Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters
Thursdays, June 20 & 27, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Fridays, June 21 & 28, at 4 a.m.
Also airs on Fusion on Sundays, June 23 & 30, at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, June 25 & July 2, at 7 p.m.
The doomed Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Tsarina Alexandra are an object of fascination by historians, even 100 years after their execution during the Russian Revolution. This two-part docudrama explores the couple’s complex relationship, eccentric religious views, political ineptitude and reliance on the mystic Rasputin, one of the most interesting characters in Russian history.
Nicholas’ government was the final imperial state in Russia before the rise of a socialist revolution, led by the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Lenin, forced him to abdicate. The tsar’s failings as a leader played a heavy role in the uprising.
Presented by historian and broadcaster Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, the program observes the personal correspondence between Nicholas and Alexandra to paint the full picture of how the Russian Empire fell.