History Shows

Air Combat

Air Combat

Air Combat covers the history of military aviation from World War I to the present day, focusing on famous aerial engagements, heroic pilots and a dramatic array of aircraft from Harrier Jump Jets to B-52 Bombers.
26 Episodes
Beyond
The Road to World War II

The Road to World War II

This classic documentary series follows the events that inevitably sparked World War II, capturing the drama, the excitement and the juxtapositions of these crucial years between the end of World War I and Pearl Harbour.
16 Episodes
Reel
Combat at Sea

Combat at Sea

Combat at Sea combines exciting archival and modern footage with superior reporting to relive great sea battles, explore naval strategy and counter-strategy, and tell the stories of mighty warships and the men who commanded them.
13 Episodes
Beyond
The Mafia's Greatest Hits

The Mafia's Greatest Hits

The Mafia's Greatest Hits uncovers the extraordinary truth behind some of the Mafia's most notorious killers and reveals how the FBI and the forces of law and order took on organised crime and ultimately brought it down.
13 Episodes
Via Vision
Nazi Collaborators

Nazi Collaborators

This series looks at the many people who chose to collaborate with the Nazis. It's a simple question: How could they have done it?
13 Episodes
Via Vision
Nazi Hunters

Nazi Hunters

Nazi Hunters depicts the relentless hunt for war criminals who, after committing some of the most atrocious crimes in history, have avoided retribution... until now.
13 Episodes
Via Vision
Haunting: Australia

Haunting: Australia

Hailing from all corners of the globe, six of the best ghost hunters in the business have joined forces to investigate paranormal activity in Australia's most haunted locations.
8 Episodes
Flame
Generals At War

Generals At War

As commanders from the great battles of WWII go head-to-head on the battlefield, they attempt to outwit and outfight each other with strategic moves in a game of skill, bluff and counterbluff. With the lives of thousands of men at risk, the generals' reputations hanging in the balance, the stakes are impossibly high and the pressure is on.
6 Episodes
Reel
Alexander's Lost World

Alexander's Lost World

Following the course of the River Oxus (Amu Darya) for the first time, David Adams takes viewers on an extraordinary 2,400km journey through war-torn Afghanistan and Central Asia.
6 Episodes
Reel
Ancient Discoveries

Ancient Discoveries

Tantalising clues are making historians rethink the sophistication of ancient cultures. Explore ancient cars, superships, Egyptian warfare, ancient robots and more.
6 Episodes
Reel
The Story of Australia

The Story of Australia

The Story of Australia focuses on the heritage, diverse culture, industry, enterprise and unique natural features of Australia. High Definition footage, including underwater, aerial and special effects photography, is used to capture the world of Australia.
6 Episodes
Flame
21st Century War Machines

21st Century War Machines

The machines and weapons designed to fight the full-on heavy metal wars of the 20th Century now face a grim challenge: they must adapt or die.
5 Episodes
ABC
The Big House

The Big House

In a radical social experiment, we take one big house in Ireland and staff it up with the direct descendants of the men and women who lived and worked there - upstairs and downstairs.
4 Episodes
Flame
Wings At War

Wings At War

Wings At War tells the compelling story of the air war during World War Two when air power was established as a decisive weapon.
4 Episodes
ABC
Devil’s Brigade

Devil’s Brigade

Modern-day Special Forces troops from the US and Canada are brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s. Upon completion of the training, only those who pass will be ordered to reenact one of the key European FSSF missions in the Second World War.
4 Episodes
Monarch
Ultimate Battles

Ultimate Battles

Experience three of the most defining battles in the history of the World in these explosive documentaries; the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of the Bulge, and Alexander the Great's Battle of Guagamela.
3 Episodes
Ovation
Ancient Megastructures

Ancient Megastructures

Certain landmarks have captured the imagination and awe of modern-day architects and engineers around the world as they work to solve the mystery of how their ancient forebears were able to construct such beautiful, timeless and revolutionary structures with none of the machines and materials available to modern engineers.
3 Episodes
Reel
War Surgeons

War Surgeons

War surgeons have long faced the challenge of saving lives in the most difficult circumstances. This series follows the evolution of their work from ancient times to the present day battlefield.
3 Episodes
Reel
Woodstock Diary

Woodstock Diary

The Woodstock Diary is an enthralling fly on the wall documentary about the creation of Woodstock and of the actual three-day event itself.
3 Episodes
Reel
Australia on Trial

