10 min

Snow on the Road Bristol: SS Great Britain

In this episode, Dan gets to explore one of his favourite places in all the world - the SS Great Britain - including some areas that are normally off-limits.

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60 Min

1421: The Year China Discovered America? – Part One

A former British naval officer was convinced that somebody had drawn maps of the Americas before Columbus had crossed the Atlantic in 1492. His research took him to China, where a major naval expedition had set out as early as the 1420s to explore SE Asia, the Indian subcontinent and possibly ...

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16 Min

The Empty Throne

A short film reflecting on the themes and events surrounding King John's signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

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25 Min

Tudor Series: Part One with Anna Whitelock

Part 1 of our 3 part Tudor series, released to coincide with the 469th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s death. In this podcast historian Anna Whitelock talks with Dan about the often-overlooked Tudor monarchs: Henry VII and Queen Mary.

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34 Min

Vietnam with Max Hastings

Max Hasting's new bestseller on Vietnam is out, and Dan met him to discuss Domino theory, whether it was possible for the US to win the war and the effect the war had on those who fought in it.

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47 Min

Seymour Hersh on My Lai, Watergate, Abu Ghraib & Trump

Dan talks to giant of journalism, Sy Hersh, about the many things he's covered in his long career, from Vietnam to Iraq to Trump.

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60 Min

The Struggle for Democracy: The Rule of Law

Should the law uphold the rights of the individual or the interests of the community? From present day Canada to Nazi Germany and ancient Athens, this episode examines the issue.

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60 Min

The Struggle for Democracy: Chiefs and Strongmen

Two African nations, Nigeria and Libya, offer examples of countries where western-style democracy has not taken root.

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60 Min

The Struggle for Democracy: Reborn in America

A history of democracy in the United States and the perspective on personal liberty that has led to American's self-proclamation as inventors and custodians of democracy.

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The Struggle for Democracy: Genesis

The first episode of the Democracy series opens with the events of the October crisis of 1970 and investigates the meaning of democracy and its origins.

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Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa with Lawrence James

Lawrence James is an English historian and writer. He has written several works of popular history about the British Empire. Lawrence's latest book is entitled Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa.

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35 min

The Julio-Claudians with Tom Holland

Dan sits down with Tom Holland to discuss Rome's first five emperors - the Julio-Claudian dynasty. From Augustus to Nero, they are some of the most colourful characters in history. But how much of what we know about these figures is actually true?

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39 min

The Stuarts with Anna Whitelock

Anna Whitelock explains how the 17th century saw the birth of the modern world and how vital a role the Stuart dynasty played in forging it.

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41 min

Charles I Reconsidered with Leanda de Lisle

Dan Snow meets Leanda de Lisle, whose new biography of Charles I attempts to re-evaluate the reign of Charles I.

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12 min

Conquest 1066: Told By the Teacher You Wish You’d Had

If you went to school in the UK, chances are you spent hours of class time learning about 1066. Whether they're fond memories or times you'd rather forget, revisit the Norman Conquest with us now.

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23 min

Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of 1666

Helen Carr talks to 1666 expert Rebecca Rideal about the deadly, dehumanising disease which wiped out a quarter of London's population.

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31 Min

Islam and the Tudors with Jerry Brotton

Jerry Brotton is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and director of the college's MA in Renaissance Studies. This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World is out now.

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22 Min

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England with Jessie Childs

Jessie Childs is an award-winning author and historian. In this fascinating interview, she explores the Catholic predicament in Elizabethan England - an age in which their faith was criminalised, and almost two hundred Catholics were executed. In exposing the tensions masked by the cult of Gloriana, she considers the terrible ...

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32 Min

Elizabeth I with Helen Castor

Dan talks to Helen Castor about her book on Elizabeth I and the way she governed.

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18 Min

Art Detective: The Armada Portrait

This series is designed to give bite-sized insights into the world of Art History, bringing one image to life through discussion with experts. History is never far from view, so each image will be expanded to sit within the cultural and historical context that produced it.

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28 Min

Empire of Things with Frank Trentmann

Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, his latest book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First is out now.

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43 Min

Yasmin Khan on the Indian Partition

2017 was the 70th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian Raj which caused such an epidemic of bloodshed. Yasmin Khan, Associate Professor of History at Oxford University, and author of 'The Great Partition' draws on her research and family recollections to deliver the powerful story of partition.

