Royal History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley – 20 November 2020 – 20/11/2020 – Friday – BBC Two

Russian Revolution
Royal History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley Series 2 Episode 3 of 3

We think we know the story of the Russian revolution – in October 1917, the Bolsheviks rose up, swept the tsar from power and communism was born. In this film, Lucy explores the myths and fibs that swirl around the dramatic events of 1917. She finds it was really a group of women workers who kick-started the Russian Revolution in February 1917. At the time, the Bolsheviks tried to stop it, and Lenin, the radical leader of the Bolsheviks, wasn’t even in the country.

Lucy discovers that the tsar was forced to abdicate long before the Bolsheviks took control. And she finds out how King George V betrayed his cousin by opposing the British government’s offer of asylum to the tsar and his family. This was kept secret for decades.

Along the way, Lucy finds reveals how the Bolsheviks used films and books to big up the October revolution while belittling the February revolution as irrelevant and bourgeois. And when Lenin died in 1924, Stalin lied his way to the top – he repressed Lenin’s last wishes and faked paintings and photographs to support his claim to be Lenin’s chosen successor.

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About Royal History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Documentary series in which Lucy Worsley dispels the myths behind some of the key moments in British royal history.

This show is broadcast on BBC Two, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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