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1. Britain's Bloody Crown (2016– )

Not Rated | Drama, History

Using a combination of documentary and drama, historian Dan Jones tells the story of the War of the Roses - the 30 year civil war between the House of York and House of Lancaster that saw the crown change hands seven times.

Stars: Dan Jones, Steffan Boje, James Oliver Wheatley, Darren Bransford

Votes: 183

2. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 447

3. The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

This three-part documentary discovers the origins and beliefs of the Celts in artifacts and human remains across Europe. What emerges is not a portrait of wild people on the western fringes... See full summary »

Stars: Alice Roberts, Neil Oliver, Mike Loades, Nigel Meeks

Votes: 141

4. Medieval Lives (2004– )

240 min | Documentary, History

Terry Jones hosts this series that looks at the real facts about the Middle Ages and its roots.

Stars: Terry Jones, Peter Barber, Faye Getz, Robert Stone

Votes: 493

5. The Spartans (2004– )

175 min | Documentary, History

A history of the ancient Spartans, featuring historian Bettany Hughes as presenter and narrator.

Star: Bettany Hughes

Votes: 170

6. Henry VIII and His Six Wives (2016– )

Not Rated | 60 min | History

A series about Henry VIII and his wives, chronicling the ups and downs in his marriages and how they shaped his reign as King and ultimately the face of Britain.

Stars: Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb, Charlie Clements, Toby Osmond

Votes: 144

7. 1066: A Year to Conquer England (2017)

TV-PG | 180 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Drama-Documentary in which historian Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings.

Stars: Jotham Annan, Andrew Havill, Tom Holland, Adam James

Votes: 153

8. Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney (2017– )

180 min | Documentary, History

Neil Oliver, Chris Packham, Andy Torbet and Dr Shini Somara follow the work of archaeologists from around the world who are working on one of Europe's largest digs that is reshaping the map of Stone Age Britain.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Chris Packham, Shini Somara, Andy Torbet

Votes: 30

9. Secrets of Great British Castles (2015– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History

Historian Dan Jones explores the millennium of history behind six of Great Britain's most famous castles: Warwick, Dover, Caernarfon, the Tower of London, Carrickfergus, and Stirling.

Stars: Dan Jones, Christophe Lombardi, Jay Dee, Ronald Hutton

Votes: 627

10. A History of Scotland (2008–2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

A documentary charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Grace Beagan, James Fleming, Scott Glynn

Votes: 302

12. A History of Ancient Britain (2011– )

TV-G | Documentary

Neil Oliver tells the epic story of how Britain and its people came to be over thousands of years of ancient history - the beginnings of our world forged in ice, stone, and bronze.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Alison Sheridan, Paul Bahn, Martin Bell

Votes: 147

13. Elizabeth I (2017)

180 min | Drama, History

Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

Stars: Lily Cole, Vincent Kerschbaum, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones

Votes: 184

14. A History of Celtic Britain (2011)


In four chapters, largely based on and illustrated with archaeological finds and sites, Neil Oliver explains how, as far as is known, the Iron Age Celtic tribes known as the Ancient ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Oliver, Barry Cunliffe, Philip Crummy, Andy Deane

Votes: 80

15. The Worst Jobs in History (2004– )

45 min | Documentary

Tony Robinson visits various periods in history, literally getting involved in the worst jobs our ancestors had to endure.

Stars: Tony Robinson, Damian Brooke, Jonathan Foyle, Marc Meltonville

Votes: 235

16. Vikings (2012– )

59 min | Documentary

Vikings is a documentary series written and presented by Neil Oliver charting the rise of the Vikings from prehistoric times to the empire of Canute.

Star: Neil Oliver

Votes: 194

17. Last Will & Testament (2012)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Mystery

This documentary explores the ongoing debate about the authorship of the works attributed to Shakespeare. Writers and critics, actors and scholars, including Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, ... See full summary »

Directors: Laura Wilson, Lisa Wilson | Stars: Jonathan Bate, Charles Beauclerk, William Boyle, Michael Cecil

Votes: 165

18. The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (2012– )

Documentary, History

Christianity slowly emerged from being a persecuted minority to the state religion of the Roman Empire. This episode is a history of the ways believers grappled with a way to depict Jesus. ... See full summary »

Stars: Shaun Greenhalgh, Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 153

19. Divine Women (2012– )

59 min | Documentary

Bettany Hughes looks into the role of women in the history of religion.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Kate Cooper, Edith Hall, Yvonne Morin Marrero

Votes: 26

21. Alexandria: The Greatest City (2010 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, too look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and culture hubs of the... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Salima Ikram, Colin Clement, Emanuela Kulicka

Votes: 103

22. The Plantagenets (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

The story of England's longest ruling dynasty, starting with Henry II and ending with Richard III.

