On July 14, 1789, a mob of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille and seized the King's military stores. A decade of idealism, war, murder and carnage followed, bringing about the end of feudalism and the rise of equality and a new world order. 'The French Revolution' is a definitive feature-length documentary that encapsulates this heady (and often headless) period in Western civilisation. With dramatic reenactments, illustrations and paintings from the era, plus revealing accounts from journals and expert commentary from historians, 'The French Revolution' vividly unfurls in a maelstrom of violence, discontent and fundamental change. King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Maximilien Robespierre and Napoleon Bonaparte lead a cast of thousands in this essential programme from History. Now, over 200 years on, 'The French Revolution' explores the legacy that - now more than ever -stands as both a warning and a guidepost to a new millennium.