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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.

  • The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls

    Did the ancients possess the knowledge and ability to create, and cut seemingly complex crystal skulls or do they have extra-terrestrial origins?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Uncovering the Historical Jesus

    Return of the history series. Jamie Theakston travels to Jerusalem to research and attempt to uncover the real story of Jesus Christ.

  • The Secrets of the Pyramids

    New. The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt is a wonder of the World. But when was it built, for what purpose and by who?

  • The Secrets of the Pyramids

    New. The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt is a wonder of the World. But when was it built, for what purpose and by who?

  • The Stasi: Behind The Berlin Wall

    Jamie Theakston looks behind the hidden remnants of this notorious symbol of division to tell the story of East Germany's State Security Service.

  • Hunt for Nazi Treasure

    Jamie Theakston finds out what Hitler planned to do with his stolen art and discovers that he wanted an unusual item - a spear that pierced Jesus.

  • The Real James Bond

    Jamie Theakston uncovers the world of James Bond. What real life details - if any - did Bond author Ian Fleming inject into his famous character?

  • Dead Sea Scrolls

    Jamie Theakston visits Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea to uncover the truth about a set of manuscripts found there. Who wrote them, and why did they hide them?

  • Secret Societies: World Domination

    Jamie Theakston investigates clandestine groups to see if they really are setting the agenda - or is it all just fake news?

  • Secret Societies: World Domination

    Jamie Theakston investigates clandestine groups to see if they really are setting the agenda - or is it all just fake news?

  • The Nazi Belief in the Occult

    New. It was believed that part of the Nazi party was involved and influenced in all manner of occult beliefs from their uniforms to their huge rallies.

  • The Nazi Belief in the Occult

    New. It was believed that part of the Nazi party was involved and influenced in all manner of occult beliefs from their uniforms to their huge rallies.

  • The Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

    New. Cutting-edge investigations at the Bermuda Triangle might confirm the newest theories of what really goes on in this deadly stretch of water.

Episode guide

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Series 1

Forbidden History

  • 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

Forbidden History

  • 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

Forbidden History

  • 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? Hear the truth as Jamie Theakston visits Romania to hear the tales of Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad Dracula.

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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

Forbidden History

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Forbidden History

Series 5

Forbidden History

  • Uncovering the Historical Jesus

    Return of the history series. Jamie Theakston travels to Jerusalem to research and attempt to uncover the real story of Jesus Christ.

  • The Stasi: Behind The Berlin Wall

    Jamie Theakston looks behind the hidden remnants of this notorious symbol of division to tell the story of East Germany's State Security Service.

  • Hunt for Nazi Treasure

    Jamie Theakston finds out what Hitler planned to do with his stolen art and discovers that he wanted an unusual item - a spear that pierced Jesus.

  • Secret Societies: World Domination

    Jamie Theakston investigates clandestine groups to see if they really are setting the agenda - or is it all just fake news?

  • The Real James Bond

    Jamie Theakston uncovers the world of James Bond. What real life details - if any - did Bond author Ian Fleming inject into his famous character?

  • Dead Sea Scrolls

    Jamie Theakston visits Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea to uncover the truth about a set of manuscripts found there. Who wrote them, and why did they hide them?

Forbidden History

Series 6

Forbidden History

  • The Mystery of the Lost Japanese Treasure

    Austrian historian Klaus Dona feels he's close to finding treasure buried under the Philippines by retreating Japanese forces at the end of WWII.

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  • The Shroud of Turin

    Scientists battle to try to prove if the Turin Shroud is genuinely the burial cloth used to wrap Jesus' dead body, or if it's a fake.

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  • The Nazi Hunt for Holy Relics

    How the Nazis not only plundered artwork but also searched for religious items.

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  • The Search for Noah's Ark

    Near Mount Ararat in Turkey is what scientists believe is a boat-shaped rock formation, but a research team hopes to prove it's the remains of Noah's Ark.

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  • The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls

    Did the ancients possess the knowledge and ability to create, and cut seemingly complex crystal skulls or do they have extra-terrestrial origins?

  • The Secrets of the Pyramids

    New. The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt is a wonder of the World. But when was it built, for what purpose and by who?

  • The Nazi Belief in the Occult

    New. It was believed that part of the Nazi party was involved and influenced in all manner of occult beliefs from their uniforms to their huge rallies.

  • The Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

    New. Cutting-edge investigations at the Bermuda Triangle might confirm the newest theories of what really goes on in this deadly stretch of water.

  • The Secret World of the Vatican

    New. The Vatican is home to classified files that could reveal top-secret ties to the Nazis, the Mafia, and extraterrestrials.

  • The Salem Witch Trials

    New. Special access to Salem's most mysterious sites reveals the secret history of the mass hysteria and lurid trials that led to the executions of 20 innocent people.

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  • The Search for the Real Moses

    New. Special access to cutting-edge archaeological investigations in the Holy Land unearth fresh evidence that reveals new secrets about the life of Moses.

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