Could You Survive?

Could You Survive?

3 Seasons

History Hit presenters Alice Loxton, Luke Tomes and Louee Dessent take on the most daring, dirty and dangerous jobs in history to see if they have what it takes to survive. From marching across Hadrian's Wall in Roman Infantry Armour to flying in a Spitfire and going under the knife during Victorian surgery, they are all put through their paces...

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  • Could You Survive As A Roman Soldier On Hadrian’s Wall?

    Episode 1

    Could you survive as a Roman soldier on Hadrian's Wall?

    Join Luke Tomes and Louee Dessent as they discover what life was like for Roman legionaries and auxiliary troops on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Joined by top Roman historian Dr Simon Elliott, the team march along a section o...

  • Could You Survive as a Saxon Warrior During the Dark Ages?

    Episode 2

    In this video, History Hit duo Louee Dessent and Luke Tomes join the Swords of Penda re-enactment group - volunteers who bring the 7th century to life through painstaking research and experimental archaeology - to test their early medieval mettle. Louee fills the shoes of a Saxon Thane - a lord w...

  • Could You Survive as a Medieval Knight?

    Episode 3

    What was it like to be a knight in the middle ages? What were your roles and responsibilities? How dangerous were medieval tournaments?

    History Hit's Luke Tomes and Louee Dessent are back at the medieval tiltyard outside the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the medieval tournament challenge. ...

  • Could You Survive a Napoleonic Invasion in a Victorian Coastal Fort?

    Episode 4

    Imagine, it’s the mid-1800s. Since the end of the Napoleonic Wars, peace between Britain and France had been secured for close to half a century. And yet, for the English, the threat of an imminent invasion across the channel never seemed too far-fetched.

    That’s why thousands of ‘navvies’ and l...

  • Could You Survive the Duke of Wellingtons Army?

    Episode 5

    During the Napoleonic Wars the British Army experienced a time of rapid change. At the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793, the army was a small, awkwardly administered force of barely 40,000 men. By the end of the period, the numbers had vastly increased to over a quarter of a mil...

  • Could You Survive as a Spitfire Pilot in World War Two?

    Episode 6

    Arguably the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, the Spitfire, also called Supermarine Spitfire, was the most widely produced and strategically important British single-seat fighter of World War Two. Over 22,000 Supermarine Spitfires were built during the course of the Second World W...