Episode 1 Secrets – It was truly a “forbidden” city. For centuries access was denied to all but the emperor, his family and his most senior officials and servants. A swift and painful execution faced anyone who trespassed on its sacred precincts. With unprecedented access our cameras enter the heart of the palace to provide stunning images of its magnificent buildings and reveal the secrets of those who lived there.
Episode 2 Survival – Focuses on the time of the last Emperor Pu Yi and the restoration of the Forbidden City during the 20th century. Includes interviews with the brother of the last Empress Pu Yi’s wife. In 1912 Pu Yi lost his throne and was thrown out of the Forbidden City and severed the last imperial connection with it. With the emperor gone, there was no guarantee the Forbidden City would survive. The new republican government started with an inventory of the Forbidden City. Precautions were taken to avoid theft. The auditors found the City filled with 100s of thousands of works of art. As the 600th anniversary of its construction approaches an ambitious restoration project is attempting to turn back the clock and return the palace to its former glory. The renovation has solved some old mysteries and uncovered some new ones.