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The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange (voice of Ronald Baddiley), and master carpenter James of Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and Welsh actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.

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The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange (voice of Ronald Baddiley), and master carpenter James of Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and Welsh actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.
story. A standalone version featuring only the animated sequences was also made available.


The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange (voice of Ronald Baddiley), and master carpenter James of Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.

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The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange (voice of Ronald Baddiley), and master carpenter James of Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British Welsh actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.


** The live action sequences include the hosts playing through a scenario of what would happen if the attackers managed to get through the front entrance, they would then have to get through a hall of barricaded doors surrounded by arrow slits on the sides and murder holes on top, designed to be as unsurvivable as possible.

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** The live action live-action sequences include the hosts playing through a scenario of what would happen if the attackers managed to get through the front entrance, they would then have to get through a hall of barricaded doors surrounded by arrow slits on the sides and murder holes on top, designed to be as unsurvivable as possible.



** The Welsh themselves attempted this tactic by digging a tunnel under one of the towers and then setting it alight. It doesn't work anywhere near as well as they thought.

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** The Welsh themselves attempted this tactic by digging a tunnel under one of the towers and then setting it alight. It doesn't work anywhere near as well as they thought.thought it would.


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* OldDog: Lord Kevin is initially set on building his castle the way it was done in King Henry's time, but Master James is able to impress him with innovations developed beyond Europe.


Both the animated and live-action sequences go out of their way to show how castles functioned defensively, especially in times of war. This would eventually be followed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Cathedral}}'' in 1986, ''Pyramid'' in 1989, ''Roman City'' in 1994, and ''Mill Times'' in 2002.

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Both the animated and live-action sequences go out of their way to show how castles functioned defensively, especially in times of war. This would eventually be followed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Cathedral}}'' in 1986, ''Pyramid'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Pyramid}}'' in 1989, ''Roman City'' ''WesternAnimation/RomanCity'' in 1994, and ''Mill Times'' in 2002.



* DeathCourse: The live action sequences include the hosts playing through a scenario of what would happen if the attackers managed to get through the front entrance, they would then have to get through a hall of barricaded doors surrounded by arrow slits on the sides and murder holes on top, designed to be as unsurvivable as possible.

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The live action sequences include the hosts playing through a scenario of what would happen if the attackers managed to get through the front entrance, they would then have to get through a hall of barricaded doors surrounded by arrow slits on the sides and murder holes on top, designed to be as unsurvivable as possible.


** Another live-action section examines a real and even better designed castle, with an asymmetrical front area immediately behind the main front gate which requires any enemy to take a diagonal direction to the next inner entrance, exposing to an open area that can be thoroughly covered by defensive fire.

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** Another live-action section examines a real and even better designed castle, with an asymmetrical front area immediately behind the main front gate which requires any enemy to take a diagonal direction to the next inner entrance, exposing to them in an open area that can be thoroughly covered by defensive fire.

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** Another live-action section examines a real and even better designed castle, with an asymmetrical front area immediately behind the main front gate which requires any enemy to take a diagonal direction to the next inner entrance, exposing to an open area that can be thoroughly covered by defensive fire.

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* DeathCourse: The live action sequences include the hosts playing through a scenario of what would happen if the attackers managed to get through the front entrance, they would then have to get through a hall of barricaded doors surrounded by arrow slits on the sides and murder holes on top, designed to be as unsurvivable as possible.


The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange (voice of Roy Purcell), and master carpenter James of Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.

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The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange (voice of Roy Purcell), Ronald Baddiley), and master carpenter James of Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.


* JumpedAtTheCall: When Lord Kevin drafts thousands of workers to help build Castle Aberwyvern, one who has no problem with leaving his hometown for the project is a blacksmith from Chester named Andrew, who understands that Chester has more than enough blacksmiths to serve it and sees an opportunity, becoming an inaugural member of Aberwyvern's smithing guild and eventually moving there as one of its first permanent residents.

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* JumpedAtTheCall: When Lord Kevin drafts thousands of workers to help build Castle Aberwyvern, one who has no problem with leaving his hometown for the project is a blacksmith from Chester named Andrew, who understands that Chester has more than enough blacksmiths to serve it and sees an opportunity, becoming an inaugural member master of Aberwyvern's smithing guild and eventually moving there as one of its first permanent residents.


