVD player that played all region DVD's (since this is made in England) but it was totally worth it.
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PJSReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThe series is excellent for anyone interested in how medieval castles were built ...
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Remember this can not be played on a US player. You need a converter for European format. The series is excellent for anyone interested in how medieval castles were built and why they were built the way they were, along with information about the craftsmen who built them. The company that sold it was excellent to deal with. They would have let me return it once I realized my equipment wouldn't play it but I was able to get it converted.
3 people found this helpful
T. LordReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThis was a great departure from Ruth and Peter's normal "farm" adventures
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This was a great departure from Ruth and Peter's normal "farm" adventures. It was fascinating to watch and informative and amusing. Our whole family - from the 75 yr old to the 4 yr old - loved it.
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emilysometimesReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
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Fun and educational.
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