Australia on Trial

Through the prism of three of the most sensational trials of the 19th Century, Australia on Trial examines pivotal social battles that changed the fabric of Australian society.
3 Episodes
ABC
Cyclone Tracy

Cyclone Tracy

On Christmas Day 1974, the eye of Cyclone Tracy ripped through Darwin, leaving the city in ruins. Over 100 people were killed, 20,000 were left homeless, and 80 percent of the city's buildings were destroyed. It was the worst natural disaster in Australian history. This highly acclaimed, three part mini-series depicts the events of that terrifying Christmas, celebrating the spirit and courage of the people who survived the devastation.
3 Episodes
Umbrella
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero

Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero

Bill Bailey meets wildlife in Borneo and Indonesia to tell the story of Darwin's rival, Alfred Russel Wallace.
2 Episodes
BBC
Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen created a world that lived in the imagination. 'My Life as a Fairytale' is as humorous, emotional and entertaining as the master's immortal stories themselves.
2 Episodes
Reel
ANYDOKO Shorts

ANYDOKO Shorts

The best pieces of the world in bite-size format.
2 Episodes
ANYDOKO
The Gweilo

The Gweilo

Explore the best of Asia with The Gweilo.
2 Episodes
ANYDOKO
Imagineering

Imagineering

Redesigning the everyday - BBC Future works with top designers to rethink common objects and offer 21st Century solutions.
2 Episodes
BBC Future
All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

A series of films about how humans have been colonised by the machines we have built. Although we don't realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.
1 Episode
BBC
This World

This World

International investigative documentary series from the BBC.
1 Episode
BBC
Dream Wrecks

Dream Wrecks

Shipwrecks have fascinated us for centuries, with their watery resting places enticing divers to explore our past. Dream Wrecks looks at some of those stories.
1 Episode
Reel
Australian Adventurer

Australian Adventurer

Discover the best of Down Under.
1 Episode
ANYDOKO
This Is

This Is

Cinematic snapshots of our favourite places.
1 Episode
ANYDOKO
Future Thinking

Future Thinking

Renowned inventors, scientists and futurologists describe the big idea that they want to solve and how it can transform the world.
1 Episode
BBC Future
Ben Cropp's Wild Australia

Ben Cropp's Wild Australia

Ben Cropp swapped spear gun for camera in 1962, after winning six Australian spear fishing titles and representing Australia at the world titles.
1 Episode
Viewlorium

History Episodes

Partition: Time to talk about the legacy of empire?

Partition: Time to talk about the legacy of empire?

History isn't always an accurate record of what actually happened. It's said it's mostly written by the victors. So what are British children learning of The Partition of India in 1947 when more than a million died as Pakistan was created?
26mins
TRT World
NHS 70th anniversary marked in London and Manchester

NHS 70th anniversary marked in London and Manchester

The National Health Service's 70th anniversary has been marked by services in London and Manchester.
1min
Press Association
NHS: Number of nurses working in the NHS has increased almost five-fold

NHS: Number of nurses working in the NHS has increased almost five-fold

The number of nurses working in the NHS has increased almost five-fold in over the last seven decades.
2mins
News, , ,
Press Association
Red Arrows replica jet arrives in Downing Street

Red Arrows replica jet arrives in Downing Street

A life-sized replica of a Red Arrows jet has taken up position outside 10 Downing Street ahead of an event to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
28secs
Press Association
Suffragettes: 100 years of the vote for women - a brief history

Suffragettes: 100 years of the vote for women - a brief history

In the early years of the 20th century, many women were questioning their role and place in society, and demanding the right to vote. The suffragettes were a group of women who began to demonstrate publicly to draw attention to their cause.
2mins
Press Association
Jeremy Corbyn: Labour would pardon Suffragettes

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour would pardon Suffragettes

Suffragettes who were given criminal records in their battle for equality would be pardoned under Labour, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged.
1min
News, ,
Press Association
MP recalls horrific Holocaust memories "seared" into memory

MP recalls horrific Holocaust memories "seared" into memory

An MP has spoken of the Holocaust memories "seared" into him after the Nazis experimented on a relative. Labour's Alex Sobel (Leeds North West) said the Holocaust casts a "dark spectre" over his family.
1min
Press Association
This Is - This Is: Poland + Czech + Slovenia

This Is: Poland + Czech + Slovenia

Your travel inspiration for visiting Eastern Europe.
1min
Travel, ,
ANYDOKO
Pozieres

