A good start

The Face of Britain seems to have been well received by the critics, with the Indy's TV reviewer saying, 'The historian proves he is the master of giving us the bigger picture' and 'The Face of Britain confirmed what I already knew: Simon Schama would be a great dinner party guest. The historian and presenter has a knack of illuminating stories, including oft-trodden ones, with intimate details like one of those “well-placed sources” the gossip mags like to trot out.'

The 2nd instalment is on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesday 7 October.