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  • The Spying Game

    1 season

    During the Cold War, the superpowers mobilized thousands of spies and spotters to lift the enemy’s secrets. The three-part program The Spying Game takes a close look at this era of rising tensions between East and West.

    Part 1 examines Germany’s role as battleground for countless spies — all act...

  • KGB: The Sword and the Shield

    1 season

    The KGB has influenced world events on numerous occasions before. Assassinations, coup d’états, theft of nuclear secrets and sexpionage are just standard trademarks for an organisation that still sends shivers down the spines of politicians and military figures the world over. It may have changed...

  • Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built Britain

    1 season

    With their trade-mark enthusiasm and facial hair, Si King and Dave Myers are back to reveal the history behind the pubs of Britain.

    British pubs have played host to crusaders and pirates, pop stars and trades unionists across the centuries and will now host two more infamous fellows – The Hairy ...

  • Grand Tours of Scotland

    1 season

    Paul Murton follows in the footsteps of the first tourists to Scotland. With a Victorian guidebook in his hands, Paul travels across the country tracing the changes that have taken place since the birth of Scottish tourism 200 years ago.

  • Three Days in June: The Story of the D-Day Forecast

    For a few tense days in June 1944, the success of the greatest military invasion the world had ever seen depended on weather readings taken by Maureen Sweeney at the remote Blacksod weather station on Ireland’s west coast. Maureen’s data threw Eisenhower’s meticulously planned invasion strategy i...

  • Cromwell's Head

    The story of Oliver Cromwell’s head is perhaps the most bizarre, yet least well known, of all tales from English history.

    This documentary tells the full story of this extraordinary artefact. It’s a strange and grisly saga that runs from dark conspiracy, to detective story - touching upon kings,...

  • Waterloo's Warriors

    1 season

    The army that defeated Napoleon at Waterloo is often remembered as an iconic English redcoat force. A little known fact is that most of the men under the Duke of Wellington's command weren't English at all. Using unpublished accounts, the story of the battle is told from the perspective of those ...

  • Etoa: A Kokoda Track Story

    Seventy-five years after the horrors of the Pacific War, the forgotten perspectives of the local people emerge as a crew of archaeologists arrive in remote Papua New Guinea in search of the remains of lost soldiers.

    The legacy of the Kokoda campaign contributes an enormous amount to the DNA of c...

  • Britain's Outlaws

    1 season

    Historian and presenter Dr. Sam Willis explores the world of the British Outlaw - the original anti-heroes in an age of swashbuckle, daring and style.
    Few figures in history captured the popular imagination as much as the rogues of yesteryear. The audacious highwayman, the swashbuckling pirate an...

  • Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant

    This documentary takes a rare look at Emmeline Pankhurst’s personal story.
    Emmeline Pankhurst led an army of women onto the streets of Britain – the likes of which has never been seen before or since. Fearsome, fearless and ready to fight to the death for her political beliefs she is remembered a...

  • Galahad: The Untold Story

    On the 8th June 1982, at the height of the Falklands War, 53 men lost their lives in the Argentine air attacks on the British ships, Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram.

    32 of those men were Welsh Guards - some of them no more than boys.

    A further 160 Welsh Guards were injured, many suffering severe b...

  • Elizabeth and Margaret: Love and Loyalty

    1 season

    No one can fault the Queen’s commitment to duty. Her sister Margaret, however, is seen as the royal rebel, whose partying lifestyle caused embarrassment and scandal.

    But this couldn’t be further from the truth. For the first time, Elizabeth & Margaret: Love and Loyalty reveals how Margaret sacri...