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And it developed a particular audience - middle-aged men. Chris Shaw, a Channel 5 controller, says: "So much of the history I have commissioned in the past has been the greatest, the most evil men in history etc ... They just tend not to do the boys' stuff." Laurence Rees, head of history at the BBC, says a lot of social history is starting to be screened - which, traditionally, women are more interested in - but the wham-bam battles and epics are the programmes that still tend to get most noticed.
As Shaw says, "There is a residual male skew in television anyway." But it doesn't have to be that way.
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Although it's not award winning TV, this show has some positive things going for it. And then there are the joys of seeing a shapely butt, as that is the most you're going to see as there is no full frontal nudity.
I'm sure some people think this show is stupid but there are dumber reality shows on TV viz., Big Brother and The Kardashians, which I refuse to watch.
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In the Great Britons series, historian Lucy Moore, who presented the case for Lord Nelson, made a point of ensuring that both his wife, Fanny, and dazzling mistress, Lady Hamilton, were acknowledged, alongside explanations of his naval strategy.
She was also responsible for telling us that Nelson sat by his daughter's cot, before setting off for the battle of Trafalgar, and that his pithy sayings included not just the stirring "England expects every Man to do his Duty", but "None but the Brave deserve the Fair".
She is now making a series about the seven ages of Britain and another on The Iliad and the Odyssey.
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"Nigella Lawson hits ancient Greece," sniffed one male TV historian.