Congrats to Channel 4 winning live coverage of Richard III reinterment

Good to hear Channel 4 has beaten the BBC to provide live coverage of the King Richard III reinterment on Thursday 26 March (see RT piece ‘BBC left scratching its head after C4 snaps up Richard III burial show’ for more).

It was of course in pole position after its documentaries on finding the ‘king under a car park’ in Leicester.

So in case it’s of interest below is their initial response (26 August 2012 email reply) to a group effort I took part in to try to persuade the broadcaster to cover the royal archaeological exploration:

Dear Stuart,

Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries.

Unfortunately, we do not have any plans to make a documentary based on a search for Richard III’s remains; however, please be assured that your comments have been passed on to our Commissioning Department so that they are aware of the interest this would receive.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.


Grace Dawson

Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries


Why Leicester’s position is so key to the Wars of the Roses


My comment in The Independent today:

“It’s not quite correct that the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was slain, brought to a close the Wars of the Roses. Two years later at the Battle of Stoke Field in 1487 the Yorkists fought their last stand. The two battlefields are just 44.6 miles from each other. This adds to the historic importance of the city of Leicester, which lies between them, and where the body of Richard III was found.

“So far the debate about where Richard III should be buried has not considered the importance of Leicester in this strategic context, at a pivotal location between the final battles of the Wars of the Roses, and where the last English King to die in battle was buried.”