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Michael Portillo gets close to some Victorian botany at Kew Gardens, tries his hand at croquet and discovers a surprising 19th-century place of worship. Show more
Dr Ben Robinson retraces the dramatic last days of King John, famous for accepting Magna Carta, and uncovers the legend of his lost treasure. Show more
Neil Oliver reveals the story of Thomas Blake Glover, who helped rebel samurai clans lay the foundations for one of the most powerful economies in the world. Show more
Pompeii: one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. People know how its victims died, but this film sets out to answer another question - how did they live? Show more
Ros Savill tells the story of Sevres porcelain, which represent the skills of 18th-century France as well as the desires of an autocratic regime that was heading for revolution. Show more