Richard III DVDs now on sale

Two documentaries featuring University of Leicester Search for Richard III team are now available on DVD

Issued by Leicester City Council on 29 May 2013

A NEW DVD combining two specially-commissioned television programmes on the search for King Richard III has gone on sale.

The DVD set includes the two Channel 4 documentaries which followed the University of Leicester's quest to find the king's lost grave beneath the modern-day Greyfriars car park, in August and September 2012.

Richard III: The King in the Car Park follows the story of the search and discovery of King Richard's grave, while Richard III: The Unseen Story goes behind the scenes to examine the scientific methods used to analyse and identify the remains.

Special showings of the two documentaries are also being broadcast at the current Richard III exhibition at Leicester's Guildhall, on May 29, June 2, June 5 and June 9.

Visitors will be able to buy copies of the DVDs at the Guildhall and the Visit Leicester tourism office in Gallowtree Gate. There are also plans to stock them at outlets in Leicester Cathedral and Leicester University.

King Richard was killed in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth, and his body brought back to Leicester for burial at the Greyfriar's Church. The exact location of features of the church, and the king's grave itself, were unearthed in 2012 in the Search For Richard III project.

Leicester Assistant City Mayor for heritage, sport and leisure, Piara Singh Clair said: "Richard III's story has proved to be very popular, with over 60,000 people visiting the Guildhall exhibition over the last three months.

"These two fascinating documentaries share the story of that discovery, and show how the painstaking work of the scientists involved was able to shed light on the king's death and burial."

The Search for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council, and in association with the Richard III Society.

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