The Churchills

October 2019

Season 1 Episode 3 - Grand Strategies

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The final episode shows how Winston Churchill drew on the lessons of the Duke of Marlborough to fight World War Two. At two key moments in particular, Winston's strategic sense averted disaster, and in both decisions, the influence of Marlborough is apparent. In the end, Starkey argues that it was Winston the historian's a...

Season 1 Episode 2 - The March To War

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In 1932, Winston Churchill visited Germany to research his ancestor's biography but missed meeting Hitler. Starkey argues that Churchill's so-called wilderness years of the 1930s were misnamed as the decade spent writing the biography of John Churchill enabled Winston to see a parallel between Hitler and Louis XIV, the see...

Season 1 Episode 1 - The Choice

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Dr David Starkey tells the story of the two greatest war leaders in British history, both of whom were called Churchill. Everyone knows Winston Churchill led Britain and her Allies in their struggle against Hitler; less well known is John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, who led Britain and her Allies against an earlier wou...