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The Partition of India

The Partition of India was the partition of the Presidencies and provinces of British India that led to the creation of the sovereign states of the Dominion of Pakistan (it later split into Pakistan and Bangladesh) and the Union of India (later Republic of India) on 15 August 1947.

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28 min

Septimus Severus in Scotland with Simon Elliott

Dan talks to Simon Elliott about Septimius Severus, about his Northern Campaigns and the true story of this savage 3rd century invasion of Scotland.

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32 min

Socrates and Love with Armand D’Angour

Armand D'Angour, a renowned classical scholar, has found new sources that Socrates in fact received many of his ideas, particularly those about love, from a woman he had an affair with.

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22 min

Vindolanda with Andrew Birley and Barbara Birley

Dan finds out what's going on with recent excavations at Vindolanda, one of the largest Roman forts near Hadrian's Wall. All manner of discoveries have been made, including the largest collection of Roman footwear found anywhere in the world.

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28 Min

Mediaeval Bodies with Jack Hartnell

Dan talks to Jack Hartnell about how people in the Middle Ages saw their own (and other people's) bodies.

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28 min

Saturnalia with Kevin Butcher

Dan talks to Kevin Butcher about the Roman festival of Saturnalia, with its drinking, gift-giving, and sense of a world turned upside-down.

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35 Min

William: Conqueror, Bastard, Both? with Marc Morris

Dr Marc Morris is an historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Middle Ages. He is the author of 'William I: England's Conqueror'.

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22 Min

The Vikings in the Vicarage

The Great Heathen Army is a term used to define a fearsome Viking force that arrived in England in the 860s, comprising of more men than had ever been seen before in a Norse army. This formidable force had much greater ambitions than simply raiding and pillaging the Anglo-Saxon lands; ...

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19 min

The Black Sea Shipwrecks with Helen Farr

Dan chats to Dr Helen Farr about how the Black Sea’s anaerobic waters have preserved ancient ships for many centuries, including a Greek ship very similar to one on an urn in the British Library

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35 Min

Crowd Sourcing Archaeology From Space with Sarah Parcak

GlobalXplorer is the citizen science platform that archaeologist Sarah Parcak built with the 2016 TED Prize, to train a 21st century virtual army to help look for signs of archaeological looting, urban encroachment and sites that haven’t been excavated yet.

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27 min

Roman Legionaries with Simon Elliott

Dan has his regular catch-up with Simon Elliott on all things Roman. Why were the legionaries so successful, and how did they maintain that success for several centuries?

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42 min

Roman Navy in Britain: The Classis Britannica with Simon Elliott

Historian and archaeologist Simon Elliott discusses the Classis Britannica, Rome's regional fleet that patrolled the shores around Britannia.

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20 Min

Old King Tut with Dr Colleen Darnell

Dr Colleen Darnell talks to Dan about 'Tutmania', the phase of obsession with the uncovering of the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as all things Egyptology.

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27 Min

The Tombs of Egypt with Chris Naunton

What treasures lie in store in the shifting sands of the Valley of the Kings? Dan talks to Chris Naunton to discover where the tombs of Alexander the Great and Cleopatra might be.

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20 min

Old King Tut with Dr Colleen Darnell

Dr Colleen Darnell talks to Dan about 'Tutmania', the phase of obsession with the uncovering of the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as all things Egyptology.

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10 Min

Voices of the Victims: Romeo Vecht

Dan interviews Romeo Vecht, a Jewish refugee captured and imprisoned in Spa, Belgium during the Second World War. This episode is part of a series of films revealing the experiences of children during the Holocaust.

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Voices of the Victims: Ruth Becker

Dan interviews Ruth Becker, a Jewish refugee in France during the Second World War. This episode is part of a series of films revealing the experiences of children during the Holocaust.

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18 min

Eight Egyptian Mummies Discovered in Tomb near Luxor with Chris Naunton

'There's something about Egyptian mummies that gets us all excited.' Dan Snow chats to Egyptologist Chris Naunton about this fascinating new discovery near Luxor on the Nile in Egypt.

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35 min

Augustus with Lindsay Powell

Who was the greatest European ever? Dan talks to Lindsay Powell to find out.

