Let­ters re­veal Rus­sian his­tory

Western Times - - LIFE -

The Tsar and Em­press: Se­cret Let­ters, SBS, Tues­day at 7.30pm

EVER since their bru­tal mur­ders 100 years ago, the world has been fas­ci­nated by Tsar Ni­cholas II and his wife, the Em­press Alexan­dra.

Through the cou­ple’s po­lit­i­cally damn­ing, sex­u­ally in­ti­mate and per­son­ally re­veal­ing let­ters, this two-part docu-drama ex­plores Ni­cholas and Alexan­dra’s com­plex love story.

Hav­ing sur­vived the chal­lenges of a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship as well as in­com­pat­i­ble re­li­gious up­bring­ings, their re­la­tion­ship blos­somed and the two were even­tu­ally mar­ried as the young Tsar as­sumed con­trol of the Rus­sian Em­pire.

Dr Suzan­nah Lip­scomb (pic­tured) then ex­plores the cou­ple’s role in the lead-up to the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion of 1917 which led to their even­tual bru­tal and tragic ex­e­cu­tions.

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