Pozieres

A captivating step back in time, Pozieres explores the small village in Northern France which, during the Great War in 1916, was the setting of one of the bloodiest battles in history, and a twentieth century tragedy for Australia.
52mins
Umbrella
Kangaroo

Kangaroo

DH Lawrence wrote Kangaroo as a semi-autobiographical account of his 1922 visit to Australia. The Somers leave Europe in the early Twenties for a new life in Australia, but they are soon enveloped in a web of political intrigue, adultery and murder.
100mins
Umbrella
Peter Allen - A Celebration

Peter Allen - A Celebration

The original Boy from Oz and international superstar Peter Allen captured the imagination of audiences from an early age. Singing alongside Chris Bell in the 1960s as half of The Allen Brothers, Peter was a born performer ready to take on the world.
169mins
Music, , ,
Umbrella
Besieged - The Ned Kelly Story

Besieged - The Ned Kelly Story

The exploits of Ned Kelly, Australian icon and notorious outlaw, raise questions of injustice and oppression. This documentary examines infamous bushranger's life and asks was he an outlaw, a freedom fighter or simply a murderer with a message?
52mins
Umbrella
Cyclone Tracy - Cyclone Tracy - Part 2

Cyclone Tracy - Part 2

On Christmas Day 1974, the eye of Cyclone Tracy ripped through Darwin. Over 100 people were killed, 20,000 were left homeless, and 80 percent of the city's buildings were destroyed. It was the worst natural disaster in Australian history.
98mins
History, , ,
Umbrella
Joan Sutherland in Performance

Joan Sutherland in Performance

Considered by many as one of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, Dame Joan Sutherland's achievements in the performing arts are indubitable. Her reputation is richly celebrated in this rarely seen live performance.
59mins
Music, ,
Umbrella
Cyclone Tracy - Cyclone Tracy - Part 1

Cyclone Tracy - Part 1

On Christmas Day 1974, the eye of Cyclone Tracy ripped through Darwin. Over 100 people were killed, 20,000 were left homeless, and 80 percent of the city's buildings were destroyed. It was the worst natural disaster in Australian history.
85mins
History, , ,
Umbrella
Cyclone Tracy - Cyclone Tracy - Part 3

Cyclone Tracy - Part 3

On Christmas Day 1974, the eye of Cyclone Tracy ripped through Darwin. Over 100 people were killed, 20,000 were left homeless, and 80 percent of the city's buildings were destroyed. It was the worst natural disaster in Australian history.
93mins
History, , ,
Umbrella
Erskineville Kings

Erskineville Kings

Haunting memories of youth converge as two brothers come to terms with their chequered past in Erskineville Kings, a powerful tale of sibling rivalry and hard-earned respect.
Umbrella
Ben Cropp's Wild Australia - Silent Warriors

Silent Warriors

The beautiful and isolated Solomon Islands were the scene for a bloody battle between the Japanese and the allied forces during 1942. Many lives were lost and the islands and surrounding seas are still covered in the debris of war.
52mins
Viewlorium
The Story of Australia - Living in Australia

Living in Australia

Hear the story of Australia's dynamic cities and the pastimes and pleasures of those who live in them.
Flame
The Story of Australia - Chinese-Australians

Chinese-Australians

From pioneers to today's high achievers, Chinese people have contributed in signifiant ways to Australia.
Flame
The Story of Australia - A Land Like No Other

A Land Like No Other

An introduction to everything that is special about Australia - the familiar and the less familiar features of our land, our flora and fauna, historical context and an insight into Indigenous culture.
Flame
The Story of Australia - Grown in Australia

Grown in Australia

From the wool industry to wine making, from organic farming to abalone production - explore the industry that has always had a special place in Australia.
Flame
The Story of Australia - Mined in Australia

Mined in Australia

Since the gold rushes, Australian mining has always been strongly linked to China.
Flame
The Story of Australia - Educated in Australia

Educated in Australia

Students from more than 150 countries come to Australia to be educated, with students from China the largest single international group.
Flame
Devil’s Brigade - Devil's Brigade - Part 4

Devil's Brigade - Part 4

Modern-day Special Forces troops from the US and Canada are brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s.
47mins
Monarch
Devil’s Brigade - Devil's Brigade - Part 1

Devil's Brigade - Part 1

Modern-day Special Forces troops from the US and Canada are brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s.
47mins
Monarch
Devil’s Brigade - Devil's Brigade - Part 2

Devil's Brigade - Part 2

Modern-day Special Forces troops from the US and Canada are brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s.
47mins
Monarch
Devil’s Brigade - Devil's Brigade - Part 3

