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1. The Great War (1964)

40 min | Documentary, History, War

One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Emlyn Williams, Marius Goring

Votes: 631

2. The World at War (1973–1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 23,054

3. Michael Wood's Story of England (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

In each episode, English historian Michael Woods's team sheds an original light on a major period in British history. However, instead of a merely descriptive approach, they attempt to ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Wood, Carenza Lewis, Chris Dryer, Bob Holman

Votes: 89

4. The Normans (2010)

Not Rated | 58 min | 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: 196

5. James May on the Moon (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

James May commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.

Director: Paul King | Stars: James May, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, Harrison Schmitt

Votes: 216

6. James May's Big Ideas (2008– )


James May travels the globe in search of implementations for concepts widely considered science fiction.

Stars: James May, Alan Chow, Peter Frankel, Hiroshi Ishiguro

Votes: 265

7. Toy Stories (2009–2014)
Episode: Action Man at the Speed of Sound (2014)


James May attempts to send erstwhile doll, Action Man, supersonic without the aid of a military jet fighter.

Director: Tom Whitter | Stars: James May, Sim Oakley, Russ Strand

Votes: 45

8. Toy Stories (2009–2014)

60 min | Documentary

James May travels all over Britain to show the origins of some toys, and creates amazing things with them.

Stars: James May, Sim Oakley, Oz Clarke, Tiff Needell

Votes: 988

9. 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: 326

10. 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: 484

11. A World in Arms (2001– )

150 min | Drama

From the French revolution in 1789 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, two great empires battled over land and sea and ideology.

Stars: Christopher Birch, Alan Charlesworth, Francis Kennedy, Paul Reynolds

Votes: 9

15. 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: 796

16. Civilisation (1969–1970)

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary, History, Music

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Ian Richardson, Ronald Lacey, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 801

17. The Ascent of Man (1973)

50 min | Documentary, History

An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

Stars: Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice, Stefan Bor-Grajewicz

Votes: 744

18. America (1972–1973)

60 min | Documentary, History

An account of the birth and development of the United States.

Star: Alistair Cooke

Votes: 100

19. Stephen Fry in America (2008)

60 min | Documentary

English actor-comedian Stephen Fry travels through the US regions by London cab.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Russell Means, Ted Turner, Tom Allman

Votes: 1,670

20. Coast (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

The story of the coastline of the UK and her near neighbours.

Stars: Nicholas Crane, Mark Horton, Neil Oliver, Miranda Krestovnikoff

Votes: 327

22. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 14,502

23. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Votes: 5,624

24. Walking with Cavemen (2003)

120 min | Documentary, History

The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution.

Stars: Robert Winston, Alec Baldwin, Christian Bradley, Alex Palmer

Votes: 1,244

25. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 17,476

27. James May's 20th Century (2007– )


James May covers various inventions and discoveries over the past century and discusses their implications on our daily lives.

Stars: James May, Hilary Alexander, John Blaha, Rod Bowden

Votes: 295

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