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Recording a music track for ‘Story of China’.

A little behind the scenes action. Celebrated opera singer Hermione Wu joins our composer Howard Davidson to record a poem written by Li Qingzhao, an 11th Century poet for the Story of China soundtrack. Li Qingzhao was traveling to Dong Lai, where her husband had just taken a new official post. She was around 38 years of age. Penglai is a magical island where immortals live.
Here’s the translation of the poem, ‘A Farewell Letter to my Sisters’

Tears stain my silk robe with rouge and powder, as the song of farewell is repeated, thousands of times over.
I’m told the going is hard over these endless ranges of mountains that block the view.
In my lonely lodge I listen all night to the patter of the rain.
Regrets at parting drive my mind to distraction: I forget how full I filled your cups as I bade you adieu.
Be sure to send word when the wild geese pass.
After all Dong Lai is not so far off as Peng Lai.


Michael Wood on the Book of Rochester: Leafing through the Library

If I had to save one historical document from the whole of English history, it would not be Magna Carta – or even Domesday Book- but Textus Roffensis.’ Michael Wood, historian and broadcaster.

Michael Wood with the Textus Roffensis

Michael Wood with the Textus Roffensis

Michael Wood’s exploration of the famous Textus Roffensis (‘Book of Rochester’) comes as the first installment of Rochester Cathedral’s new initiative, Leafing through the Library, masterminded by Dr Jayne Wackett, MEMS, University of Kent. The cathedral’s manuscripts and early printed books will be shared and investigated online bi-monthly. Digital images from Rochester cathedral’s library will be accompanied by articles examining the content, context and significance of a wide variety of books including, amongst others, Henry VIII’s Great Bible, one of only thirty-five copies of the 1662 Sealed Book of Common Prayer, a 1744 navigation atlas and Isaac Newton’s observations.

Read Michael’s article here:





Michael Wood Lecture ‘Travels in India’ – 17th December 7pm


Michael is thrilled to be supporting The Angus McDonald Trust with an illustrated lecture called ‘Travels in India’ on Wednesday 17th December at 7pm at the Royal Geographical Society’s Ondaatje Theatre. Tickets are available at bitly.com/travelsinindia and include access to the exhibition @IndiasDisappearingRailways also at the RGS. Please do come along and support this exciting new charity which is donating to rural healthcare projects in Myanmar, in memory of photojournalist and travel writer Angus.


Getting our priorities right

Everyone knows that film crews need coffee but not necessarily what it takes to get a caffeine fix in some locations. Here Mick, our soundman, brews up on top of an ancient mound from the Shang Dynasty, 1600 BC watched carefully by Michael.


Yellow River filming


Filming on a pontoon bridge on the Yellow River. This was actually a rare sunny day with blue skies, sadly not caught on this camera! We were very fortunate as the bridge was undergoing maintenance work so the only noise was from a queue of trucks waiting patiently for it to reopen.


Michael marvels at the size of the planets in China

while the locals get on with their shopping under the night sky, forests, umbrellas and snow trees.

This shopping mall is in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, and the location of the capital during the Han, Sui and Tang, several of China’s greatest dynasties.



Bored with being a TV presenter….

Michael in class

Michael is a hit as the new TEFL teacher in China!

Michael visited this school at the site of the tomb of Du Fu, one of China’s best loved poets. The pupils showed Michael around and shared their enthusiasm for eighth century verse, and their pride in the super-hero poet linked to their own home town.


King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons

AlfredHere’s another chance to see Episode 2 of King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons “The Lady of the Mercians”, presented by Michael Wood. BBC4 next Tuesday at 20.00PM. And if you missed episode 1, there’s still time to catch up on iPlayer!



Hoping for continuing good weather


We’re filming this week in Warwickshire, please let there be sun….