Secrets of Westminster
(Rochester, NY) - From royal intrigue to real-life spies,a new one-hour special uncovers elements of England’s iconic institutions in Secrets of Westminster airing Sunday, September 7, 2014, 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. From the outside, the House of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London emblems of historic British democracy. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was this always the case? Go inside its gothic walls and discover the hidden worlds of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions are the order of the day.
The program also takes viewers on a tour of the iconic bell tower of Big Ben, showcasing this iconic symbol and explaining the origin of its nickname and the mystery of its distinct tone. Victoria Tower holds priceless Acts of Parliament, documents that record 500 years of British history, including the Stamp Act that eventually led to colonial America’s rebellion. The film outlines the famous Gunpowder Plot, commemorated annually with bonfires and fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day; features footage of suffragette Emily Davison’s grim demise; and covers the career of Lady Astor, an American in England, who had a profound impact on Parliament.
Pictured: The exterior of Westminster Abbey
Credit: Courtesy of Anna Kibblewhite (Pioneer Productions)
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