Part history lesson, part celebration of art, this four-part series from Andrew Graham-Dixon takes us on a journey into the history of the Royal Collection – the vast array of art and decorative objects collected by kings and queens over 500 years.

Beginning with the Tudor and Stuart eras, it’s not just extravagant paintings and opulent jewels that Andrew concentrates on – he also studies obscure pieces, including the bust of a mystery child. Whatever the work, one thing is clear: they were collected to inspire awe as well as
to intimidate…