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The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher with Charles Moore

Charles Moore discusses the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady

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My Life and World War Two

Victor Gregg retells his traumatic experience of the Second World War and how it has shaped the rest of his life.

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The Rise and Fall of the House of York During the Wars of the Roses with Thomas Penn

Thomas Penn talks Dan through the rise, zenith and fall of the House of York during the latter half of the 15th century.

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28 min

The History of Westminster Abbey

With an unrivalled arrange of monuments - ranging from grand royal tombs to the grave of The Unknown Warrior - and spectacular architecture spanning nearly 1,000 years, join Dan Snow and Sir David Cannadine as they explore Britain's greatest church.

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40 min

European Prosperity in the 19th Century

Orlando Figes talks to Dan about social and technological developments and their relationship to cultural changes in the 19th century.

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48 min

The Crusades with Dan Jones

The two Dans are back. And this time, they're talking all things crusades. Dan Jones provides his namesake host a thrilling background to the series of holy wars that have come to define Medieval Europe.

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How Christianity Shapes Our Morality

Tom Holland sits down with Dan to talk about the history of Christianity, and how the religion has shaped morality in Western civilisation to this day.

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Untold – Weapons of War – Joseph Kennedy Jr

In this documentary, drones historian James Rogers explores the story behind Operation Anvil and the fateful final flight of a man who was meant to be the President of the United States.

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Untold – Weapons of War – The Butterfly Bombing of Grimsby

In 1943 the residents of Grimsby and Cleethorpes became victims of a new type of morale-wrecking weapon: the butterfly bomb - history's first ever cluster explosive. Drones historian James Rogers tells the story behind the butterfly bomb: why it was such a deadly weapon of war and how the local residents ...

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How to Be a Dictator with Frank Dikötter

Dutch historian Frank Dikötter sits down with Dan to explain the history behind dictatorship and the various methods these individuals used to gain and maintain power.

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50 min

Arnhem For Ever: A Pilgrimage

In this 2017 film, Arnhem veterans and relatives of those who witnessed the Operation tell the tale of the 1st British Airborne Division in September 1944: the task these soldiers faced at Arnhem, the misfortune that befell them and the desperate struggle that ensued.

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Anglo-Saxon Burial at Bamburgh Castle

A story of bloodshed, tribal rivalries and a warrior class obsessed with and defined by the battlefield has emerged from the discovery of a burial site at Bamburgh Castle

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Alderney: The War Years

In June 1940, the Channel Islands - British Crown Dependencies - were occupied by German forces. On the orders of Adolf Hitler, they were transformed into impregnable fortresses, works that still mark the islands today.

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10 Steps to World War Two

The outbreak of World War Two has been blamed on the policy of 'appeasement' - with the Great Powers of Europe failing to stand up to German leader Adolf Hitler's aggressive foreign policy until it was too late. Tim Bouverie comments on the gathering storm of the 1930s, unleashed in ...

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The German Invasion of Poland with Roger Moorhouse

Dan sat down with Roger Moorhouse to talk about the start of World War Two from the often-overlooked Polish perspective, sorting the fact from the fiction about Germany's infamous invasion.

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How the Cold War Shaped Western Democracy with Simon Reid-Henry

Dan sat down with Simon Reid-Henry to discuss the evolution of western democracy across the world from the early 1970s to present day.

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28 min

The Channel Islands: Guernsey

From the house of the exiled, 19th century French writer Victor Hugo to the extensive, underground, concrete tunnels constructed by the Germans during World War Two, join Dan Snow as he discovers Guernsey's remarkable history.

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16 min

Henry VIII: Statesman or Tyrant?

On Midsummer's Day in 1509 a 17 year old was crowned king of England. He would go on to transform his realm over almost four decades on the throne. But who was Henry VIII? Man or monster, statesman or tyrant?

