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A little article on the history of the codpiece…

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… I wrote for a newspaper this week.  Hope you enjoy! ‘There is no hidden codpiece memo.’ So says Colin Callendar, executive producer of the upcoming BBC Two drama series Wolf Hall, denying claims that the size of his stars’ codpieces were reduced beyond the point of historical accuracy to avoid offending or baffling an American audience. Actor Damian Lewis did

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Most popular posts, and best comments, of the year 2014

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Hello, I hope you enjoyed the Tudor shenanigans on BBC Two last night, if you watched them! I’m a bit late with this, aren’t I, as we’re already well into 2015?  But better late than never… These were the most popular posts of the year on my blog! Click on them to re-read them!  In fourth

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A visit to the set of Wolf Hall, and other Tudor drama (including our OWN).

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Well, I have been spreading myself about all over the papers today in preparation for the Tudor season about to begin on the BBC. For the Mail, I have written about a visit to the set of the new BBC drama version of Wolf Hall (in which Damian Lewis showed me his codpiece) (ok, calm

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I’m going to be busy on Xmas Day

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Dear Friends, the curators’ office Hampton Court this week has felt a bit like a sinking ship as one by one people have come into my room to say, ‘Well, I’m off now for the holidays.  See you next year!’  I’m clinging on to the bitter end myself, having already had my holiday skiing a

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A re-post, on royal bedrooms of the past…

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In honour of ‘Tales from the Royal Bedchamber’ being shown on PBS in America at the moment (you can also watch it through their website here) I’m re-posting an article from a couple of years ago, about royal beds… Rife through any archive of note and, should it contain ambassadors’ letters and courtiers’ memoirs, you’ll often

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How to make a Tudor wafer

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Well, now for something completely different.  Although it’s being shown on the telly at the moment, we actually finished all our work on that dancing series back in the summer, and my mind has moved onto other things.  I’ve been busy recently with a new Tudor project. This week I had the pleasure of watching

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Another dancing article, in which Len Goodman calls me a sausage…

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‘Come on Luce, me old sausage’, Len said, as I sat trembling in my dressing room, ‘let’s get dancing!’  Len Goodman is better known as ‘Head Judge Len’ from the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.  But we weren’t on the ‘Strictly’ set; we were backstage at a West End nightclub. And I wasn’t at all keen

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Our new BBC4 series – on the history of dancing

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It’s an article for you from today’s Daily Mail, written by the excellent Mary Greene… Gatsby and Daisy? No, it’s Lucy and Len, toes tapping, knees waggling, arms flapping. Everybody’s doing the Charleston today, including Len Goodman and Dr Lucy Worsley, unlikely partners in Dancing Cheek To Cheek, BBC4’s new history of British dance crazes

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A bit of a swoon about Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski

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In the 1980s I was a bit of a stalker. Fortunately, the object of my affections was not a person but a thing: it was West Bridgford Library in the suburb of Nottingham where we lived. I can’t really remember how I started ‘working’ there – something to do with the Girl Guides, I think

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Preview: The Museum of London’s Sherlock Holmes exhibition, opens 17th October

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My preview from the Express this weekend… Sherlock fans!  The game’s afoot.  From Friday we’ll be able to get closer than ever to the greatest detective who never lived.  Better still, we’ll be able to travel back in time to visit his foggy, gas-lit and crime-ridden city.  The Museum of London’s new Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens this

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