The last tsar

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Ni­cholas and Alexan­dra TV Yes­ter­day Sched­uled for Thurs­day 24 May A cen­tury has passed since Rus­sian rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies ex­e­cuted Ni­cholas II, the Em­press Alexan­dra and their chil­dren. But how did the cou­ple make so many mis­cal­cu­la­tions that their lives should have ended so bru­tally? This fascinating two-part docu­d­rama prom­ises to of­fer some clues as his­to­rian Dr Suzan­nah Lip­scomb charts their lives, trac­ing how the tsar and his wife over­came con­sid­er­able hur­dles – a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship and very dif­fer­ent re­li­gious up­bring­ings – to form a strong, lov­ing re­la­tion­ship. But this is also a story of how the cou­ple mis­read the coun­try’s mood, no­tably as or­di­nary Rus­sians suf­fered in the First World War.

The tsar and his wife pose with their el­dest child, Olga, in 1896

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