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20 Min

Amara Thornton on the Lost Reels of Nineveh

Dr Amara Thornton talks us through a newly discovered film documenting archaeological excavations at the site of Nineveh.

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19 Min

1956: The World in Revolt with Simon Hall

1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the twentieth century. All across the globe, ordinary people spoke out, filled the streets and city squares, and took up arms in an attempt to win their freedom. In response to these unprecedented challenges to their authority, those in power fought back, ...

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11 min

A Tour of Fishbourne Palace

Dan visits the remarkable Fishbourne Palace and sees first hand why it is one of the greatest Roman sites in Britain.

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45 min

Live from the British Museum: The Scythians

The ancient Greeks and Romans had many enemies. Yet one of their greatest, most enduring foes were the nomadic Scythians. Join Dan Snow at the British Museum, where he discusses the Scythians and their extraordinary way of life with St John Simpson

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30 Min

Russian Interference in Elections with Calder Walton

Dan Snow meets Calder Walton for a martini and an overview of Russia's history of interference in foreign elections.

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30 min

The Luftwaffe Ace and the Spitfire

He is a German Luftwaffe ace with 81 confirmed victories on the Eastern front. Now a 95-year-old veteran, Hugo Broch will soar into the skies in a Spitfire.

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23 Min

The Treasures of St Petersburg and The Hermitage: Revolution

Despite its strong links with the preceding monarchy, the Hermitage and the Winter Palace remained prominent and became vitally important to Soviet myth. The Hermitage’s collection, perhaps somewhat-surprisingly, continued to grow.

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22 min

The Treasures of Athens and Olympia: The Birth of Realism

The final part of the series examines how Greek artists put human beings at the centre "of all things" and began to portray the human form in a realistic rather than stylistic way.

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29 Min

Hitler’s Pact with Stalin with Roger Moorhouse

Dan talks to Roger Moorhouse, a prominent British historian of the Third Reich and World War Two, about the infamous alliance foged between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia during the early stages of the Second World War.

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22 min

The Treasures of Athens and Olympia: Christianity and Neoclassicism

The second episode in the series traces the development of Greek art and architecture during the Byzantine period and throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

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23 Min

Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess – Chapter One

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - a group which also included Maclean, Philby, Blunt - all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union.

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38 min

Michael Scott on Classical Connections

The Mediterranean and the Near East was just one part of a much larger, interconnected ancient world. Professor Michael Scott discusses the immense age of the Silk Road and its importance to Imperial Rome.

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60 Min

The Last Dambuster

Of all the air raids carried out during World War Two, none are as famous as the attack by Lancaster Bombers against the dams of Germany’s industrial heartland. Commemorated in literature and film throughout the decades, the mission – which was codenamed Operation ‘Chastise’ – has come to epitomise British ingenuity ...

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128 min

A Prince in the Tower

This 4-part History Hit audio drama, starring Iain Glen, tells the story of Perkin Warbeck, a young pretender to the English crown in the 1490s.

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55 min

The Seven Deadly Sins with Stephen Fry

Dan Snow met Stephen Fry to talk about his passion for history and the Seven Deadly Sins in this filmed version of Dan Snow's History Hit at Soho Sound Studios.

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20 min

Snow On The Road: Liverpool’s Hidden Heritage

Beneath Liverpool remarkable structures have been excavated by passionate volunteers. Dan Snow visits the Williamson Tunnels and the Western Approaches Museum - two stunning examples of Liverpool's hidden heritage.

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25 Min

William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest with Marc Morris

Medieval historian Marc Morris answers the key questions about 1066.

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48 min

The Battle for North America

On 13 September 1759, on the Plains of Abraham near the city of Quebec, an outnumbered British army fought a battle that would change the history of the world: the Battle of Quebec. Dan Snow discovers how this pivotal battle shaped the future of the British Empire and North America.

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16 Min

Missing World War Two B-25 Bombers Found in the Pacific Ocean with Dr. Eric Terrill

Project Recover is a public-private partnership to enlist 21st century science and technology combined with in-depth archival and historical research in a quest to transform the approaches to underwater search to locate aircraft associated with American servicemen still unaccounted for during wartime, to provide closure to families and recognition for ...