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The Last Viking

Innovative short drama. The date is 25th September, 1066, and Viking King Harald Hardrada has a story to tell in the aftermath of the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

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Battle of Hastings: The English Camp

Dan Snow visits the Saxon camp at the Battle of Hastings reenactment where the Anglo Saxons are preparing for battle.

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60 min

The Genius of Josiah Wedgewood

Historian A.N. Wilson sets out to tell the story of Josiah Wedgwood, one of the founding fathers of the Industrial Revolution and the man who revolutionised English pottery.

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41 min

The Silk Roads: Changing Perspectives

Professor Michael Scott talks about the changing perceptions of goods and peoples on the early Silk Road.

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The Silk Roads: Trade and Movement

British Museum Curator St John Simpson talks about the Sasanian empire, the Silk Road and new archaeological evidence for trade and movement across the frontiers of Late Antiquity.

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The Silk Roads: Ideas and Religion

Frances Wood, SOAS Research Associate gives a talk on the importance of the Silk Roads in the movement of ideas and religions across Central Asia, from Buddhism to Nestorian Christianity.

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The Silk Roads: Buddhist Art

British Museum Curator Yu-Ping Luk talks about Buddhist art along the Silk Roads with a focus on the British Museum's Dunhuang and Xinjiang collections.

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21 min

Britain and the Birth of the Modern World

Historian Ben Wilson, author of Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy, talks to Dan Snow about how Britain shaped the modern world.

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28 min

The Peterloo Massacre with Robert Toole

Robert Poole argues why the events at Peterloo Square on 16 August 1819 were a key turning point in the reform movement, and why its legacy was integral in forcing concessions ten years later.

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We Were Kings: Burma’s Lost Royals

After a century of silence Burma's royals are back, and they’re on a journey to bring the family - past and present - back together.

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The Amritsar Massacre with Kim Wagner

100 years ago, forces under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired upon on an assembled crowd of Indians, who had gathered in peaceful protest about the deportation of two national leaders. Dan talks to Kim Wagner in order to better understand the events that occurred, and to challenge many of ...

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40 min

Nuclear Armageddon with Julie McDowall

Dan sat down with Julie McDowall to talk about Britain's plans in case of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War. They also discuss the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and its infamous legacy.

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59 min

Hidden Histories: World War One’s Forgotten Photographs

The extraordinary untold story of soldiers’ photography in World War One. This is World War One viewed from a new and surprising perspective – through the eyes of the men who fought in it.

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Simon de Montfort, England’s First Parliamentarian

Simon de Montfort was a member of the English peerage, who led opposition to King Henry III. He played a major role in the constitutional development of the country and remains an important figure in British history.

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43 min

~ Antony Beevor on Arnhem

Dan talks to Antony Beevor about Arnhem, Operation Market Garden and why it all went so horribly wrong.

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Brexit and the Reformation with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

Dan talks to one of the foremost experts on the Reformation and discusses whether Iain Duncan Smith was right to draw parallels between Brexit and the 16th century split with Rome.

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The Indian Army in World War One with Priya Atwal and George Morton-Jack

Dan chatted to George Morton-Jack and Dr Priya Atwal about the neglected role of the Indian Army during World War One, and how they are working to shed new light on the vital role that these servicemen played.

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~ The Election of Boris Johnson with Dr Andrew Blick

In this emergency podcast, Dan talks to Dr Andrew Blick about Boris Johnson's accession to the role of Prime Minister, the history of the UK's electoral system, and the role the monarchy has to play in the constitutional system.

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23 min

Horrible Histories with Terry Deary

Terry Deary, one of the most effective communicators of history ever, spoke to Dan about how Horrible Histories came about, his remarkable publishing career and what sparked his interest in the past.

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~ The History of Drones with James Rogers

The use of unmanned aircraft stretches all the way back to the First World War. Dan talks to James Rogers about this fascinating, unknown history.

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North Devon and Dorset

The ever intrepid Dan Snow heads to the southwest of the Britain to uncover the region's historical gems.

