Episode guide

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Series 1

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  • The Lost Treasures of the Templars

    The Knights Templar supposedly looted treasure from Jerusalem during the Middle Ages. But where did they hide it? Jamie Theakston aims to find out.

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  • The Secrets of Fatima

    The Three Secrets of Fatima were a series of prophecies allegedly given by the Virgin Mary. But have the Vatican withheld details? Jamie Theakston investigates.

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  • The Bloodline of Christ

    Jamie Theakston looks into the contentious theory, popularised by the Da Vinci Code, that Jesus was married with children and his bloodline lives on today.

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  • The Mystery of the Giants

    Did giants once inhabit the Earth? Find out as Jamie Theakston investigates reports of enormous skeletons being found in a network of caves in Sardinia.

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  • The Treasure of Solomon

    Jamie Theakston travels to Jerusalem on the hunt for the site of the fabled Solomon's Temple, where treasure is said to remain. Join his optimistic quest.

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  • The Secrets of the Alchemists

    The magic and mystery of alchemy is revealed as Jamie Theakston meets a 'potion maker' and hears about London's alchemic roots from author Joy Hancox.

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Series 2

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  • The Lost Secrets of Petra

    Petra was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom - do riches lie undetected in its hidden tombs? Find out as Jamie Theakston decodes this historical riddle.

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  • The Holy Grail

    Can Jamie Theakston solve history's most enduring mystery? Visiting Glastonbury, Wales, Valencia and NYC, he inspects four goblets that could be the Holy Grail itself.

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  • The Illuminati

    Jamie Theakston sheds light on the ultra-secretive Rosicrucian Order, whose members included Leonardo Da Vinci and Isaac Newton. Are they the real-life 'illuminati'?

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  • The Oracles

    Jamie Theakston journeys to Greece and Italy to hear the truth about oracles. These mysterious figures - such as the one at Delphi - reputedly spoke the word of the gods.

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  • Top Secret Nazi UFOs

    Jamie Theakston investigates the curious claim that the Nazis started to build flying saucers during WWII. Hear the startling truth behind a historical legend.

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  • The Genius of Nikola Tesla

    Jamie Theakston brings to light the life and work of enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla. Conspiracy theorists believe that the Serb was hushed up - but why?

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Series 3

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  • The Real Ark of the Covenant

    An Ethiopian church claims to be housing the Ark of the Covenant. But is their assertion to be believed? Join Jamie Theakston as he ascertains the truth.

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  • Hitler: Suicide or Survivor?

    April 30, 1945. Adolf Hitler kills himself as the Allies close on Berlin. Or did he? Jamie Theakston posits the shocking theory that the Fuhrer escaped.

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  • The Man in the Iron Mask

    The identity of the Man in the Iron Mask, a nameless prisoner held during the rule of Louis XIV, is an enduring mystery. Jamie Theakston unravels the enigma.

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  • Bloodlust: Real Vampires

    How much of the vampire legend is based in reality? Learn the truth as Jamie Theakston visits Romania to hear the tales of Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad Dracul.

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  • Inside the Cult of Satan

    Jamie Theakston ventures beyond the world of orthodox religion as he probes the Church of Satan. Learn more about their philosophy as Jamie goes underground.

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  • In Search of the Real King Arthur

    Knights, castles and round tables are all part of the enduring King Arthur legend. Is there any truth to it? Hear the various claims to his origins.

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Series 4

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  • The Secrets of the Murder Bureau

    Jamie Theakston exposes a secret unit who murdered Bulgarian dissidents. One victim, Georgi Markov, was famously killed with a ricin-tipped umbrella.

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  • The Curse of Hitler's Executioner

    Johann Reichhart was a German state executioner who killed around 3,000 people during WWII. Jamie Theakston uncovers more about this ruthless Nazi.

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  • The Secrets of the Vatican Archives

    The Vatican Secret Archives is a treasure trove of history that is shrouded in secrecy. Jamie Theakston heads to Rome in a bid to gain access.

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  • The Dark Truths of the Templars

    Hear about the Templars in a very different light. Jamie Theakston disputes the orthodox beliefs about the Catholic order that angered much of Europe.

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  • The Real Mary Magdalene

    Mary Magdalene is a key figure in Christianity, having witnessed Jesus' death and resurrection. But was she really a prostitute? Jamie Theakston reveals all.

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  • The Death of Mussolini

    Mystery still surrounds how fascist dictator Benito Mussolini met his end, before being hanged in Milan's Piazzale Loreto. Jamie Theakston seeks out answers.

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