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33 Min

Lancaster Behind the Scenes: Les Rutherford

Les Rutherford was a bomb aimer, flying in Lancaster bombers. To accompany the short film 'Lancaster', Les offers a personal insight into the experience of flying over enemy territory.

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13 Min

Lancaster: A Daring Bomber Raid Over Occupied France

The Lancaster Bomber is one of the most iconic aircraft of World War Two. It entered service in early 1941 and went on to be Britain’s main heavy bomber aircraft during the War, serving predominantly on night-time bombing raids of German-occupied Europe. Its effectiveness ensured that the Lancaster proved central ...

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44 Min

Living Through the Dresden Firebombing with Victor Gregg

Victor Gregg is a veteran of World War Two and the Dresden Bombings, and travelled with Dan to visit Dresden last year for a documentary. In this episode, Victor talks about what it was like to be in Dresden during the bombings, and the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he ...

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20 Min

Out of the Inferno: Surviving Dresden

On the 73rd anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden, Dan Snow accompanies British veteran Victor Gregg, a POW in Dresden during the raid, as he returns to the city for a historic meeting with Irene Uhlendorf, who was just 4 years old on the night of the bombing. Together they are ...

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Korea in 90 Seconds

Korea: beautiful, divided, culturally rich and torn apart by war. Placed on the doorstep of three ambitious powers, China, Russia and Japan, it has been invaded by all three of these enormous states since 1900 alone. In 1945, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed on the surrender of Japanese forces ...

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29 Min

Human Rights After Hitler with Dan Plesch

Dan Plesch is director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of 'America, Hitler and the UN', co-editor of 'Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations', and has been a frequent contributor to the Guardian and other media. His latest ...

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26 Min

The Women Who Flew For Hitler

Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were two talented, courageous, and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to become the only female test pilots in Hitler’s Germany – eventually being awarded the Iron Cross for their services to the Luftwaffe. Both were brilliant pilots, both were great patriots, and both ...

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22 Min

Hitler’s Titanic with Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is an historian of the Third Reich and WW2, author of The Devils' Alliance, Killing Hitler & Berlin at War. In this fascinating episode, he discusses the worst maritime disaster in history: the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945.

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48 Min

Operation Valkyrie: The Plot to Kill Hitler

On 20 July 1944 a clique of German officers initiated the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler: Operation Valkyrie.

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40 min

Hiroshima with Hirata San

Dan talks to Hirata San, a survivor of the Hiroshima attacks, and one of the few remaining survivors who speak English, about the Hiroshima bombing.

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21 min

Hitler’s Genitals with Emma Craigie

Dan sits down with writer and teacher Emma Craigie to come up with the latest theory on Hitler's genitals.

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25 min

Mary Beard on Lessons from Ancient Rome

The deepening political divide in the U.S. and an apparent realignment of the world order through President Trump’s foreign policy have prompted many comparisons to the fall of the Roman Empire. But can we really look back at ancient civilisations and draw parallels with those that exist today? ...

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40 min

The Myth and Reality of Hitler’s Secret Police with Frank McDonough

Professor Frank McDonough is an internationally renowned expert on the Third Reich. He was born in Liverpool, studied history at Balliol College, Oxford and gained a PhD from Lancaster University. Here he discusses the subject of his book 'The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police'.

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54 min

Thomas Cromwell with Diarmaid MacCulloch

In our first-ever History Hit Live in association with the British Academy, Dan talks to Diarmaid MacCulloch about Thomas Cromwell, whether or not the Reformation was like Brexit, and what is wrong with Putney.

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26 min

The Tudors with Suzannah Lipscomb

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a broadcaster and Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities.

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21 Min

The Life of Julius Caesar with Simon Elliott

Historian and archaeologist Simon Elliott answers the key questions surrounding one of history's most compelling figures - Julius Caesar.

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9 min

Snow on the Road: Lincoln Castle

In this episode Dan visits Lincoln Castle to learn more about this fortification's fascinating history and its central role in Britain's national story.

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18 Min

Charles II and the Restoration with Rebecca Rideal

Stuarts and Restoration London historian Rebecca Rideal answers some of the key questions about the Restoration and the rule of Charles II. Rebecca is the author of 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire.