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26 min

Apollo 11: How Humans Reached the Moon

It was one of the most remarkable achievements in history. Just 66 years after humans first lifted off the surface of the Earth in an aeroplane, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon. This is the story of Project Apollo, and how humans got to the Moon.

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Vampires with Richard Sugg

Richard Sugg, author of a new book on real vampires, talks Dan through the weird world of supernatural bloodsuckers.

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John F. Kennedy’s Moon Shot Speech

A short, animated video of John F Kennedy's famous speech, made to Congress on 25 May 1961, where he outlined the United States' intentions to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.

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The Battle of Britain

In the summer of 1940, Britain battled for survival against Hitler’s war machine; the result would define the course of the Second World War. It is known simply as The Battle of Britain.

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Beaumont-Hamel

On the eve of the Battle of the Somme, cameraman Geoffrey Malins visited the front lines near Beaumont-Hamel to film footage of the troops as they prepared for the supposed, decisive offensive. He went on to film some of the most iconic footage of the battle. This short drama follows ...

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Under the Somme

The first day of the Battle of the Somme holds an infamous record for the British army, being the bloodiest day in its history. But the battle wasn't just being fought in no-man's land. Beneath the ground a dreadful, silent war was taking place, as British and German engineers tunnelled ...

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51 min

A History of Unbelief

Religious belief looks more precarious in the modern world than ever before. But is that the truth? Dan Snow explores the role of unbelievers throughout history, to discover if we're uniquely unbelieving now, or whether there have always been those who wouldn't believe.

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The Suffragettes and the Actresses’ Franchise League with Naomi Paxton

Dan talks to Dr Naomi Paxton, historian of Actresses' Franchise League and Associate Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, about the coming of suffrage.

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The Real Macbeth

"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" We all know the story of Shakespeare's Macbeth but how accurate is it based on what we know about the real Macbeth? Discover the true story of Macbeth, not Thane of Glamis or Cawdor but King of Alba (Scotland) for 17 years.

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Sea Powers with Professor Andrew Lambert

Professor Andrew Lambert has written a magisterial history of sea power states, and the tools and methods of control they used to exert influence. From the Athenians to the British, Lambert discusses the way that states became sea powers, as well as offering insights on whether sea powers can exist ...

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Italy and World War Two with Paul Reed

Dan talks to Paul Reed about the significance of the Italian invasion in World War Two.

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Hong Kong’s History: Part 1 with Vaudine England

Exploring the foundation of Hong Kong, Dan ventures to the Pearl River Delta, one of the most densely urbanised regions in the world and is an economic hub of China. Vaudine England is a journalist and historian based on Hong Kong.

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The Knight’s Shield: Evolution

Shields have taken many shapes and sizes over the thousands of years of their use. Their design isn't just random or aesthetic. What can the evolution of the shield during the Middle Ages tell us about how warfare itself changed in this turbulent period?

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Access All Areas: The Postal Museum

The walls of the new Postal Museum house five centuries of stories and secrets – not just about post, not just about stamps, but about the remarkable people who made the Royal Mail what it is today.

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31 min

Vikings Uncovered: Part One with Dan Snow

To coincide with the upcoming broadcast of ' The Vikings Uncovered ' on BBC1 and PBS next week, Dan takes us behind the scenes and talks about his extraordinary experiences making the show.

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Passchendaele 100: Part 1 with Nick Lloyd

Nick Lloyd, PhD, FRHistS, is Reader in Military and Imperial History at King's College London based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in Shrivenham, Wiltshire. His new book, Passchendaele: A New History is out now.

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The British in India

In this episode, Dan talks to David Gilmour about the British in India. David Gilmour's new book is a vast exploration of the social history of India. David Gilmour is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Vikings Uncovered: Part Two with Doug Bolender

Doug Bolender is a research assistant professor in the Anthropology Department and the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at University of Massachusetts Boston.;This is part 2 of the 4 part series timed to coincide with the upcoming broadcast of ' The Vikings Uncovered ' on BBC1 and PBS.

