Monday, January 09, 2006

Paula Milne on The Virgin Queen

In The Daily Telegraph, screenwriter Paula Milne describes how she researched and wrote the upcoming BBC ONE series, The Virgin Queen.
The BBC offered to put me in touch with various TV historians to help my research process, but I instinctively declined the offer. If the job of a historian is to interpret history, my ignorance made me vulnerable to any theories they might want to promulgate.

Instead I talked to history teachers in secondary schools, knowing that they were probably rooted in empirical historical fact rather than imposing their own interpretations.

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