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Secrets of Great British CastlesSecrets of Great British Castles
Channel 5, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Historian Dan Jones explores the turbulent history behind six of Britain's most famous castles: Dover, the Tower of London, Warwick, Caernarfon, Stirling and Carrickfergus. Behind the walls of these celebrated strongholds are stories of intrigue, drama, romance, rebellion, and murder. Dan Jones recounts some of the many classic tales from 1000 years of British history, featuring a stellar cast of kings, queens, rogues, rebels, victims and villains.


Genius of the Modern WorldGenius of the Modern World
BBC Four, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary, Biography
Rating: 5/5

Historian Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of three great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world: Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Born in the 19th century, they lived through a time when old certainties were breaking down. Regimes were overthrown by mass uprisings, science was undermining religious authority. Their challenge was to figure out what makes us human in a fast-evolving world.


Eight Days That Made RomeEight Days That Made Rome
Channel 5, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, History, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 4/5

Eight Days That Made Rome is a docu-drama that leaves behind the conventional chronologies of Rome's thousand-year history and brings razor-sharp focus to eight days that created, tested and defined its greatness. Each programme works as a stand-alone, as strong in its own right as part of a series and reveals a Rome relevant to us today, with its noblest and darkest instincts still resonating in the world around us. On-screen presenter Bettany Hughes discovers the significance and resonance of these Eight Days along with us, the viewer, as she explores key sites in Rome's empire and meets expert witnesses on subjects ranging from psychopathy to ancient religion.


The Dictator's PlaybookThe Dictator's Playbook
PBS, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, History, Documentary

The rise and fall of some of history's most ruthless dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam Hussein.


Houdini (ABC)Houdini (ABC)
ABC, 2014 On Hiatus | Drama, Mystery, Biography

It's based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman book The Secret Life of "Houdini", The Making of America's First Superhero. The tale paints Houdini as more than a master illusionist: He was a spy and a true renaissance man across the globe.


ChurchillChurchill
Channel 5, 2021 On Hiatus | Documentary, Biography
Rating: 4/5

Series exploring the life of one of Britain's most iconic Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill.


Elizabeth IElizabeth I
Channel 4, 2005 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Romance, History, Mini-Series
Rating: 1/5

Elizabeth I sheds light on both the personal and public side of England's most enigmatic queen. The daughter of King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I (1533-1603) reunited a nation divided by religious strife, faced down the Spanish Armada and, after an unprecedented 45-year reign, died one of England's best-loved monarchs. During her time as Queen, poets and playwrights wrote about her, artists painted her, and composers dedicated works to her, all contributing to the legend of the "Virgin Queen" who never married. In the public's mind, Elizabeth's romantic life is nearly completely overshadowed by her political achievements and military triumphs. Elizabeth I looks beyond the myth at the woman behind the crown, striking a balance between the queen's desire to find love and passion, and her responsibility to the monarchy.


Secrets of the Six WivesSecrets of the Six Wives
PBS, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, History, Documentary, Biography
Rating: 5/5

Historian Lucy Worsley time travels back to the Tudor Court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives. Combining drama based on eye witness accounts, historical sources and Lucy's own contemporary historical comment, Lucy moves seamlessly from the present to the past. In a world run by men where the king had ultimate power, each queen (as well as their ladies in waiting) found their own unique methods of exerting influence. For the first time, it is these women's stories that Lucy wants to uncover, witness and explore, as well as offering her own take on Henry himself.


Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an EmpireAncient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire
BBC One, 2006 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

This dramatised documentary series tells the story of the rise and fall of Ancient Rome through the six key turning points. Factually accurate and based on extensive historical research, it reveals how the greed, lust and ambition of men like Caesar, Nero and Constantine shaped the Roman Empire. It describes how Rome destroyed Carthage, was conquered by Caesar, how it suppressed the Jewish revolt, and converted to Christianity. CGI is mixed with compelling drama and spectacular live-action battles to tell the definitive television story of how the Empire was formed, how it achieved maximum power, and why it eventually failed.


The Queens That Changed the WorldThe Queens That Changed the World
Channel 4, 2023 Running | History, Documentary
Rating: 2/5

Series exploring how, over the centuries, iconic queens wielded power and influence, not just through their accession to the throne, but through their strength of character, intelligence and charm


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