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23 min

The Violence of the Suffragettes

Today we remember the suffragettes as a peaceful movement, but in the years before the First World War, the WSPU launched one of the most shocking terrorist campaigns the British mainland has ever seen.

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18 min

Waterloo: Napoleon’s Final Battle

The Battle of Waterloo was be a watershed moment in European history, finally ending Napoleon's military career and ushering in a new era of relative peace. This is the story of Napoleon's final battle.

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17 min

George Orwell’s 1984 with Dorian Lynskey

Author and journalist Dorian Lynskey answers key questions about one of the seminal novels of the 20th century, George Orwell's 1984, which was published 70 years ago.

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15 min

Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with James Barr

Dan talks to James Barr about the role of Jerusalem in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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40 min

Uncovering the Enigma: Bletchley Park

Join Dan Snow on an exclusive tour of the house and grounds, as well as the little known but all-important cottages that surround Bletchley Park.

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21 min

5 Great Speeches by Allied Leaders on D-Day

Allied leaders and generals delivered remarkable speeches to encourage and thank the service of Allied troops on D-Day.

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56 min

Star Wars and History

Dan Snow talks to historian, academic, and Star Wars fan, Janice Liedl, about the movie franchise's historical influences. Janice's book 'Star Wars and History' was written in collaboration with George Lucas.

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22 min

D-Day: As It Happened

Documentary covering events of June 6 1944 from the airborne drops of the early morning through to the German fightback of the late afternoon.

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47 min

Hong Kong’s History: Part 2 with Jason Wordie

Hong Kong local historian Jason Wordie talks Dan through the Battle of Hong Kong during the Second World War and how it sounded the death-knell for British occupation of the city.

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23 min

Corner Shops with Babita Sharma

Babita Sharma is esteemed British broadcaster, and a presenter on BBC News and the BBC World News. In this episode, she takes us through a history of corner shops. Corner shops have been ever important in British society, as hubs of their communities, and places where people from all walks ...

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41 min

The Irish Border with Professor Marie Coleman

Dan and Professor Marie Coleman get into the details of the border between Ireland and North Ireland. How did it come to be, how has it changed and why has it proved such a sticking point in Brexit negotiations? Discover more history interviews and documentaries at History Hit TV. Producer: ...

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27 min

Mary Wollstonecraft with Bee Rowlatt

Dan talks to Bee Rowlatt about the life and death of the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft.

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29 min

The Apollo Program with Kevin Fong

Getting to the moon was no easy feat, no matter how confident Kennedy may have sounded in his famous 1961 speech. Fong tells stories of just how close they came to failure, and how risky it was.

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48 min

Tobruk: Triumph and Disaster

In 1942 Britain faced the very real prospect of losing the Second World War. Everywhere British forces were in retreat and nowhere was the situation worse than in North Africa. Tobruk was a bastion that could not be lost.

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Behind the Photograph: Taxis to Hell – and Back – Into the Jaws of Death

One of the most famous war photographs ever taken - find out about the men behind the photograph and the battle they faced as they reached Omaha Beach on 6 June 1944.

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46 min

World War Two SAS Veteran with Mike Sadler

Mike Sadler is one of a handful of surviving original SAS men. Major Sadler, 93, was the navigator for the regiment’s founder David Stirling, guiding raiding columns for hundreds of miles behind enemy lines in North Africa.

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39 min

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk with Joshua Levine

Joshua Levine was the historical advisor on Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan. He is also the author of Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture.

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52 min

Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land

Uncovering shocking Foreign Office communications and using fascinating footage never seen on television before, this documentary shows how British double-dealing during the First World War ignited the conflict between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.

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26 min

The History of the Pyrenees with Matthew Carr

Dan talks to Matthew Carr about the history of the Pyrenees, a mountainous frontier that has seen conflict and co-operation from Roman times until the present day.

