On the 25th anniversary of Mandela's election, BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane goes back to examine his reports, and considers why history did not turn out the way he expected. Show more
Documentary in which journalist Kate Adie re-examines her historic coverage of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in June 1989. Show more
Janina is in Scandinavia, investigating the lost thousand-year-old ship that transformed the fierce reputation of the Vikings and became a symbol of a nation's fight for freedom.
James May asks the big questions about his body. How did I get my granny's chin? Why do I catch colds? And what will we look like a thousand years from now? Show more
Gabriel Weston examines how television has played a crucial role in documenting seismic shifts in British law and policing, from the death penalty to laws against homosexuality. Show more
Victorian society is often viewed as buttoned up and prudish. Historian and author Dr Fern Riddell holds the opposite view and takes us on a journey deep into Victorian culture. Show more
Documentary about the sinking of the Britannic during the First World War, examining how she ultimately came to suffer the same fate as her sister ship, the Titanic. Show more
How Britain's greatest treasure was found in an English country garden on the eve of WWII, shining a light into the Dark Ages and unlocking the mysterious story of how Anglo-Saxon culture was born. Show more
Janina is in Crete on the trail of the millionaire who discovered the mythical palace of the Minotaur and the first western civilisation, but who is now mired in controversy.
Was Cleopatra a seductress or a great politician? Shakespeare scholar Dr Islam Issa's exploration of why history and literature have recorded two very different Cleopatras. Show more
In light of the Covid-19 global outbreak, Professor Laura Ashe takes a look back at the literature on the Plague, starting with the 14th century when the Black Death was sweeping the globe. Show more
Alice Roberts joins the team excavating a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age village in the Cambridgeshire Fens that has been called the British Pompeii due to its state of preservation. Show more
Janina is in Turkey, tracking a young explorer who found the world’s oldest city and rewrote the beginning of civilisation – until his discovery became engulfed in scandal.
Helen Castor examines how the transformation of the rights and role of women that have taken place in Great Britain over the last 100 years has been documented on television. Show more
Military historian Saul David draws on classic Timewatch documentaries and a wide range of BBC archive to examine how television has portrayed Russia through the years. Show more
Janina Ramirez travels to Mexico, where, just before WWII, the discovery of giant stone heads led to a lost civilisation. Her journey is intercut with original technicolor footage. Show more
Alice Roberts shows how the Vikings' story has changed on TV since the 1960s, from being seen as brutal barbarians, to pioneering traders able to integrate into multiple cultures. Show more
David Olusoga examines fifty years of BBC documentary archives to try and discover why dictators can have such a powerful appeal and asks if our fascination has fed their power. Show more
How our attitude towards the age of exploration has changed, from marvelling at incredible tales of adventure to the consequences of conquest. Show more
Professor Danielle George uses five decades of BBC archive to find out how well disaster documentaries keep pace with scientific theories that advance every day. Show more