Rebels and Redcoats

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Rebels and Redcoats
Rebels and Redcoats - titlecard.jpg
Genre Historical documentary
Narrated by Richard Holmes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9 576i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 8 July (2003-07-08) – 29 July 2003 (2003-07-29)

Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America, is a British television documentary series about the story of the American Revolutionary War, narrated by Richard Holmes in a four-parts. Throughout the entire program there are clear explanations about the politics going on behind the scenes, the impact of other nations like Canada and France, battle tactics and strategies, and weaponry, all following a beginning-to-end time line. The impact of each geographic area is frequently emphasized, as there were often a division of loyalties not just in regions but also in neighborhoods. While being a British production, the viewpoint of many different groups are discussed in detail, including the difficult choices Native American Indians and black slaves were forced to make in choosing allegiances.

The series was produced by WGBH Boston and Granada Television in association with BBC Wales. It was aired in two parts in the United States by PBS in 2004.[1] A book, written by Hugh Bicheno and with a foreword by Holmes, accompanied the series.[2]

Episode list[edit]

  1. "The Shot Heard Around the World" (8 July 2003)
  2. "American Crisis 1776" (15 July 2003)
  3. "The War Moves South" (22 July 2003)
  4. "The World Turned Upside Down" (29 July 2003)


Writing for the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley said:


  1. ^ a b Stanley, Alessandra (23 June 2004). "Television Review; British Eyes Look at 1776 and See Less to Approve". New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Bicheno, Hugh (2004). Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolutionary War (New ed.). London: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0007156269. 

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