(Contributed by Noriko)
I understand that I am curious about world history now. I’m living in the UK, so I am able to watch dramas from around the world and this is one of the best ways to learn about history, even though it has been made into fiction and is not always accurate.
But they are always entertaining!
Here are two more great historical dramas which I highly recommend.
Roots (2016 version)
It’s a story of African slaves in the US of 1760. At the start of the story, an African man called Kunta Kinte was trained to be a warrior to protect his King, but during the training he was captured by slave traders and sold to the British and shipped to America to work on their farms. It’s fiction, but it is good to know what happened during this time in America when British people ruled the place. As you would expect, it’s not a happy story, but it’s fascinating to know for me, because this is the kind of drama that would never be shown on TV in Japan, so it’s a good reason to study English. The new version of the drama is being broadcasted on the BBC at the moment and the main actor is a black British man who plays his role really well. I can’t wait to watch the 2nd episode tonight!
Victoria (ITV, 2016)
As you expected, it’s a story of Queen Victoria. The new series started from her early life when her uncle King William passed away. She was a German, rather short and too young to have the throne, so there was a lot of jealousy, plots, and political problems around her at that time. She fell in love with a difficult man, another German, Prince Albert. He was quite unique and had a strong passion to make the world a better place by social revolution. The couple led the British Empire to a golden age. They founded the Victoria and Albert museum to show the ordinary people the wonders of arts and crafts from around the world.