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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics StoryCatching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story
BBC Four, 2015 | Crime, History, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

This show offers a fascinating insight into the secret history of catching murderers as it looks at two centuries of breakthroughs that have changed the course of justice. Gabriel Weston looks at some of the most absorbing, and often gruesome, stories in the forensic casebook.


American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyAmerican History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley reveals the myths and manipulations behind American history.


Asylum (2015)Asylum (2015)

A comedy featuring a government whistleblower and an internet entrepreneur who become trapped together in a London embassy.


Royal History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyRoyal History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

Documentary series in which Lucy Worsley dispels the myths behind some of the key moments in British royal history.


Genius of the Ancient WorldGenius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy - Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.


British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy WorsleyBritish History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2017 | History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Lucy Worsley explores how the history of three of Britain's founding national events are in fact carefully crafted mythologies. The Wars of the Roses, the Glorious Revolution and the creation of the British Raj are all revealed as carefully-constructed narratives created by the victors at the time and embellished by historians, novelists and film-makers ever since.Throughout the series, Lucy travels across Britain, the Netherlands and India to the palaces, battlefields and bed chambers where these stories were created and reinvented over the years. She also meets up with experts who shed further light on how these legends and mythologies have been woven together to create A Very British History.


The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime StoryThe Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story

In this investigative three-part series for BBC Four, filmmaker Gillian Pachter re-examines the Ruth Ellis case. In July 1955, Ruth was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Her crime: the cold-blooded murder of her lover David Blakely. It is a case that shocked the nation and still fascinates today. It has its place in ushering in the defence of diminished responsibility and the eventual abolishment of capital punishment. We all think we know the story, but why, when it was seemingly such an open-and-shut case, does it still divide opinion on whether Ruth Ellis got the justice she deserved? Gillian wants to find out.


Being BeethovenBeing Beethoven

Marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 1770, a documentary series that focuses on the real, complex and often difficult man behind the great composer.


A Very British Murder with Lucy WorsleyA Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley
BBC Four, 2013 | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Dr Lucy Worsley chronicles the birth of the whodunit in a new three-part series, A Very British Murder. Exploring how a spate of grisly killings in Regency London entered the national psyche, she'll show how the murder tale gradually became a staple of Victorian entertainment and helped to inspire the works of authors such as Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.


54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis

Acclaimed two-part series based on the true story of an unprecedented hostage crisis which shocked Germany in the summer of 1988. Two robbers hold up a bank and demand free passage from the police while taking bank employees hostage.