History documentaries

When Bankers Were Good

When Bankers Were Good is a one hour long documentary by popular British satirist and writer Ian Hislop about Victorian financiers. Bankers during that era achieved unprecedented levels of success but many were not entirely comfortable with their wealth at a time of great wealth disparity and a[...]

The Germans We Kept

The Germans We Kept is a BBC Timewatch programme from 2000 about German Prisoners of War (POWs) who were captured by Allied forces and imprisoned in camps in Great Britain but decided to remain in the country after the end of the Second World War. By 1946 there were over 400,000 prisoners of war in[...]

The Brits Who Fought for Hitler

A 2002 British documentary about British prisoners of war who were recruited by the Nazi’s to fight in their own Infantry unit of the Waffen-SS and served alongside the Nazi’s on the eastern front, the unit was initially called the ‘Legion of St George’ and later renamed the[...]

WWII in HD: The Air War

HistoryMilitary & War Presenter Rob Lowe 2010 Unrated

WWII in HD: The Air War is a feature-length 2010 history documentary which follows the story of three 8th Air Force airmen and the war reporter Andy Rooney for the year which led up to D-Day battle against the powerful German Luftwaffe. The documentary makes use of original color[...]

Weapons That Made Britain

A fascinating five-part documentary series from 2004 presented by Mike Loades, an expert in the history of weapons, it looks at the important role the development of increasingly advanced arms and armour played in key events in British history in the Middle Ages. Each one-hour-long episode focu[...]

A History of Christianity

History Presenter Diarmaid McCulloch 2009 Unrated

A six-part 2009 documentary series presented by Professor Diarmaid McCulloch, one of the worlds leading historians, it tells the story of the history of Christianity, explores what it means to be Christian in the modern day, and talks about what the future of Christianity may look like. Th[...]

History of Football: The Beautiful Game

HistorySport Presenter Terence Stamp 2002 Unrated

History of Football: The Beautiful Game was a stunning 2002 series which gave a comprehensive overview of the history of the game of football, in a global context. It starts at the origins of the game and shows how the sport has affected history in general, it was even responsible for the start of t[...]

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

History Presenter Pierce Brosnan 1990 Unrated

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a feature-length documentary narrated by movie star Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) exploring how the seven wonders of the ancient world were built and why.

Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told

Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told, a marathon 6-hour-long documentary by Dennis Wise providing a full biographical account of Hitler's life.   There are many documentary films that have examined Hitler's role as ruler of the Third Reich such as Hitler in Colour. When it[...]

The Untold History of the United States

SocietyHistory Presenter Oliver Stone 2012 Unrated

The Untold History of the United States, a 2012 documentary re-examining major political and military events in the United States through the 20th and 21st century in a way that the mainstream media did not cover.   The film is split into ten chapters starting with World War 2, offering a[...]

Britain's Most Historic Towns

History Presenter Alice Roberts 2018 Unrated

The 2018 Britain's Most Historic Towns documentary narrated by British Anatomist Alice Roberts looks at the history of Britain through its towns.   Britain has a long, ancient history and today some towns still exude their origins: York – Britain's Most Viking Town. Winc[...]

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[...]

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