TV reviews: The Time Traveller’s Guide To Elizabethan England | Big Brother’s Bit On The Side

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IT’S been a fascinating series, but we prepare to make our final journey back to late 16th-century England. Ian Mortimer rounds off his three-part ‘time-travelogue’ by exploring the lives of a new and upwardly mobile section of Elizabethan society - the middle class.

He reveals the impact that urbanisation and education had on the population by visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, to see how the lives of ordinary people were transformed during Elizabeth I’s reign. He also investigates Elizabethan theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe in Southwark, London before telling the dramatic story of how English imperial ambitions led to the threat of Spanish invasion.

It was during this time, which became known as the ‘age of discovery’, that a scientific revolution took place, leading to all manner of discoveries.

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