Historical Figures: Julius Caesar

A historical icon, his name known worldwide. Swat up on your Caesar facts here.

Historical Figures: Caligula

What is the truth behind the Roman Emperor Caligula?

George V - Mercy or Murder?

King George V of England - murder victim?

How did Mussolini really die?

The killing of the Fascist dictator has fuelled bizarre conspiracy theories.


One man from so-called Golden Age of Piracy has transcended history and become legend...

Sweeney Todd

Was there really a man called Sweeney Todd with a Barber Shop on London's Fleet Street?

George Armstrong Custer

Custer was the hero of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Mata Hari

A seductive double agent who betrayed the Allies, or just a single woman trying to get by?

Ivan The Terrible

Ivan IV, or Ivan the Terrible, was one of the most feared rulers in history.

Genghis Khan

NoneThe name Genghis Khan struck fear into the hearts of his enemies.


Rasputin became one of the most infamous figures of Imperial Russia's final years.

Historical Figures: Joan of Arc

The French girl who became a warrior and a saint during the 100 years war.

Charles Lindbergh Profile

Charles Lindbergh was one of the first Americans to feel the effects of mass media fame.

5 Strangest Dictators Of Modern Times

Meet the five dictators who were as peculiar as they were powerful…

Dr Christaan Barnard Profile

Dr Christiaan Barnard was just as famous as any of these but his job was rather different.

Fidel Castro Profile

Fidel Castro Ruz grew up to become one of the world's most recognisable faces.

Tony Blackburn Profile

Tony Blackburn is one of Britain's best-known DJs.

Sonny Liston Profile

Charles 'Sonny' Liston become one of the best fighters of his time.

The Napoleonic War Leaders You’ve Never Heard Of

From the Dandy King to Black Bob.

Last Days of Anne Boleyn

In 1536 Anne Boleyn became the first British Queen to be executed.

Historical Figures: George Best

George Best wasn't just one of the greatest footballers, he was also a superstar.

Historical Figures: Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra is best known for his sparkling blue eyes and smooth as velvet voice.

Historical Figures: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's work led him to the forefront of the Pop Art Movement.

Historical Figures: Richard Nixon

Best known for being the only US president to have been impeached.

The Man Who Invented the Aeroplane

Sir George Cayley was the first true pioneer of flight.

Historical Figures: Muhammed Ali

Muhammed Ali is known as one of the greatest boxers to have ever lived.

Historical Figures: Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was one of America's most important sportsmen of the 20th century.

Historical Figures: Alphonse Capone

America gangster Al Capone was the biggest bootlegger during the prohibition era.

Historical Figures: Bonnie & Clyde

Two of the most famous outlaws to ever exist and the most famous outlaw couple ever.

Did Hitler Survive World War Two?

Did the Fuhrer flee Germany to enjoy a long, peaceful retirement in South America?

Henry VIII: Mighty Monarch Or Misogynistic Monster?

Can Henry VIII's reputation ever be truly resolved?

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the key figures in European history.

Skippy: Australia's First Superstar

Australia's First Superstar is a documentary about Australia's most cherished kangaroo.

What Happened During Shakespeare's Lost Years?

The Bard’s life is full of mysteries...

7 Things You Should Know About Shakespeare

He gave us immortal characters.

Lord Nelson's Emma Hamilton

Lord Nelson's Lady Hamilton was one of the world's first true celebrities.

Henry VIII and His Six Wives

Henry VIII was on a quest for a son, but in the process he managed to notch up six wives.

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I stayed single declaring she was wedded to the nation.

Who Was Saint George?

Patron saint of England, St. George wasn't English and didn't slay dragons. Who was he?

Edward VIII's Murderous Mistress

This unimaginable story tells the tell of Edward VIII's love affair.

10 Famous Captains

Some of our favourite captains who steered their vessels into legend.

Did King Charles I Deserve To Be Executed?

Would you have voted for or against his execution?

Did Jack The Ripper Actually Exist?

Was the infamous killer a real person, or just a part of Victorian England’s imagination?

5 Brutal British Murderers You’ve Never Heard Of

From the Blackout Killer to the Camden Ripper.

The Sixties

The Sixties is a new 10-part series charting a decade of massive change and upheaval.

Was Chamberlain Right To Appease Hitler?

Did British PM Neville Chamberlain do the right thing when he negotiated with Hitler?

Stalin's Role in the Second World War

Investigating the profound effect USSR dictator Josef Stalin had on WWII.

What Would the Mona Lisa, Rembrandt, Raphael and The Blue Boy Looked Like as Photos?

We see what they would have looked in real life for the very first time...

Guy Fawkes: Terrorist Or Freedom Fighter?

How SHOULD we regard Guy Fawkes?

Nelson's Caribbean Hell-hole

Admiral Nelson may have been one of Britain's greatest maritime military figures.

Was JFK A Good Or Bad President?

Was John F. Kennedy more of a hazard than a hero?

Margaret Thatcher: Great Prime Minister?

Are millions wrong to loathe her?

Samurai Head Hunters

For over a thousand years, Samurai have been celebrated as an aristocratic warrior class.

George Stephenson

Many sons spend time with their dads building cardboard forts or model planes.

Henry VII: Winter King

Author Thomas Penn unravels the mysteries behind the life and death of Henry VII.

Historical Figures: Boudicca

Boudicca of the Iceni was a true warrior queen.

Historical Figures: Robin Hood

What do we know about him? Did he even exist?

Historical Figures: Guy Fawkes

Remember, remember the fifth of November! But why exactly? Find out more about Guy Fawkes.

Historical Figures: William Wallace

Immortalised in the film Braveheart, but what is the truth behind the Scottish hero?

Historical Figures: Marilyn Monroe

A true Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 aged just 36.

Historical Figures: Oliver Cromwell

We've all read his name in the history books - but what exactly did Oliver Cromwell do?

Historical Figures: Winston Churchill

Voted the greatest Briton in a BBC poll, Churchill was a force to be reckoned with.

Historical Figures: Margaret Thatcher

Love her or loathe her, there's no denying that she changed British politics forever.

Historical Figures: The Beatles

They were the greatest band the world had ever seen and the first boy band!

Historical Figures: John F Kennedy

Young, glamorous and sexy, the US welcomed John F Kennedy as a breath of fresh air.

First World War Commanders

Paul von Hindenburg, Sir Douglas Haig and Sir John Jellicoe.

Historical Figures: Bobby Moore

1966 Football World Cup captain, Bobby Moore was one of Britain's media darlings.

Historical Figures: Martin Luther King

We profile the dignified leader of the civil rights movement.

Alexander's Lost World

David Adams explores the 1500-mile course of the River Oxus through Afghanistan and Asia.