History documentaries

The History of Political Correctness

SocietyPoliticalHistory Presenter 1994 Unrated

A 1994 C-span documentary examining the history of political correctness, an ideology that expanded in the late 20th century and has continued to expand through the 2010s.   Contrary to popular belief political correctness does not have its roots in 1960s hippy culture, but during the 193[...]

Dazzle: The Hidden Story Of Camouflage

Dazzle is a unique documentary film that examines the hidden history of camouflage.   Camouflage came to become tremendously significant in World War 1 with the development of Dazzle paintings. Dazzle consists of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting an[...]

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell: a 2018 documentary examining five fires that happened in tower blocks in the UK from the early 1970's to 2009.   The film specifically looks at the causes and investigations made afterwards and asks the question: if anything had been learned from thes[...]

Ghosts of the Abyss

EngineeringHistory Presenter Bill Paxton 2003 Unrated

In Ghosts of the Abyss actor Bill Paxton and director James Cameron travel 12,500 feet below the ocean surface to the final resting place of the "ship of dreams", Titanic.   This documentary features amazing footage of the Titanic nearly 100 years after it sunk as well as detail[...]

The God Who Wasn't There

History Presenter Brian Flemming 2005 Unrated

The God Who Wasn't There is a 2005 documentary by Brian Flemming, which begins with asking a simple question; did Jesus exist?   To answer this Flemming examines the New Testament of the Bible in great detail as well as early earlier elements of Christianity. What Brian uncovers is un[...]

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal

HistoryPolitical Presenter Robert Gordon 2015 Unrated

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal is a 2015 documentary by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, which looks at a series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.   This political battle attracted millions of viewers in the run-up to the pre[...]

Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory

ArtHistory Presenter Louis Lumière 1900 Unrated

Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory, a short black and white film made in 1895 by French cinematographer Louis Lumière, one of the worlds first filmmakers.   The movie simply shows people leaving a factory in France. Never the less it is considered by experts to be the wor[...]

Operation Bridge Rescue

EngineeringHistory Presenter Eric Meyers 2018 Unrated

Operation Bridge Rescue: Follow the race to rebuild the Old Blenheim Bridge in New York State, an icon of 19th-century American engineering, destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Watch a team of elite craftsmen faithfully reproduce the massive, intricate wooden structure under gruelling time pressur[...]

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, a documentary exploring how a web of secret jurisdictions captured wealth from around the world VIA the City of London and hid it in a web of offshore Islands.   Today, around half of all offshore wealth, estimated to be at least 50 trill[...]

The Woman in the Iron Coffin

History Presenter Jay O. Sanders 2018 Unrated

The Woman in the Iron Coffin, a 2018 documentary looking into the mystery of the remains of a woman found in Queens, New York in 2011.   In October of that year, construction workers uncovered a body that was almost perfectly preserved in an iron coffin. Assuming it was a homicide they ca[...]

How Steve Jobs Changed the World

Steve Jobs is easily the most recognisable figure in technology, for the company he founded in the 1970's, Apple, has revolutionised computing decade after decade.   In the 1980's Apple was a leader in the desktop computing revolution. During the 2000s under the command of Steve J[...]

The Hidden Art of Islam

ArtHistory Presenter Rageh Omaar 2012 Unrated

The Hidden Art of Islam, a 2012 documentary by British journalist Rageh Omaar exploring the cultural history of Islam through art.   Much of the artwork shown is located at the British Museum and paints a picture of the journey to Mecca, something forbidden to non-Muslims.

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[...]

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