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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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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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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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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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

David Fletcher, 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 a Tank Man?

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73 min

90 Degrees South

90 Degrees South was filmed by Herbert Ponting, official photographer for Robert Falcon Scott's tragic Antarctic Expedition. Ponting originally released the footage in 1924 as The Great White Silence. The coming of sound allowed him to add his own commentary to the film, which provides additional details and context.

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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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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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10 min

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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50 min

World War One’s Tunnels of Death: The Big Dig

Messines is among World War One's most iconic and dramatic battlefields; now for the first time in almost a century, the secrets long buried under its scarred fields have been rediscovered.

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33 min

The Road to 1914: Myths of Nationalism

Margaret MacMillan talks to her nephew Dan about her seminal book 'The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914'. They discuss the importance of Storytelling to the historian's process, the ways in which political actors at the time viewed the relation between fate and choice, the role that masculine ...

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41 min

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

Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies, University of Wolverhampton, and a specialist on Britain at war 1914-45. He discusses the controversial figure of Douglas Haig, subject of his book 'Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory'.

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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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15 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.

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21 min

Dan Snow In Conversation with Peter Jackson

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson discusses 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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60 min

The Pendle Witch Child

The extraordinary story of the most disturbing witch trial in British history and the key role played in it by one nine-year-old girl.

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13 mins

Voices of the Victims: The Amud Aish Exhibition

Dan visits the Hasmonean High School in London, which took in refugee children escaping persecution. Join Dan Snow on an exclusive tour of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum's exhibition about children in the Holocaust.

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27 min

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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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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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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12 min

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. In this episode ...

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7 min

Snow in a Spitfire

The Spitfire is the most famous piston engine fighter plane. It played a vital part in the summer of 1940, keeping the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over Britain. Now Dan Snow, whose lifelong dream has been to fly in this beautiful plane, gets the chance to go up in a ...

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22 min

Black Five: The Last Days of Steam

A tribute to the age of steam. Shot mainly around Carnforth, Lancashire, which was one of the last steam engine sheds. The reminiscences and tales of the men who worked the engines and their attitudes to the passing of steam provide a background to views of a number of famous ...

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74 min

Make More Noise

A selection of silent films from the BFI National Archive that shows how the suffragette movement was portrayed on the cinema screen between 1899 and 1917.

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46 min

Dan Jones on the Knights Templar

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. From ...

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47 min

Art in Revolution

This programme follows the political situation in the USSR from 1917 to the death of Lenin, tracing the pattern of Soviet creativity during those years by linking the art of the time to the historical events from which it grew, and which it frequently sought both to depict and to stimulate.

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50 min

Armada: The Untold Story

This is the story of how Europe prepared for war as Tudor England stood on the brink of annihilation. Using exclusive access to a cache of 3000 newly discovered documents, we will journey deep inside the Royal corridors of power and into the front line of a battle where confusion and ...

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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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34 min

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

Archaeologists excavated the ancient past during peacetime, but in war they had a different mission - to play a vital role in modern military intelligence. 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 ...

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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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55 mins

37 Days: One Month in Summer

This three-part political thriller follows the catastrophic chain of events which led from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4 August 1914.

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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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Henry VIII: Mind of Tyrant

Henry's accession to the throne in 1509 was greeted with wild rejoicing. Tall, athletic, and handsome; after the reign of his father (who was found to be a dour, gloomy individual reputed for meanness), he filled the nation with hope. However, by his death 38 years later, he had earned the reputation ...

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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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In Search of Science with Brian Cox

In this series Professor Brian Cox is going in search of the best of British science. Introducing his science heroes, Brian visits the places where they made their discoveries, recreating their experiments and examining their legacy to their scientific descendants.

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46 min

Dan Jones on The Knights Templar

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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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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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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40 min

The Myth and Reality of Hitler’s Secret Police

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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38 min

The Holocaust – Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In his new book, 'The Holocaust: A New History', he combines eyewitness testimony, a large amount of which has never been published before, with the latest academic research, to create the first accessible and authoritative account of ...

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27 min

History of Everyday Life – Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner is the historical consultant to Horrible Histories and is the author of 'A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life'. Jenner explains it as a light-hearted history of everything since the stone age, because everyone who has ever lived has had to deal with ...

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36 min

Jim Peters – Sutton Hoo Shoulder Clasp

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. In this podcast Dr. ...

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52 min

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany – Norman Ohler

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. 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 German ...

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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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26 min

The Women Who Flew For Hitler

Throughout the Second World War Hitler's formidable Luftwaffe airforce terrorised Europe, but it could never have taken to the air without the top secret work done by its test pilots. In this exclusive interview author Clare Mulley tells us about two remarkable female test pilots, and the impact they had ...

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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 – Being Winston Churchill

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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