In the second episode of new three-part series 1066: A Year To Conquer England, airing on Tuesday 7 March at 9.00pm on BBC-2, Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to one of the key events in British history – the Battle of Hastings.
Combining both documentary and drama, Dan Snow examines the personal decisions behind the battle, bringing to life the behind-the-scenes story of the Norman Conquest.
In this second episode, King Harold of England has to take on two invasion forces. First, his brother Tostig attacks the south coast. He is repelled, but there is more to come. Later that same year, a vast Viking invasion force, led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway (Clive Russell), lands in the north of England. Harold rushes to Stamford Bridge to fight for his kingdom and for his life.
Meanwhile, Duke William of Normandy (Ed Stoppard) prepares to invade also, but storms keep his invasion fleet trapped in port.
Pictured is Adam James as King Harold.
1066: A Year To Conquer England Episode 2 (of 3) airs on Tuesday 7 March 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.