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60 min

In Conversation with Astronaut Al Worden

Al Worden is an American astronaut and engineer who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon.

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44 min

James Holland on D-Day

James Holland, author of Normandy ‘44: D-Day and the Battle for France, answers the key questions surrounding D-Day.

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41 min

The Rise of the Far Right in Europe in the 1930s with Frank McDonough

Dan chats to Professor Frank McDonough on how Dictators seized power in several European countries during the 1930s and why it happened.

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18 min

Anglo Saxons with Janina Ramirez

For 600 years the Anglo-Saxons came to dominate England. This period of English history has sometimes been perceived as one of little cultural development and the Anglo-Saxons as an unsophisticated people. However, there is plenty of evidence to negate this view, as Dr Janina Ramirez explains.

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32 min

Tony Blair on Political Power

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was also the longest serving Labour Prime Minister, spoke to Dan about the nature of political power.

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29 min

HMS Caroline with Melissa Morton and William Hughes

Dan explores HMS Caroline, the last surviving Royal Navy veteran of Jutland.

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31 min

The Bombing of Dresden with Ken Oatley

Ken Oatley, as one of the people who took part in the bombing of Dresden, talks about what it was like, and what he feels about having done it.

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28 min

D-Day Veteran Interviews: Frederick Bates

In this poignant interview, D-Day veteran Frederick Bates recalls what it was like for the young men who stormed the Normandy beaches and remembers those who were left behind.

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12 min

Sir Joseph Banks: Endeavour

In this mini film, Sir David Attenborough talks about the 18th century explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks, explaining why he deserves to be ranked among the most important scientists in recent history.

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17 min

D-Day Veteran Interviews: Bill Fitzgerald

D-Day veteran and Chelsea pensioner Bill Fitzgerald reveals the extraordinary preparations he and his fellow recruits underwent for D-Day with the famous 7th Armoured Division - better known as the 'Desert Rats'.

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19 min

The Treasure in the Tin Cup: Artefacts and Archive from Auschwitz

In this exclusive interview with Miroslaw Obstarczyk, a curator at Auschwitz, we hear about the horrors of the camp and the bravery of the people who died there.

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11 min

D-Day Veteran Interviews: George Skipper

During the D-Day landings, D-Day Veteran and Chelsea Pensioner George Skipper and his regiment helped the Allies storm Gold Beach. In this interview he recalls his experience of 6 June 1944 seventy-five years on.

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26 min

Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp

Gross-Rosen concentration camp was a Nazi German network of Nazi concentration camps built and operated during World War 2.

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60 Min

Nazi Concentration Camps

Distressing but important archive footage filmed by American forces during the liberation of Europe and forming an official post-war documentary report about Nazi concentration camps.

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23 min

Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace with Lucy Worsley

BAFTA winning historian and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Lucy Worsley takes Dan on a tour of Kensington Palace, one of the principle royal residences since 1689 and childhood home of Queen Victoria.

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15 min

The Causes of the Wars of the Roses: The First Battle of Saint Albans

What caused the 30 year period of internecine violence in medieval England? Dan Snow narrates this animated short documentary on the events that led to 22 May 1455 - the First Battle of Saint Albans.

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36 min

Dan Jones on The History in Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin didn't just get inspiration for Game of Thrones from the Wars of the Roses, but from all manner of historical circumstances and people, as Dan Jones explains to Dan Snow.

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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.

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27 min

What Really Happened on D-Day with Giles Milton

Dan talks to Giles Milton about D-Day and what his research has uncovered about the untold stories of this landmark event.

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60 min

Queen Victoria’s Letters: A Monarch Unveiled

Biographer AN Wilson uncovers a unique psychological portrait of Queen Victoria though her personal diaries and journals.

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35 min

The Shadow King: Henry VI

Lauren Johnson talks to Dan about the fascinating reign of Henry VI.

