Inside the Tower of London series 2

Inside the Tower of London is back with a second series, starting 20 August 2019 on Channel 5.

Join Yeoman Warders, Tower experts and, of course, our ravens for eight new episodes as they go behind the scenes to combine the modern-day with stories from a thousand years of history.

In this fascinating new series, we'll meet the first baby ravens born inside the Tower for three decades, learn about the rediscovery of the last remaining dress belonging to Elizabeth I, join Tracy Borman as she investigates declassified documents revealing how the Tower spied on German prisoners in 1939, and witness the excavation of skeletons buried in the heart of the Tower.

The Ravenmaster at the Tower of London holds a baby raven

Series 2, episode 1

21:00, 20 August 2019 on Channel 5

Yeoman Warder AJ Clark stands outside the Queen's House at the Tower of London

In this episode we follow Ravenmaster Chris Skaife as he attempts to breed baby ravens at the Tower — leading to the first raven chicks to be born at the Tower in 30 years. Chris must then decide which raven will remain at the Tower.

Tower Director Colonel Dick Harrold prepares for his retirement after 15 years, and savours his last ever gun salute as the Governor of the Tower.

AJ Clark is the second woman to join the 37 Yeoman Warders at the Tower. Her new fitness regime causes a huge headache for Tower tailor Russell Kashket who has to alter her world-famous scarlet uniform.

The Tower was for centuries the most notorious prison in the country. Historic Royal Palaces Chief Curator Tracy Borman finds out what happened to the young Elizabeth I when she was jailed here after being caught up in a plot to overthrow Mary I.

And we discover the fate of Elizabeth I's favourite, adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh, who fell from grace and was imprisoned in the Tower for over a decade. Four hundred years on, his extraordinary Lost Garden has been brought back to life outside his re-created study in the Bloody Tower.

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Series 2, episode 2

21:00, 27 August 2019 on Channel 5

For centuries the Tower was the most important military fortress in the country and, to this day, the Tower's Yeoman Warders must still have to have a military background. The Tower's connection with the armed forces is most acute when it commemorates war anniversaries.

In this episode Chief Yeoman Warder Pete McGowran is involved in Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, the Tower's celebration of the end of the First World War, which saw a spectacular display as the moat was filled with 10,000 individual flames.

After a month living with Ravenmaster Chris and his wife, it's time for young Raven George to join the rest of the ravens. But not all the ravens are happy to receive a new member, especially young Poppy, and a spot of jealousy ensues.

Chief Curator Tracy Borman unearths some recently declassified documents which reveal details of an MI9 operation at the Tower involving Nazi prisoners and the development of German long range rockets.

Tracy also explores the 20th-century story of celebrated knight of the realm, Sir Roger Casement, who went from hero to prisoner when he was locked up in the Tower. Despite an impressive humanitarian record with remote tribes around the world, Casement’s support of Irish independence - as well as his homosexuality - ultimately led him to a stay at the Tower.

The Tower of London Moat, showing an aerial view of the Beyond the Deepening Shadow installation and lit-up city skyline
Inside the Tower of London series 2

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Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

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Meet the famous ravens at the Tower of London and discover why they are known as the guardians of the Tower.

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