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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHello, and welcome back to Hampton Court Palace for week three of the course. Last week, we busted some myths about how prisoners were kept in the Tower of London. We saw Elizabeth's reign expand and how her food epitomised her role at the centre of a global empire. This week, we return to the stage of Hampton Court, a very different palace because it's 150 years on. George I is here, the great Hanoverian king, and Sir Christopher Wren under the guise of modernity has tried to tear the whole Tudor pile down. Luckily, he's thwarted through lack of time and money. But he does manage to put up a great new wing for William and Mary.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsYou've got different types of modernity coming in, as well, and that's chocolate. We have a chocolate maker and a whole new bespoke chocolate kitchen. This week, Polly Putnam, curator, joins us to explain why chocolate became so key to English court life in the 17th century. We'll go to the science lab. And using a Georgian chocolate sample, we'll investigate flavour release. And you'll have the chance to create your own Georgian chocolate drinking concoction. We hope you enjoy the week, and we look forward to your comments.

Welcome to Week 3

Welcome back!

Join Kate in this video as she explains what’s in store for Week 3. We return to Hampton Court Palace, this time with its 18th century ‘new look’ courtesy of joint rulers William and Mary, complete with its own chocolate kitchen.

We’re moving on from the Elizabethans to focus on the reign of George I, and to find out just exactly why this German King was so keen to embrace the English chocolate habit.

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