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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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King Arthur's Round Table Revealed

King Arthur’s Round Table Revealed

Was there really a fifth-century warrior king at war with the Angles and Saxons? Did he have a round table of knights? Where was Camelot? Now, twenty-first century forensic archaeology allows us to suggest new answers to these age-old questions.

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33 min

Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim – ‘the Munshi’

Dan sits down with Shribani Basu to talk about Abdul Karim 'the Munshi'.

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30 min

Neil Oliver’s Hadrian’s Wall with English Heritage

Neil Oliver visits the Wall - a massive statement of the power of the Roman Empire. Neil looks at recent discoveries which uncover the lives of the people who built and lived along the wall.

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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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19 min

Eglantyne Jebb and 100 Years of Save The Children with Clare Mulley

Now 100 years old, Save the Children was initially founded in response to the plight of German and Austrian children during the blockade of Germany in the aftermath of World War One.

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60 min

World War Two: China’s Forgotten War – Part One

The outbreak of World War Two is usually associated with early September 1939, when Britain and France declared war on Germany after the Nazi invasion of Poland. In the far-east, however, war had already been raging for two years.

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15 min

Maps That Made America

Susan Schulten presents a selection of maps from the fascinating collection of maps that feature in her book 'A History of America in 100 Maps'.

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34 min

Witchcraft with Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

Recorded LIVE in association with the British Academy, Dan talked to Dr Suzannah Lipscomb about the history of witchcraft...

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54 min

The Trial of Jack The Ripper?

In 1888 and 1889, a vicious serial killer haunted the streets of London. To this day the identity of the murderer is unknown, but he has a name – Jack The Ripper.

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20 min

Tom Holland on the Birth of Islam

Tom Holland traces the history of Islam through the centuries, and its interaction and impact on Christendom and the modern-day western world.

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38 min

The Battle for Brooklyn with Karen Quinones

Dan takes a walk around Colonial New York with Karen Quinones (of Patriot Tours) to explore the great battle and in its original setting.

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30 min

Untold Stories of World War One

Dan Snow introduces four projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council over the last four years, highlighing underexplored aspects of First World War history, from German wartime photography to miltary training in Northern Ireland.

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31 min

The Great Fire of London with Rebecca Rideal

1666 historian Rebecca Rideal discusses the Great Fire of London, the subject of her book '1666: Plague, War and Hellfire'.

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Kokoda Front Line!

The Kokoda campaign would last four months and has left a deep impression in the hearts and minds of the Australian people to this day.

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33 min

A Prince in the Tower: The Confession

In this fourth and final episode of our four-part audio drama, the veracity of Perkin Warbeck's story starts to unravel.

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A Prince in the Tower: The Pretender

In this first episode of our four-part audio drama an imprisoned Perkin Warbeck, played by Iain Glen, is interrogated in the Tower of London over his true identity, following the collapse of his rebellion.

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A Prince in the Tower: The Trial

In this second episode of our four-part audio drama, the prisoner Perkin Warbeck faces trial and stands by his claim that he is the rightful king.

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A Prince in the Tower: The Dungeons

In this third episode of our four-part audio drama, King Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York struggle to determine the fate of Perkin Warbeck.

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20 min

The Great Viking Army at Repton with Cat Jarman

Dan talks to Cat Jarman, a scientist who has worked to establish whether the bones in the charnel house at Repton are those of Ivar the Boneless' Great Heathen Army.

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22 min

Viking Graveyard with Dr Catrine Jarman

Dr Cat Jarman has made a significant set of discoveries about a Viking graveyard in Derbyshire, and Dan talks to her to find out if they might have found the skeleton of Ivar the Boneless.

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40 min

Napoleon with Adam Zamoyski

Dan talks to Adam Zamoyski, a historian who has recently written a new biography of Napoleon.

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55 min

The Battle of Waterloo with Peter Snow

Dan Snow's History Hit is revisiting its very first episode, on the Battle of Waterloo with Dan's dad, veteran broadcaster Peter Snow.