Star: Robert Bartlett

Votes: 137

23. The Greeks (2016– )


They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul, and captured ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Leonard Moore, Bettany Hughes

Votes: 93

24. Genius of the Ancient World (2015– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China, profiling Buddha, Socrates and Confucius, the three greatest thinkers of antiquity.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Seewalee Bhante, Shirley Chan, Michael Cosmopoulos

Votes: 306

25. A History of Britain (2000–2002)

60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

Stars: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 745

26. When the Moors Ruled in Europe (2005)

PG | 102 min | Documentary

This program contends that the popular perception of the Muslim occupation of Spain toward the end of the first millennium is largely wrong. The eighth century Muslim invasion of the ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Copestake | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Antonio Almagro, Moussa Aouni, Pedro Chalmeta Gendrón

Votes: 151

27. The Saint & the Hanged Man (2008 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, History

A look at a case from 1307 Hereford in which a Catholic holy court convened to decide whether or not a dead English bishop should be made a saint following several alleged miracles, the most notable being the resurrection of a hanged man.

Director: Susan Horth | Stars: Rob Brydon, Hamish MacLeod, Robert Bartlett, Ifor Rowlands

Votes: 5

29. The Normans (2010– )

Not Rated | Documentary

British history professor Robert Bartlett explains, mainly on historical sites and illustrated with authentic artifacts, the eventful history of the Normans, some of the Norse men (Vikings)... See full summary »

Star: Robert Bartlett

Votes: 152

31. The Story of Ireland (2011– )

59 min | Documentary

The series aims to explore Irish history using the historical facts and evidence while charting the origin and impact of the numerous myths that have been passed off as history in the past.... See full summary »

Stars: Fergal Keane, Roy Foster, Tom Ó Loughlin, Donnchadh O'Corrain

Votes: 46

32. Empire (2012– )

Not Rated | 303 min | Documentary

Written and presented by English broadcaster, journalist, and author Jeremy Paxman, this richly detailed documentary follows the rise of the British Empire. At its height, the small island ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Paxman, Sara Agassi, Salam Al Atrash, Sadiq Al-Mahdi

Votes: 113

33. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 436

34. The Story of Wales (2012– )

58 min | History

Huw Edwards presents this history of Wales, showing the country in ways it's never been seen before. From prehistoric times, to power struggles with the barons, and England, through to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Huw Edwards, Michael Austin, Lee Jessup, Tim Ellwood

Votes: 51

35. Edward and Mary: The Unknown Tudors (2002– )

94 min | Documentary, History

Mary (who was to become England's first reigning Queen since Matilda but who is best known to generations of British schoolchildren as Bloody Mary) was the first born child of Henry VIII. ... See full summary »

Stars: David Starkey, Rachel Jenkins, Tim Wright, Emilie Smith

Votes: 45

36. Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A dramatised documentary detailing the bitter feud between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. The two Queens never met, but communicated for many years via letter. Mary's turmoil is ... See full summary »

Director: Renny Bartlett | Stars: Nicholas Agnew, Helen Bradbury, Adam Burton, Beth Cooke

Votes: 54

37. In Search of Medieval Britain (2008– )

30 min | Documentary, History

Art historian Alixe Bovey follows the Gough Map, the oldest surviving road map of Britain, in search of the country as it was in the medieval era.

Star: Alixe Bovey

Votes: 9

38. The Real War of Thrones (2017)


In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fought for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields - but the ... See full summary »

Star: Dan Jones

Votes: 39

39. Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty (2014– )

Documentary, Biography, History

Docudrama series with author Dan Jones. It follows the period from control freak king Henry II to the tyrant king Richard II.

Stars: Dan Jones, Julie Barrau, Cosmin Dominte, Cezar Grumazescu

Votes: 243

40. Britain's Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018)

60 min | Documentary, History

Actor and history enthusiast Tony Robinson examines six monumental British cathedrals, their history and the treasures that they house.

Stars: Tony Robinson, John Sentamu

Votes: 13

41. The Real Macbeth (2001 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Tony Robinson takes a look at the facts behind the myth of Shakespeare's Macbeth, and finds a quite different character and story to that created by the 'Bard of Avon'.

Director: David Willcock | Star: Tony Robinson

Votes: 6

44. Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013– )


Simon Reeve retraces the adventures of our ancestors, and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage - including the vice, thrills and dangers that awaited travellers.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 52

46. Britain AD: King Arthur's Britain (2004– )


Francis Pryor reveals that the Roman invasion of Britain was a beneficial experience.

Stars: Francis Pryor, Robin Cook, Helen Geake, David Howlett

Votes: 17

48. England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey (2018)

Documentary, History

Historian Helen Castor pieces together the story of Lady Jane Grey, the teenage girl who reigned as Queen of England for nine days in July 1553.

Stars: Lainy Boyle, Robin Jones, Henrihs Ahmadejevs, Ashley Gyngell

Votes: 58