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History documentaries

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[...]

Dangerous Knowledge

Dangerous Knowledge, a two-part historical science documentary made in 2007 by British filmmaker David Malone which looks at the story of a group of the world most brilliant mathematicians who went insane in the pursuit of all seeing knowledge. Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel an[...]

The Great White Silence

HistoryNature Presenter Herbert Ponting 1924 Unrated

The Great White Silence, a 1924 documentary by British cinematographer Herbert Ponting which captures footage of the Terra Nova Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole between 1910 and 1913. It is probably the oldest footage you will see of Antarctica and as well as capturing the lan[...]

Night and Fog

Night and Fog, a 1955 documentary about the Nazi concentration camps by French director, Alain Resnais. The film was made ten years after the camps were shut down and features a lot of footage of their grounds interlaced with people talking about what it was like to survive them.   The ti[...]

The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence, a documentary by British-American director Joshua Oppenheimer about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia.   The film is considered by many to be one of the most powerful documentaries ever made, capturing unique insights from the perpetrators of the mass-killing and th[...]

After Auschwitz

History Presenter Kat Mace 2014 Unrated

The 2014 history documentary After Auschwitz by British documentary Filmmaker Kat Mace highlights the importance of remembering the horrors of the Nazi death machine in today's modern society.   For while we have moved on in many ways, there is still an enormous amount of discriminati[...]

The Last Man on the Moon

HistoryBiography Presenter Eugene Cernan 2016 Unrated

The last man to walk on the moon was NASA astronaut Gene Cernan who after three days on the surface conducting experiments left on December 14th, 1972, shortly before the Apollo project was shut down.   The 2016 "The Last Man on the Moon" documentary by British filmmaker Mark Cr[...]

Silicon Cowboys

HistoryTechnology Presenter Jason Cohen 2016 Unrated

Silicon Cowboys, a 2016 technology documentary following the extraordinary story of three friends who dreamt up the idea of the portable computer in the early 1980's.   In an age of the iPhone looking back to early days of modern computing is like looking into the stone age. But you c[...]

Stealing a Nation

Stealing a Nation, a 2004 documentary by veteran Australian journalist John Pilger which tells a story which has been hidden from history. In the 1960s and 70s, British governments, conspiring with American officials, tricked into leaving, then expelled the entire population of the Chagos islands in[...]

America Before Columbus

History Presenter Cristina Trebbi 2009 Unrated

This 2009 history documentary investigates in detail what Pre-Columbia America was really like. The typical view people have of America before the Voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492 is that it was some vast, largely uninhabited wilderness with a couple of small villages of indigenous people livi[...]

Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East

Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East, a 2011 war documentary series which covers many of the battles fought by the Soviet Union against the German army during the Second World War.   This starts in June 1941 when the German army invaded the USSR under a campaign codenamed "Operation Barbaro[...]

Ancients Behaving Badly

History Presenter Tom McCamus 2009 Unrated

Ancients Behaving Badly, an eight-part history documentary series by Canadian filmmaker Tom McCamus which explores the psychological behaviour of celebrities and rulers from the ancient world.   To make this investigation the documentary features experts on each era and is presented with[...]

Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden

The search for Osama bin Laden, headed by the CIA was a massive operation which took over 15 years to draw to a close, superseding a number of administrations. In 2011 the worlds most wanted man was found, killed and his body was dumped in the sea. There was a lot of public suspicion surrounding his[...]

Nukes in Space

Nukes in Space, a 1999 documentary by Peter Kuran with narration from American actor William Shatner (Star Trek) about the development of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in both Russia and the United States.   Kuran is known for his visual effect works on many high-profile m[...]

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