Popular Shows

Abandoned Engineering
Abandoned Engineering

The world is peppered with examples of remarkable structures that are now cast aside.

Impossible Railways
Impossible Railways

See some of the world's most extraordinary engineering achievements of the railways.

Forbidden History
Forbidden History

Jamie Theakston uncovers the truth behind myths conspiracy theories and ancient treasures.

Impossible Engineering
Impossible Engineering

Illuminating series about breathtaking feats of construction.

Private Lives of the Monarchs
Private Lives of the Monarchs

Historian Tracy Borman investigates the hidden histories of our monarchs.

Open All Hours
Open All Hours

Ronnie Barker is the miserly proprietor of the famous corner shop.

David Starkey's Monarchy
David Starkey's Monarchy

Monarchy is more than the biographies of the kings and queens of England.

Porridge
Porridge

Great British comedy, featuring the antics of Ronnie Barker as Fletcher.

6 Things You Need To Know About Apollo 11
6 Things You Need To Know About Apollo 11

To celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing on 21st July, here’s our guide.

How did Mussolini really die?
How did Mussolini really die?

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

We Don’t Know Our Hogwarts From Our Windsor Castle
A Towering Castle Confusion

We don’t know our Hogwarts from our Windsor Castle.

Episode 2: The Riddle of the Romanovs
Ep2: The Riddle of the Romanovs

Four beautiful Romanov girls…..what was the fate of Anastasia?

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 1
Series 1: Who Do You Think You Are?

Jeremy Clarkson and Meera Syal are amongst the celebrities who feature.

Episode 3: Prince George: Tragedy or Treason?
Ep3: Prince George: Tragedy or Treason?

A troubled man and an embarrassment to the Royal family... but was he a murder victim?

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 2
Series 2: Who Do You Think You Are?

Sheila Hancock, Stephen Fry and Jeremy Paxman have their turn.

Episode 4: King Ludwig II – The Mad King of Bavaria
Ep4: King Ludwig II – The Mad King of Bavaria

Found floating in a lake ….the unfortunate ‘mad’ King Ludwig.

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 3
Series 3: Who Do You Think You Are?

In this series, Julia Sawalha uncovers a few surprises about her family.

Albert Victor - the Prince and the Ripper
Albert Victor - the Prince and the Ripper

Was Prince Albert Victor linked to the Ripper?

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 4
Series 4: Who Do You Think You Are?

Series 4 of Who Do You Think You Are? sees 7 well known figures go back to their roots.

George V - Mercy or Murder?
George V - Mercy or Murder?

King George V of England - murder victim?

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 5
Series 5: Who Do You Think You Are?

Patsy kensit, Boris Johnson and David Suchet take the emotional journey into their past.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Kray Twins
5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Kray Twins

Did you know there was a third Kray brother? Or what they got up to in prison?

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 6
Series 6: Who Do You Think You Are?

Rick Stein, Rory Bremner, Kevin Whatley and Zoe Wanamaker find out about theiR past.

About Ronnie Kray and the Pervert Peer
About Ronnie Kray and the Pervert Peer

Ronnie and Reggie ruled their territory with an iron fist, but also courted celebrity..

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 7
Series 7: Who Do You Think You Are?

Featuring Bruce Forsyth, Rupert Everett, Derva Kerwen and Alan Cumming among others

About Fight Club: A History of Violence
About Fight Club: A History of Violence

Sean Bean looks at the popularity of close combat contests and the effect on mind and body

About Raiders of the Lost Past
About Raiders of the Lost Past

The series that looks back on the brave explorers who hunted for history's lost treasures.

About World's Weirdest Weapons
About World's Weirdest Weapons

From the aerocycle to a mock-up of a magic carpet, don't miss the World's Weirdest Weapons

About Mike Hawthorn: On The Limit
About Mike Hawthorn: On The Limit

Success embraced Michael Hawthorn but tragedy also plagued the British racing prodigy.

About: The Secret Life Of...
About The Secret Life Of...

Get all the juicy gossip on history's biggest stars, from Henry VIII to Marie Antoinette

What Happened At Le Mans 1955?
What Happened At Le Mans 1955?

It should have been one of the greatest races of all time. Instead, it became a bloodbath.

About Time Team
About Time Team

Tony Robinson and his team of experts journey around the country's archaeological digs

About Professor Hutton's Curiosities
About Professor Hutton's Curiosities

See the hidden curiosities and unsung gems tucked away inside Britain's unknown museums

6 Incredible Engineering Marvels
6 Incredible Engineering Marvels

From a radio telescope that might just find aliens, to a truly terrifying rollercoaster.

About Coast
About Coast

Neil Oliver and the team go on an ambitious journey to discover all of the UK's coastline

Shipwrecks
Shipwrecks

The building of ships has been essential to our development as a species.

About John Surtees: One of a Kind
About John Surtees: One of a Kind

The story of John Surtees is the story of a unique motorsport legend...

Nicolas Crane Interview
Nicolas Crane Interview

Find out more about Coast's map man! Give him a compass and he'll go there.

Blackbeard
Blackbeard

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

About Jackie Stewart: The Flying Scot
About Jackie Stewart: The Flying Scot

Not only a great driver, Jackie is one of the greatest figures of motor racing.

About Antiques Roadshow
About Antiques Roadshow

Join Michael Aspel and his team of experts in scrutinising the public's antiques

Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd

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

The 5 Worst Motor Racing Crashes
The 5 Worst Motor Racing Crashes

Racing drivers dice with death every day and sometimes the worst really does happen.

Michael Aspel Profile
Michael Aspel Profile

Find out more about the suave housewife's choice of the 80s...

George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer

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

10 best Monty Python sketches
10 best Monty Python sketches

The definitive list of the best Python sketches. Yes it is. (No it isn't.) Yes it is.