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47 min

The Battle of Agincourt with Tobias Capwell

Dan discusses the Battle of Agincourt, a major English victory in the Hundred Years’ War, with Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at The Wallace Collection.

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30 Min

The Silk Roads with Peter Frankopan

For way too long we Westerners have been espying history through the lens of our own success. But truth is, Britain only had its moment because some trade winds blew our sailors in a favourable direction, and America was only discovered because Europeans were seeking the Indies.

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48 min

El Alamein: Victory and Controversy

Forget Stalingrad, the real turning point of World War Two was fought in the desert sands of North Africa, at the two battles of El Alamein in 1942.

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14 Min

The Life and Times of Avi Shlaim

Avi Shlaim is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at St Antony's College, Oxford. Here he discusses his life - from his birth in Baghdad, to studying in Britain and his ongoing historical research.

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8 Min

The Great Escape: Inside Stalag Luft III

Recently, Dan was lucky enough to meet Charles Clarke OBE, a prisoner in Stalag Luft III during World War Two who witnessed the audacious three-tunnel escape attempt now famously known as the Great Escape.

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6 Min

The Children of Calais: Clare Mulley on Refugees

In this fascinating documentary, Clare Mulley reports on the unveiling of the new sculpture and reflects on the Kindertransport as an extraordinary moment in British history, questioning how we can learn from our past when faced with the refugee crisis of today.

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16 Min

RAF 100: Inside Cranwell College

Learn who is considered the true father of the RAF, why a flag must be evacuated in the event of a fire and why there are two portraits of World War One German flying aces in the college library.

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40 Min

Philip Pullman Meets the Art Detective

The Lord of Dust, creator of daemons and spinner of the finest fairy tales, Sir Philip Pullman is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. But Pullman is a lover of great art as well as great words, and he has been inspired by many artists from different periods.

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30 Min

Ottoman Empire with Kate Fleet

In this fascinating discussion with Dan Snow, Cambridge University’s Dr Kate Fleet takes us on a tour of the hugely successful and long lasting empire, and questions how we should view its legacy in the modern era.

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30 Min

Niall Ferguson on Social Networks Throughout History

The 21st century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But what if, in fact, we have always lived in networked ages? From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was – and indeed always has been - the networkers who ...

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21 Min

Maps: Our Place in the World

Dan visited the Bodleian Library in Oxford, home to one and a quarter million historic maps. Aided by professor Jerry Brotton, together they discuss the significance of ancient cartography and look at some of the jewels of the collection.

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6 Min

Museum of Childhood Creepy Toys

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is the UK’s National Museum of Childhood, and the largest institution of its kind in the world. Its mission is to hold in trust the nation’s childhood collections, and by doing so to shed light on the various weird ...

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29 Min

Jack Kenneth Lyon: The Last Great Escaper

Jack Kenneth Lyon was number 79 on the list of PoWs preparing to break out of Stalag Luft III in 1944. A Flight Lieutenant in the RAF during the war who was captured when his bomber crashed in Poland after a raid, he was on the brink of entering the ‘Harry’ tunnel ...

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41 Min

Inverness: Castles and Cairns

The Scottish Highlands are filled with wild, dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains and skies that stretch out across the lochs. But they are also steeped in history, and filled with powerfully emotive and atmospheric sites.

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Imagining the Divine

Dr Janina Ramirez takes an exclusive tour of 'Imagining the Divine', the new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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Conquest: The Kids’ View

Schoolchildren Beth and Ned give us a masterclass in the events of 1066. Why did the battle last so long? Why were Harold's army so tired? Why could William's victory be put down to luck? And why should we still care today?

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Did William the Conqueror Deserve His Reputation for Cruelty?

Following his victory at the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror initiated a ruthless campaign to quell ongoing English resistance to his spear-won rule, especially in the north of the country. Historian Marc Morris tackles the question of William the Conqueror's savage reputation.

