History

  • A Day that Shook the World

    1 season

    These are the days on which political revolutions, technological breakthroughs, and sporting triumphs took place. From the funeral of Queen Victoria to iconic events like the Hindenburg airship disaster, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Asian Tsunami and the 2012 Olympic bid. Narrated by John Humphrys.

  • A Day That Shook the World – Atrocity

    Including: Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland, IRA bombs British Cabinet at Brighton, Bosnian Crisis, 150 die in Oklahoma terrorist attack, September 11th, Beslan school siege, and London bombings.

  • A Day That Shook the World – Civil Unrest & Protest

    Including: Emily Davison throws herself under the King's Derby Horse, start of UK general strike, Martin Luther King delivers "I have a dream" speech, Grosvenor Square anti-Vietnam riots, Paris Riots, Heysel Stadium riots, Tienanmen Square Massacre, Ceausescu Overthrown, Soviet coup failed, Los A...

  • A Day That Shook the World – Cold War

    Including: Berlin Airlift begins, Mao's communists take over in China, Korean War starts, French surrender at Dien Bien Phu, Soviets crush Hungarian Revolt, erection of the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviets put down Prague Spring, Berlin Wall comes down, and official end of The Cold War ...

  • A Day That Shook the World – Cultural Milestones

    Including: Suzanne Lenglen breaks Wimbledon record, American golfer Bobby Jones wins grand slam, Roger Bannister breaks four minute mile, Pele's World Cup final performance thrills crowds, Beatles return from States in triumph, death of Mother Teresa, the Millennium, Pope John Paul II dies, Londo...

  • A Day That Shook the World – Disasters

    Including: Hindenburg airship crash, Le Mans 24 race disaster, Manchester United players die in air crash, Aberfan slag heap buries school, Donald Campbell dies, Ethiopian famine, Challenger spacecraft explodes, Chernobyl disaster, Zeebrugge ferry disaster, Lockerbie Pan-Am jet explosion, Exxon V...

  • A Day That Shook the World – Middle East

    Including: Suez invasion, Six-Day War begins, Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile, British SAS storm Iranian Embassy in London, America attacks Libya, Iraq invade Kuwait, Desert Storm - Gulf War, Arab Israeli peace agreement, Battle of Tora Bora, Fall of Iraq, Saddam Capture, and Israeli invasi...

  • A Day That Shook the World – Political Shockwaves

    Including: Irish Free State treaty signed, Battle of the Somme, abdication of the Tsar Nikolas, Hitler becomes German Chancellor, Labour's landslide election win, India and Pakistan gain independence, Khrushchev denounces Stalin, Kennedy inauguration, Kennedy assassinated, Nixon first US presiden...

  • A Day That Shook the World – Royals

    Including: Queen Victoria's funeral, Edward VIII abdicates, British Royal Family in crisis, Windsor Castle damaged by fire, the Prince and Princess separate, Princess of Wales dies in Paris car crash, funeral of Diana, and Charles and Camilla wed.

  • A Day That Shook the World – Science & Innovation

    Including: The Wright Brothers' first flight, Charles Lindbergh flies the Atlantic solo, first Atomic Bomb test in New Mexico, Britain explodes first Atomic Bomb, launch of first nuclear submarine, first nuclear power station, first hovercraft run, Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space, Con...

  • A Day That Shook the World – World War Two

    Including: Hitler annexes Austria, Germany invades Poland, evacuation of Dunkirk, London Blitz begins on civilian targets, Pearl Harbor attacked, Battle of El Alamein begins, Fall of Stalingrad - German Army Surrenders, D-Day Landings, liberation of Paris, Big Three meet at Yalta to carve up post...

  • Ageless Iraq

    Documentary about life in Iraq - political history, religion, traditions, industry - as it was in 1954.

  • Ancient Worlds Brought to Life

    1 season

    Even though their greatest achievements now lie in dust and ruin, the lifestyles, ambitions and wars of ancient civilisations continue to find life as we rediscover and learn about them. This series attempts to recreate some of the greatest civilisations for the viewer using 3D maps, interviews w...

  • Ancient Worlds Brought to Life – Ancient Greeks

    Discover how the pursuit of sporting perfection helped Ancient Greeks attain immortality and how the lost pharaoh, Akhenaten, written out of history, "lives" again thanks to modern technology.

  • Ancient Worlds Brought to Life – Carthage, Rome and the Incas

    Even though their greatest achievements now lie in dust and ruin, the lifestyles, ambitions, and wars of ancient civilisations continue to find life as we rediscover and learn about them. This series attempts to recreate some of the greatest civilisations for the viewer using 3D maps, interviews ...

  • Ancient Worlds Brought to Life – Minoans, Pompeii and the Mayans

    Even though their greatest achievements now lie in dust and ruin, the lifestyles, ambitions, and wars of ancient civilisations continue to find life as we rediscover and learn about them. This series attempts to recreate some of the greatest civilisations for the viewer using 3D maps, interviews ...

  • A Year to Remember

    1 season

    The classic series that recalls the definitive events of the 20th century, year by year, as they were reported at the time.

  • A Year To Remember - 1930

    In this episode: - Stock market crash- Britain's second Labour government- Gandhi becomes national figure- Pathé sport - the birth of motor racing- World's winter sports- Grand Prix de Paris

  • A Year To Remember - 1931

    In this episode: - Charlie Chaplin becomes a celebrity- America's Great Depression- World speed record broken at Daytona Beach- Gangster warfare in the USA- The George Washington Bridge opened- Longest telephone call in the world

  • A Year To Remember - 1932

    In this episode: - FDR’s New Deal- Amelia Earhart hailed as world's foremost aviator- Hindenburg re-elected as president of Germany- Washington hunger marches- Germany: Adolf Hitler, with growing support on the streets, waits in the wings- Glendale, US aviation's latest wonder

  • A Year To Remember - 1933

    In this episode:- The Reichstag burns- Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor- Benito Mussolini tightens his iron grip on the Italian dictatorship- Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president of the USA- Widespread flooding- England wins the Ashes

  • A Year To Remember - 1934

    In this episode: - The consolidation of the fascist heart of Europe- Hitler takes the title of Fuhrer- Night of the Long Knives- Aviation’s latest plane, “The Umbrella”, makes successful test flight- France: The government faces riots and strikes- Europe begins to take the fascists seriously & te...

  • A Year To Remember - 1935

    In this episode: - Mussolini puts his imperial ambition into practice- USA: Depression effects are still felt- USA: The infamous dust bowl scars the land- India: An earthquake kills 20,000 people- The San Francisco Bay Bridge opens, which will be the largest in the world- Europe’s fragile stabili...

  • A Year To Remember - 1936

    In this episode: - Spain: Civil war breaks out- Germany: Hitler hosts the Olympic games- Politically, Germany begins to strain against its borders- British attention firmly focused on a new King- Edward VIII succeeds George V, who died at the beginning of the year- Edward, when Prince of Wales, h...