How to Spot a Fake
How to Spot a Fake

Before you go getting a bargain read our foolproof guide to avoiding the crooks.

Mata Hari
Mata Hari

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

10 best Monty Python quotes
10 best Monty Python quotes

From parrot ruminations to a lumberjack's confession, our pick of Python's 10 best quotes.

About Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire
About Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire

Michael Sheen features in this series of drama-documentary reconstructions of Ancient Rome

Ivan The Terrible
Ivan The Terrible

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

10 comedies that wouldn't exist without Monty Python
10 comedies that wouldn't exist without Monty Python

The Pythons influenced just about every funny thing after them. Especially these.

About Black Ops Series 1
About Black Ops Series 1

Travel the world with the Black Ops team as they reconstruct infamous special ops missions

Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan

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

5 Reasons John Surtees Was Amazing
5 Reasons John Surtees Was Amazing

More than just another F1 great, John Surtees stood apart even from his fellow champions.

Rasputin
Rasputin

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

How Journalism Was Banned In WW1
How Journalism Was Banned In WW1

British reporters risked their lives to cover the Great War

About Perfect Storms
About Perfect Storms

This exclusive series investigates the most significant disasters of all time

About The Great War in Numbers
About The Great War in Numbers

World War I was a war unlike any other before it, with a number of firsts along the way.

About Treasure Detectives
About Treasure Detectives

Curtis Dowling and his team of investigators verify the authenticity of collectibles

The 20th Century
The 20th Century

Our perception of the period 1900-1950 is dominated by two devastating world wars.

5 WWI Veterans Who Would Change The World
5 WWI Veterans Who Would Change The World

They survived the war and would go onto re-shape politics, pop culture and literature.

About Museum Secrets: Series 1
About Museum Secrets: Series 1

Be surprised by the secrets hiding behind some of the most famous museums in the world

The Cold War
The Cold War

We explore the 50 years of globally divisive conflict between the US and the Soviet Union.

What Happened to the Vanished Regiment of WW1?
What Happened to the Vanished Regiment of WW1?

Well over a century later, the story of the Sandringham Company still beguiles experts.

About Museum Secrets: Series 2
About Museum Secrets: Series 2

The new and exclusive second series takes viewers inside some venerable institutions

Charles Lindbergh Profile
Charles Lindbergh Profile

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

6 Things You Didn't Know About Prince Philip
6 Things You Didn't Know About Prince Philip

There's far more to Prince Philip than many people realise.

About Museum Secrets: Series 3
About Museum Secrets: Series 3

Exploring the world's museums to take a closer look some of their remarkable exhibits

Disasters
Disasters

Have inquiries into more recent civil disasters brought about meaningful change?

4 Women Who Were Hanged In Britain
4 Women Who Were Hanged In Britain

Meet four curious cases that made the headlines.

Modern Inventions
Modern Inventions

Can you do without any of the items listed below?

What you need to know about UK War Memorials
What you need to know about UK War Memorials

Find out about these monuments to our heroes that proudly stand amongst us.

British Police History
British Police History

There have always been robbers but we didn't always have cops.

Restoring Our War Memorials
Restoring our memorials

Designed to stand the test of time, our nations memorials are now falling into disrepair.

Curtis and Andy: A Lasting Partnership
Curtis and Andy: A Lasting Partnership

Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, like Lovejoy and Tinker, are a lasting partnership.

Brian Epstein Profile
Brian Epstein Profile

Manager of the biggest band in the world. Took his own life at the height of his career.

Curtis Dowling Interview
Curtis Dowling Interview

We got the opportunity to ask Treasure Detectives frontman Curtis some burning questions.

The 1968 Riots
The 1968 Riots

The 1960s were a turbulent decade and 1968 was a turbulent year.

The Incredible Allied Flying Aces Of WW1
The Incredible Allied Flying Aces Of WW1

The Allies had daredevil pilots in World War One. Here are four you need to know about…

The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War

Find out more about the war that shook America's military self-confidence to the core.

Concorde
Concorde

Concorde cut the normal flight from London to New York, from 6 hours to just over 3!

6 Plans Hitler Had For Britain
6 Plans Hitler Had For Britain

In 1940, the Nazis drew up unusual and downright terrifying invasion plans for Britain.

Baby Boom
Baby Boom

Peace in 1945 brought a sharp rise in births for some years - the so-called Baby Boom.

Queen Victoria's Secret Side
Queen Victoria's Secret Side

Lusty, passionate, prone to violent outbursts and perhaps fond of dabbling in drugs.

Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day
Lest We Forget

Why is it so important to remember? If you don't know, then read on...

David Bailey Profile
David Bailey Profile

During his National Service, Bailey bought his first camera, sparking a fresh career

About Armada - The Untold Story
About Armada - The Untold Story

This three-part series examines the infamous invasion by Spain's fearsome Armada fleet.

Kitchener's Campaign
Kitchener's Campaign

His steely stare and pointing finger urged Brits to sign up, but how effective was it?

Dr Christaan Barnard Profile
Dr Christaan Barnard Profile

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About The Spanish Armada
5 Things You Didn't Know About The Spanish Armada

Here's five fascinating facts about the 1588 naval mission that might have sailed by you.

About Close Quarter Battle
About Close Quarter Battle

US Special Forces veteran Terry Schappert takes us inside close quarter battle scenarios

Fidel Castro Profile
Fidel Castro Profile

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

Why Charles II Was A King Like No Other
Why Charles II Was a King Like No Other

Charles II had perhaps the most thrilling life of any British monarch

Top Ten Coast Spots
Top Ten Coast Spots

We've selected ten beautiful coastal spots that also boast a fascinating past.