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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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China’s Forgotten War: Behind the Documentary

If the standout documentary from our East Meets West season, 'WW2: China's Forgotten War' has left you wanting more then don't miss this companion interview with Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford.

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Bristol: Aerospace Bristol

In this episode, Dan visits Bristol's newest attraction: an innovative museum celebrating the history of flight.

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23 Min

Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of 1666

1665-1666 was not a good time for the people of London. Not only was most of the city engulfed by what soon became known as The Great Fire of London in September 1666, but months before the most infamous outbreak of disease in British history occurred: the Great Plague.

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The Romanovs with Simon Sebag Montefiore

British historian Simon Jonathan Sebag Montefiore joins Dan to chat about this Russian royal family.

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Avi Shlaim on the Balfour Declaration

Avi Shlaim is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at St Antony's College, Oxford. Here he discusses the background and implications of the historic Balfour Declaration of November 1917.

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41 Min

Africa: The Unknown History of Humankind

Gus Casely-Hayford talks about various aspects of African history: the importance of African history and why it belongs to all of us, the various civilisations, how Timbuktu became an unparalleled centre of learning, the need to continue building African cultural confidence in the wake of colonialism and the exciting future ...

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Access All Areas: National Musem of Computing

Spending an afternoon at the National Museum of Computing is a wonderful trip down memory lane. Their impressive collection stretches right back to the early days of computing.

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28 min

Jerusalem on the Amstel with Lipika Pelham

Lipika Pelham talks to Dan about the Dutch Jewish community in Amsterdam, how the Sephardim Jews ended up there and what they endured during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

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34 min

The Kindertransport with Herman Rothman and Henry Glanz

Herman Rothman and Henry Glanz are two survivors of the Kindertransport, and Dan went to talk to them and find out more about their escape from antisemitic Nazi Germany.

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Voices of the Victims

A series of films exploring the experiences of children during the Holocaust.

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30 Min

Access All Areas: Edinburgh Castle

Although we remember it predominantly for its involvement in several conflicts during the medieval period, Edinburgh Castle’s history stretches some 3,000 years, from prehistoric times right up to the present day.

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Access All Areas: Horse Guards Parade

Tucked away in the beating heart of London, we find one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks – Horse Guards Parade. Famous for its dazzling ceremonies and remarkable uniforms, the Parade stands as a testament to the fearlessness – and style - of the British soldier.

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15 Min

A Tour of the Althorp House Art Collection

Dan takes a tour of the impressive Althorp house and discovers more about the illustrious history of the Spencers, a family never far away from the beating heart of British life.

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12 Min

A Tour of The Wings Museum in West Sussex

The Wings Museum’s unique collection and style makes it a must-see attraction for any World War Two enthusiast.

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A Tour of St Mary’s House in Bramber

In this episode, Dan visits St Mary’s House and discovers some of the fascinating treasures of this building that is shrouded in nearly a millennia of history.

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A Tour of Arundel Castle in West Sussex

Arundel Castle is one West Sussex’s greatest attractions with a history spanning nearly a thousand years. It has its roots in Norman times, originally built at the end of the 11th century by the then Earl of Arundel, Roger de Montgomery. The keep Montgomery created was initially made out ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Augustus with Lindsay Powell

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

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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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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. Those in power fought back, in a desperate bid to shore up their position. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

The long and troubled history in the Korean peninsula has made North and South Korea into the countries they are today. Join Dan Snow as he takes you through what you need to know about Korea in a mere 90 seconds.

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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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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. Both were brilliant pilots, both were great patriots, and both had a strong sense of honour and duty – but in every other ...

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Hitler’s Titanic with Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is an historian of the Third Reich and World War Two, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Northmen

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Temple Church and William the Marshal with Dan Jones

Temple Church in Central London is the physical embodiment of the Knights Templar, a religious order that also trained as warrior monks. This is history that is strong on narrative and bursting with battles and blood-lust.

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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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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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7 min

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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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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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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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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