History

America Before Columbus
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America Before Columbus

When most people think of pre-Columbian America, they picture an idyllic wilderness peppered with small native villages and settlements. America Before Columbus tells the story of what Columbus really discovered when he lande...
Ancients Behaving Badly
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Ancients Behaving Badly

Ancients Behaving Badly is an eight-part series that recounts the antics of rulers throughout history. Each episode looks at the actions of one ruler, educating the audience about the person through consultations with histori...
Building the Great Cathedrals
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Building the Great Cathedrals

The Gothic cathedrals are marvellous human achievements in architecture and artistry. Building the Great Cathedrals investigates how medieval architects could conceive and construct grand religious buildings such as the Beauv...
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 3D documentary by Werner Herzog covering a remote cave in France called the Chauvet Cave. This cave is home to many ancient human-painted images, tens of thousands of years old. The cave is fierc...
Genghis Khan
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Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was one of the most powerful leaders of the Middle Ages. He ruled over the Mongols ruthlessly, building up one of the largest-known empires single-handedly. He was known as being all-powerful and brutal, in the s...
Hiroshima
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a BBC docudrama analysing and depicting the devastating impact of the world’s first nuclear attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the United States military in 1945. Narrated by John Hurt, it includes re-en...
In Search of History: The Aztec Empire
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In Search of History: The Aztec Empire

In Search of History: The Aztec Empire presents a comprehensive profile of the ancient American people known as the Aztecs, from their beginnings as a group of 1,000 people to their ascension as the dominant culture of Mexico...
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
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Mankind: The Story of All of Us

Mankind: The Story of All of Us tells how humans have evolved and survived over thousands of years. While climate has played a role in determining where people set up civilisations, people have developed tools and technology...
Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East
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Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East

Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East is a seventeen-part series that recounts Russia’s epic military role in the Eastern Front of the Second World War. It begins with the German invasion of the USSR in June of 1941, known as O...
Stealing a Nation
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Stealing a Nation

Stealing a Nation recounts the expulsion of the indigenous population of the Chagos Islands in the 1960s and 70s by the British government. Whitehall cleared the way for the US military to build an airbase in Diego Garcia, th...
The Birth of Israel
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The Birth of Israel

The Birth of Israel recounts the events that led up to the 1949 Israeli war of independence resulting in the creation of the Jewish state. It features interviews with those who personally experienced the war as soldiers and c...
The British Empire in Colour
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The British Empire in Colour

The British Empire in Colour is a three-part series that chronicles the rise, fall and legacy of the British Empire. As its title implies, this retrospective tells much of its story through coloured film recordings, coupled w...