Useless trivia: this premiered on the same week as ''Vietnam: A Television History'', and its initial broadcast was followed by the premiere of the second episode of the same. Also, its 1994 rebroadcast was the leadoff program of PBS's primetime schedule for May 10, 1994, with ''Frontline'' special "Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo" and ''USS Wisconson: The Last Battleship'' following.

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Useless trivia: this premiered on the same week as ''Vietnam: A Television History'', and its initial broadcast was followed by the premiere of the second episode of the same. Also, its 1994 rebroadcast was the leadoff program of PBS's primetime schedule for May 10, 1994, with ''Frontline'' special "Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo" and 1992 half-hour evergreen program ''USS Wisconson: Wisconsin: The Last Battleship'' following.


The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange, and master carpenter James of Babbington, and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd, went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.

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The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange, Strange (voice of Roy Purcell), and master carpenter James of Babbington, Babbington (voice of Creator/BrianBlessed), and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Dafydd, Dafydd (voice of Ellis Jones), went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.


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* JumpedAtTheCall: When Lord Kevin drafts thousands of workers to help build Castle Aberwyvern, one who has no problem with leaving his hometown for the project is a blacksmith from Chester named Andrew, who understands that Chester has more than enough blacksmiths to serve it and sees an opportunity, becoming an inaugural member of Aberwyvern's smithing guild and eventually moving there as one of its first permanent residents.


Useless trivia: this premiered on the same week as ''Vietnam: A Television History'', and its initial broadcast was followed by the premiere of the second episode of the same. Also, its 1994 rebroadcast was placed in between a rebroadcast of ''Nova'' 1992-93 season finale "The Lost Tribe" and a rebroadcast of the Creator/KenBurns documentary ''Film/TheStatueOfLiberty''.

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Useless trivia: this premiered on the same week as ''Vietnam: A Television History'', and its initial broadcast was followed by the premiere of the second episode of the same. Also, its 1994 rebroadcast was placed in between a rebroadcast the leadoff program of ''Nova'' 1992-93 season finale "The Lost Tribe" PBS's primetime schedule for May 10, 1994, with ''Frontline'' special "Romeo and a rebroadcast of the Creator/KenBurns documentary ''Film/TheStatueOfLiberty''.
Juliet in Sarajevo" and ''USS Wisconson: The Last Battleship'' following.


Original production funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Jacob and Charlotte Lehrmann Foundation. Additional funding for the 1994 rebroadcast was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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Original production funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Jacob and Charlotte Lehrmann Lehrman Foundation. Additional funding for the 1994 rebroadcast was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.


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* StormingTheCastle: The program shows in vivid terms just how tough storming a well designed, built and supplied castle could be in medieval times with defenses upon defenses in place to discourage it.


The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange, and master carpenter James of Babbington, and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Davith, went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.

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The film, produced by Unicorn Productions in association with WTVS Detroit, chronicles the construction of the fictional castle of Aberwyvern under the supervision of its owner, Lord Kevin le Strange, and master carpenter James of Babbington, and the extremes the Welsh, led by Prince Davith, Dafydd, went to, ultimately to no avail, in their attempt to thwart the English invasion of their territory. In the live-action wrap-around sequences, Macaulay and British actress Sarah Bullen explore the real-life castles that served as Macaulay's inspiration for the setting of his story.



* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When Prince Davith's tunnel burning plan fails and he learns that reinforcements from King Edward are coming in, he knows he's screwed if he presses on, and so orders his troops to fall back.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When Prince Davith's Dafydd's tunnel burning plan fails and he learns that reinforcements from King Edward are coming in, he knows he's screwed if he presses on, and so orders his troops to fall back.



* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: Prince Davith's motivation for storming Castle Aberwyvern.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Prince Davith is the leader of the Welsh resistance against the English, storming their castles in an attempt to drive them away from their lands.

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* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: Prince Davith's Dafydd's motivation for storming Castle Aberwyvern.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Prince Davith Dafydd is the leader of the Welsh resistance against the English, storming their castles in an attempt to drive them away from their lands.

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Original production funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Jacob and Charlotte Lehrmann Foundation. Additional funding for the 1994 rebroadcast was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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