Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 12AM Thu 14 December 2006

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she left behind an extended family network that spanned nine European thrones.

This dynasty was the very pinnacle of high society and family members referred to themselves as 'The Club'. But from the moment Queen Victoria died, 'The Club' was doomed.

Long-forgotten royal correspondence, admiralty telegrams and secret service records discovered by historian Dr Andrew Cook reveal an amazing trail of events leading from the build-up to war, through King George's astonishing refusal of asylum to his cousin Tsar Nicholas, to a previously unknown desperate rescue plan involving the British secret service, and a mission to deepest Siberia to try and save the Tsar and his family.

It's an incredible story played out against a backdrop of global war and revolution: a moment in time that would change the course of the 20th century.

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A look at the incredible story of Queen Victoria's three first cousins who found themselves at the centre of a family feud and a global war when she died