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History documentaries

A History of Britain

History Presenter Simon Schama 2000 Unrated

A History of Britain, a 15 part documentary series hosted by English historian Simon Schama looking at the history of the British Isles.    The documentary starts in ancient times, way back to 3000 BC and then moves on through the ages through to more recent times (1965) and the coll[...]

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve: A 2013 documentary about the US Federal Reserve created by American film editor Jim Bruce and narrated by actor Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).   This bank was set up 100 years ago and today it is one of the most powerful instituti[...]

The Riddle of Einstein’s Brain

The Riddle of Einstein’s Brain, a 2005 documentary presented by British theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili and British neurophysiologist Mark Lythgoe telling the story of how Einstein’s brain was removed at autopsy and then had an extraordinary journey across America in Tupperware cont[...]

The Art of Russia

HistoryArt Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon 2009 Unrated

The Art of Russia, a three-part documentary made in 2009 by British historian and art-critic Andrew Graham-Dixon looking into the wonderful history of art in Russia.

Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World

HistoryScience Presenter stephen Hawking 2010 Unrated

Genius of Britain, a 5-part documentary charting the history of some of Britain's most important scientists and innovators.   The main presenter is Theoretical Physicist & Cosmologist Stephen Hawking. Segments covering scientists in different fields of study are presented by those[...]

The Queens Coronation in Colour

The Queens Coronation in Colour, a 2018 documentary presented by Alexander Armstrong in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Queen of England.   The new colour footage brings justice to one of the most elaborate events in history that happened on a typical British summers day in 195[...]

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

TechnologyHistory Presenter Daniel Mross 2014 Unrated

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, a documentary examining the history of Bitcoin and its tremendous impact on society.   The film tells the story of Bitcoin through the eyes of Daniel Mross, a 35-year-old programmer from Pittsburgh. In 2011 he became obsessed with the cryptocurrency and today[...]

Egypt's Great Pyramid: The New Evidence

ArchaeologyHistory Presenter Paul Mcgann 2017 Unrated

Egypt's Great Pyramid: The New Evidence: The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and for more than 4000 years it was the tallest man-made structure in the world.   It is considered to be one of humankind's best achievements ever. Despite this, ve[...]

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

ScienceHistory Presenter Tom Hanks 2005 Unrated

Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon, a 2005 documentary by Mark Cowen which examines the story of the first 12 men on the Moon.   The film uses CGI, NASA footage and re-enactments with Tom Hanks (who played Commander Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 in "Apollo 13") narrating. &quo[...]

Why Big Oil Conquered the World

Why Big Oil Conquered the World: A feature-length documentary produced by James Corbett who operates the news website corbettreport.com about the history of the oil Industry.   On August 28, 1859, George Bissell and Edwin L. Drake made the first working oil drilling platform in Pennsylvan[...]

World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West

World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West, a six-part documentary narrated by British actor Samuel West which looks into the Soviet-German relations around the time of World War 2.   The film, which was created by historian Laurence Rees and writer Andrew Williams f[...]

Battlefield Britain

HistoryMilitary & War Presenter Dan Snow 2004 Unrated

Battlefield Britain, an 8-part documentary series presented by Dan Snow and his father Peter Snow that looks into many famous battles that helped shape the Great Britain we know today.   Peter talks through the setting of each battle and the military tactics that were used, while Dan goes[...]

The British Empire in Colour

History Presenter Art Malik 2002 Unrated

The British Empire in Colour, 2002 three-part documentary series which looks into the rise and fall of the British Empire, presented in restored colour footage.   The film primarily focuses on how the empire fell apart induced by how leaders of Britain handled major events such as World W[...]

This Sceptic Isle

Journalist and author for the Mail on Sunday Peter Hitchins examins the involvement of the United Kingdom with the European Union in "This Sceptic Isle".   When this documentary was made back in 2005 the UK was still handing much of its sovereign power to the "superstate&qu[...]

Here is a curated collection of high quality full-length history documentaries that you can watch online for free.