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  • Ancient Britain with Ray Mears: Flint and Footprints

    Britain is an island where history is well and truly part of the landscape and an island where human feet have walked for a million years. We are constantly making groundbreaking archaeological discoveries that are helping us to better understand the way in which our distant ancestors lived.

    Joi...

  • Battle for the Mediterranean: Clash Of Civilisations

    Julian Davidson returns to Istanbul to explore the decline and legacy of the great Ottoman Empire. In the third and final episode of this series, he covers the devastating impact of the Holy League's victory at the Battle of Lepanto in the Gulf of Patras and the Ottoman Empire's slow diminution t...

  • 1979: Women of the Iranian Revolution

    The Iranian Revolution of 1979, also known as the Islamic Revolution, was a series of events that culminated in the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the replacement of his government with an Islamic republic under the rule of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

    The...

  • Battle for the Mediterranean: Master of The Mediterranean

    Julian Davidson travels across the mediterranean and chronicles the ascendance of Suleiman the Magnificent, the greatest Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. In the second episode of this series he explores the great sieges and naval battles that occurred in the mediterranean in 16th Century, as two civ...

  • Ireland: War and Revolution

    Between 1919 and 1921, Ireland played host to a long and bloody guerrilla conflict between British state forces and Irish republican guerrillas, in the form of Irish Volunteers or the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The conflict would completely transform the political landscape in Ireland.

    In this...

  • Battle for the Mediterranean: Empire Builders

    Julian Davidson highlights how the Ottomans became the dominant force in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 15th and 16th centuries. In this first episode he tells the story of the Fall of Constantinople and the Ottoman conquest of Rhodes.

  • Boudica: Death to Rome

    In 60/61 AD turmoil seized southern Britain. A massive anti-Roman revolt reared its ugly head in East Anglia, as tens of thousands of Britons attempted to evict the recently-arrived Romans from the island by the spear. At its head was one of the most famous figures in the whole of British history...

  • Spitfire: Birth of a Legend

    Documentary telling the story of Britain's most famous fighter aircraft from its earliest radical design on the drawing board to its eventual status as the symbol of Britain's determination to fight to victory in World War Two.

  • In Search of the Great Viking Army

    In 865 AD, England was invaded by the Great Heathen Army. The Great Viking Army, as it was also known, was made up of a coalition of Scandinavian warriors mainly from Denmark and, legend has it, four of the five sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, including Halfdan Ragnarsson, Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Irone...

  • Fortress Britain: Red Sands Forts

    During the Second World War, the City of London was a major target for both naval and aerial bombardment. In 1943, numerous towers were built in the Thames Estuary as anti-aircraft defences to protect the capital. Known as the Red Sands Forts, these Star Wars Walker-like constructions were initia...

  • An Indigenous History of Australia

    To date, there are over 500 different aboriginal 'nations' in Australia, all with distinctive cultures, beliefs, languages and unique histories. Since the arrival of Captain James Cook and the subsequent colonisation of the continent, many of these indigenous populations were, and continue to be ...

  • The Silent Fight: Poland's Underground Resistance

    After the country's occupation in 1939, the people of Poland were brutally oppressed by the Nazi SS and Geheime Staatspolizei. Yet, they never gave up the fight. Throughout the Second World War, a Polish Underground State was established - the largest underground resistance movement in all of occ...

  • Alexander the Great: The Greatest Heist in History

    It remains one of the most successful and significant thefts in history. In late 321 BC, a carefully-constructed plot was put into operation that would spark years of bloody conflict between rival warlords. The target of the operation was Alexander the Great’s elaborate funeral carriage (designed...

  • Going Medieval: Those Who Play

    In the medieval feudal system, the nobility were generally those who held a fief, often land or office under vassalage in exchange for military allegiance to their sovereign. Living alongside serfs, it was their duty to ensure that the peasants, craftsmen and clergymen were defended so that they ...

  • D-Day: Secrets of the Solent

    On 6 June 1944, Allied forces undertook the largest air, land and sea invasion in history. On D-Day, more than 150,000 allied troops stormed five assault beaches in Normandy, attempting to break through Hitler's Atlantic Wall. ⁠

    Whilst the remnants of the D-Day landings can be seen all around No...