If you haven’t been watching the BBC4 series on King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons you’ve been missing a treat. It is excellently researched, with lots of new material and insights, and extremely well presented. Later tonight, Tuesday 20 August at 9.00 pm, the series reaches our own King Athelstan – crowned at Kingston, and the first man who could properly be called King of England. If you’ve ever wondered why we call ourselves the place where England began, this programme will tell you why. Definitely not to be missed!
(You can read more in the Surrey Comet.)