The last tsar
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