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16 Min

Saving Timbuktu’s Manuscripts

Recently Dan visited the once-gleaming Timbuktu with the International Committee of the Red Cross to learn more about its history and its vast collection of manuscripts - the most important set of documents in the history of sub-Saharan Africa.

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18 min

By The Winter Sea

Short film following the story of Ada, a young woman from London who becomes a land girl in coastal Lincolnshire during the Second World War.

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60 min

History Hit Live: Valentine’s Day Special

In this special Valentine’s Day edition of History Hit LIVE, Dan Snow is joined by special guests for an exploration of love and romance across the ages. Chris Laoutaris will discuss Shakespeare and love, while Laura Doan will explore female homosexuality in World War One and Two.

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30 min

Doctor Under Fire: The Extraordinary 75 Year Career of Dr William Frankland

Over the course of his 106 years, Doctor William Frankland has experienced more than most. He served with the Royal Medical Corps during World War Two, spending more than three years as a prisoner of war of the Japanese following the fall of Singapore. After the war, his medical career focussed ...

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20 mins

Northmen

A gang of stranded Vikings cause havoc as they try to make their way home.

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22 min

The Treasures of Athens and Olympia: The Great Awakening

In the first of this three-part series, we explore the "Great Awakening' in 5th century Greece, and examine how this process became the source of Western Civilisation.

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30 min

Dan Overboard: The Lost Wrecks of Jutland

Dan Snow joins a team of maritime archaeologists to explore First World War wrecks in Portsmouth Harbour. But will he make it across the treacherous mud to reach them?

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53 min

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Science

Professor Val Gibson, Dr Patricia Fara and Dr Sarah Williams - from the University of Cambridge - discuss the historical role of women in science and how that is changing.

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47 min

Who Owns History?

In this interview David Olusoga sits down with Dan Snow to talk about his new series 'Civilisations', the meaning of the word and why the study of it is constantly changing.

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69 min

The Treasures of St Petersburg and The Hermitage

Few cities in the world can rival the beauty of St Petersburg in Russia, 'the Venice in the North.' Discover the history of one of the world's most remarkable cities in this three-part-series on History Hit TV.

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46 min

The Knights Templar with Dan Jones

Dan Jones discusses his book 'The Knights Templar' at the Temple in Central London, the physical embodiment of this medieval religious order that also trained warrior monks.

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69 min

Snow on the Road: The Western Front

Dan Snow takes an emotional journey through the key battlefields of the Western Front, from the memorial parks at the Somme to the formidable defences around Ypres.

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23 min

Walking with Churchill with Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts shares a selection of items from his Winston Churchill collection, documenting the fascinating life of one of Britain's most iconic figures.

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20 min

Festive Folk Song Bash

Here's a Christmas treat to get your toes tapping. Sam Willis meets folk singer Jim Causley to discuss and perform a selection of festive tunes.

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12 min

Dinner With Dickens

Pen Vogler takes us on a tour of the delightful Charles Dickens Museum, home to the author himself between 1837 and 1839.

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40 min

Dan’s Dickensian Christmas

Dan Snow is treated to a range of Dickensian Christmas delights courtesy of historian Pen Vogler, from mince pies to Charles Dickens' favourite punch.

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60 min

I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent

Ian Hislop introduces the British Museum's latest exhibition, a fascinating collection of dissenting objects.

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11 min

A Nation In Shock: The Assassination of JFK

22 November, 1963, gunfire at Dealey Plaza, Dallas. Told through newsreels and archive, this film provides a snapshot of the grief and shock that gripped the world in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK.

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20 min

The Cutting Edge: Tanks in World War One

Tank legend David Fletcher MBE, historian of armoured warfare, and David Willey, curator of the Tank Museum, Bovington, discuss the First World War development of the tank. Why and how was the tank designed? How did it evolve over the course of the war? And what attributes were required of ...

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30 min

1918: The First World War’s Forgotten Year

Historian Richard van Emden, explains why we should give more attention to 1918 when studying the First World War. How close did Germany come to winning the war in early 1918 and how did the soldiers feel who faced their final onslaught?

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26 min

Guy Fawkes: The Yorkshireman Behind the Plot

Helen Carr takes a road trip to York to discover more about the early years of one of British history's most notorious figures - Guy Fawkes. She traces his childhood, through his school days to his religious conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism.