Devil's Brigade - Part 3

Modern-day Special Forces troops from the US and Canada are brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s.
47mins
Monarch
Beyond Kokoda

Beyond Kokoda

One of the most brutal conflicts in Australian war history, the Kokoda Campaign was a powerful victory that directly saved Australia from the threat of Japanese occupation. These are the harrowing personal stories from the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea.
111mins
Umbrella
A Flickering Truth

A Flickering Truth

The remarkable story of exiled filmmaker Ibrahim Arify as he returns to his native Afghanistan, tasked with restoring 8,000 hours of lost films against Taliban wishes. Films burned and destroyed and thought never to be seen again - until now.
96mins
History, , ,
Umbrella
Princes of the Palace

Princes of the Palace

Princes of the Palace is the first major documentary to chart the lives of the British royal family's princes... Philip, Charles, William, Harry and young Prince George, as they've supported history's longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
89mins
History, , , ,
Umbrella
Australian Adventurer - Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Where you'll enjoy the best views of Sydney harbour.
1min
ANYDOKO
ANYDOKO Shorts - 24 Hours In Venice

24 Hours In Venice

Everything you need to know to spend an incredible 24 hours in Venice.
2mins
ANYDOKO
ANYDOKO Shorts - Boating In Amsterdam

Boating In Amsterdam

Join the fun on the famous canals.
2mins
ANYDOKO
The Gweilo - The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Gweilo finds out how great the great wall really is.
3mins
ANYDOKO
The Gweilo - The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha

The Gweilo finds out how big the Buddha really is.
3mins
ANYDOKO
Mabo: Life of an Island Man

Mabo: Life of an Island Man

A man ahead of his time, Eddie Koiki Mabo, left an indelible legacy to the people of Australia, reshaping the landscape and opening up possibilities that many never dreamed of.
87mins
Umbrella
When the Queen Came to Town

When the Queen Came to Town

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's maiden visit to Australia in 1954 marked the end of one era and the dawn of another. This documentary reveals how it touched the very fabric of Australian society and influenced attitudes toward the monarchy.
79mins
Umbrella
Imagineering - Olivetti’s Typewriter - The iMac of Its Day

Olivetti’s Typewriter - The iMac of Its Day

London’s Design Museum’s director Deyan Sudjic pays tribute to a 1960s machine which paved the way for beautiful, portable products.
2mins
BBC Future
Imagineering - Conran Imagines A Digital Camera with A Retro Spirit

Conran Imagines A Digital Camera with A Retro Spirit

A digital camera without a screen? In the second redesign of BBC Future’s Imagineering project, Conran senior designer Jared Mankelow imagines a snapper with old school features.
6mins
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Is World Peace Possible?

Is World Peace Possible?

We have witnessed fewer and fewer wars between countries since 1945, and so there is no reason to doubt that they could disappear like other horrifying acts.
4mins
BBC Future
Wings At War - Fight for Britain

Fight for Britain

Following the fall of France in June 1940, Britain was all but alone in Europe to carry on the fight against Nazi Germany.
52mins
ABC
Wings At War - Target Germany

Target Germany

In the spring of 1941 most of Europe was under German control. In the West only Britain remained in the fight. But it was largely a fight for survival.
52mins
ABC
Utopia Girls

Utopia Girls

Historian-presenter Dr Clare Wright tells the story of the extraordinary women who rose above the hardships and inequalities of late 19th century life to win for Australian women both the right to vote and stand for parliament.
52mins
History, , ,
ABC
Why ANZAC with Sam Neill

Why ANZAC with Sam Neill

Actor Sam Neill unravels the ANZAC century - its tough truths and enduring legends, revealing his own family's involvement in the ANZAC story for the first time.
1min
History, , ,
ABC
Wings At War - Liberation of Europe

Liberation of Europe

For many, the Normandy landings in June 1944 are most associated with the liberation of Europe. But it was almost exactly the year before that parts of mainland Europe began to throw off the Nazi yoke.
52mins
ABC
Wings At War - The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

Japan had been at war with China several years before the outbreak of the Second World War. As a result, her war machine was already up to speed as the wider conflict developed.
52mins
ABC
The Mystery Of Remote Ancestors

The Mystery Of Remote Ancestors

This documentary depicts the dramatic discovery of prehistoric civilisations in central China, which has challenged the prevailing archaeological wisdom about the geographical origin of the human species.
8mins
ABC