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Africa and War with David Olusoga

The first shot fired by British forces in the First World War was fired by an African soldier in Africa. Historian David Olusoga presents three 1418 Now art commissions that will highlight the often overlooked role played by African soldiers.

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33 min

The Road to 1914: Myths of Nationalism with Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan talks to her nephew Dan about the road to 1914. They discuss the role that masculine insecurity played in the build up to the war and also examine the construct of and myths surrounding nationalistic feeling in the pre-war years. They even consider the possibility of an alternate course ...

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41 min

Douglas Haig: The Most Hated Man in Modern British History? with Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield - Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and a specialist on Britain at war 1914-45 - discusses the controversial figure of Douglas Haig.

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56 min

Forgotten Faces of the Great War: The Chinese Labour Corps

China started out as a neutral country during the First World War. But by early 1917, one thousand Chinese men were on their way to the Western Front. Tens of thousands more would follow, to provide logistical support to the Allies. They constituted one of the largest labour corps of the ...

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65 min

The Lost Battalion

In October 1918, 550 men of the United States 77th Division were cut off and surrounded by German forces in the Argonne forest. For six days the 'Lost Battalion' fought for survival, low on ammunition and deprived of food. This is their story.

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21 min

Dan Snow In Conversation with Peter Jackson

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson sits down with Dan to discuss his stunning new film They Shall Not Grow Old.

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11 min

Protest: Spirit of the People

Journalist Donald Macintyre recalls the anti-Vietnam protests in London in 1968 and reflects on how they compare to protests today.

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30 min

Mary Ellis: Touching the Sky

Dan Snow meets a courageous and pioneering aviator of the Second World War - Mary Ellis. Mary served with the Air Transport Auxiliary, flying aircraft including spitfires between air fields to enable the RAF to maintain their defence against the Luftwaffe. She talks about her love of flying, which first ...

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Sean Bean’s Waterloo

Sean Bean tells the story of one of history’s bloodiest battles, the Battle of Waterloo, through the eyes of the soldiers who fought it.

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Operation Legacy

In 2009 a group of Kenyan war veterans sued the British government to reveal the truth about what really happened during the Mau Mau Emergency. Their story rocked the establishment.

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30 min

Captain Cook’s Endeavour

Helen Carr visits Captain Cook's birthplace on the anniversary of his setting out on the Endeavour, to find out more about the man and his expedition.

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10 min

Voices of the Victims: The Amud Aish Exhibition

Dan visits the Hasmonean High School in London, which took in refugee children escaping persecution.

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11 min

Snow in an F-35

Dan Snow straps in to a state of the art simulator to discover what the RAF's latest acquisition, the F-35, is capable of.

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Snow in a Spitfire

Dan Snow's lifelong dream has been to fly a Spitfire. Now he gets the chance to go up in a two-seater version. Join him as he experiences the awe of seeing the coast from the air, learns how dog-fights would really have played out, and even attempts some daring and ...

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc received her first mystical vision when she was still a child, an event which was to chart the course of the rest of her turbulent life. She took upon herself the mission to save France and bound her fate to that of her country. Hear her story ...

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46 min

Temple Church and William the Marshal with Dan Jones

Dan Snow meets the man with whom he is often confused - the heavily tattooed Dan Jones, medieval bestseller - on his brand new opus: 'The Knights Templar'. Shot at the Temple in Central London, this is the physical embodiment of this medieval religious order that also trained warrior monks. ...

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Modern History: The Knight

Jason Kingsley has been fascinated by history his whole life, in particular the medieval period and the life of knights. But how much of what we see and hear on TV and in film is accurate? In this series Jason sets out to reveal the reality behind the myths.

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71 Min

The Road to Rome

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, The Road To Rome documents the journey of three authors of historical fiction as they walk from Naples to Rome dressed as Roman soldiers to raise money for charity. Their exploits raised over £25,000 in donations for charities Médecins Sans Frontières and Combat Stress.

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The Unheard Tapes of Bomber Command

On the 25th of July 1943 Flight Lieutenant Stevens flew in one of the deadliest bombing raids on Essen. The moment he returned home, he made a recording of himself reliving the events of that night. Here, for the first time, we bring together the voice of the 21 year old and ...

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Ghosts of the Romanovs

In this exclusive piece Helen Rappaport reveals the untold story of modern Russia's obsession with the Romanov family and the place where they died.

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27 min

Lucy Worsley on The Death of Jane Austen

Lucy Worsley and Dan Snow pay a visit to Jane Austen's house to draw back the curtain on the life of the author who changed the course of novel writing and publishing. In this programme we uncover the truth about how she really lived from day to day, explore little-known ...

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37 mins

Archaeologist Spies of World War One

Historian of archaeology Dr Amara Thornton explores a network of archaeologist-spies, codebreaking, mapping and running agents, and with expert contributors delves into the extraordinary double lives led by the critical players in the international theatres of World War One.

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51 mins

Snow on the Road: North Wales

Dan is on the road again, this time to explore his ancestral home, North Wales. He delves into the history behind its imposing castles, labyrinthine caves, quirky coastal towns and even pays a very personal visit to his great-great-grandfather David Lloyd George's humble beginnings.

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27 min

Fighting Proud: A Gay History of the World Wars

Historian Stephen Bourne, author of 'Fighting Proud', discusses the role of gay servicemen in the world wars and the challenges of publishing gay history.

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22 min

The Vikings in the Vicarage

Dan Snow joins archaeologist Professor Martin Biddle in the churchyard of St Wystan's Church in Repton, Derby, where he made an explosive discovery that will change the way we think about Viking Britain.

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21 min

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece

French sculptor Auguste Rodin took inspiration from the classical art he saw at the British Museum in 1881. Now Janina Ramirez returns to that very same institution to guide us round the exhibition of his iconic works and ancient influences, displayed here side-by-side for the first time.

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27 min

Uncharted Heights – Leaving the Planet with Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell talks to Dan about the secret history of the Space Race, reveals the truth about the moon landings and examines mankind's insatiable, eternal drive to reach new worlds.

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48 min

The Mystery of the Headless Man

Simon 'the Fox' Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat of the Highland, was the last man to be beheaded in England. But what happened to his body? Was he buried at the Tower of London? Or does his body in fact lie in the clan vault? A tomb is opened and ...

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38 min

The Holocaust: A New History

Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In this podcast, he reveals to Dan what he has discovered and how it has led him to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in more than three decades.

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27 min

History of Everyday Life with Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner talks to Dan Snow about the History of Everyday Life, because since the Stone Age everyone who has ever lived has had to deal with the same basic ideas of getting up in the morning, putting on clothes and getting on with the day.

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36 min

The Sutton Hoo Shoulder Clasps with Jim Peters

In this podcast Dr. Janina Ramirez talks to Jim Peters, Collections Manager of Britain, Europe and Pre-History at the British Museum, about the Sutton Hoo Shoulder Clasps.

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52 min

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany with Norman Ohler

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. But as Norman Ohler reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining ...

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19 min

Mary Beard on Women and Power

Why has history persistently ignored or failed to recognise the role of women? In this Spotlight interview with Dan Snow, Mary Beard explores the many ways throughout history that women have been put down or silenced.

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20 min

Conquest: From Hereward the Wake to Brexit

Laurence Brockliss talks to us about the Norman Conquest and how the events of 1066 impacted on Britain's EU referendum. Discussing Hereward the Wake and his resistance to the Normans, what can we learn about the flow of modern politics from the actions of this rogue?

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60 min

The Last Dambuster

May 1943. A force of 19 Lancaster bombers attacks the dams of the Ruhr Valley, Germany's industrial heartland. George 'Johnny' Johnson is the last British Dambuster. On HistoryHit.TV he speaks exclusively to Dan Snow about his experience of one of World War Two's most iconic moments.

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70 min

Imphal and Kohima: Britain’s Greatest Battle

The twin battles of Imphal and Kohima marked a turning point in the Far Eastern theatre of World War Two. Yet the battlefields remain relatively unexplored. Join James Holland as he travels to India and unearths the story of this, Britain's Greatest Battle.

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30 min

Gary Oldman on Playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour

Dan Snow talks to acclaimed actor Gary Oldman about the challenge of taking on the role of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour", and the role of art in interpreting history. Oldman has since won an Oscar for his performance.

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