A THOUSAND YEARS OF ROYALTY

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  • England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey

    1 season

    Jane was just a teenager when she ruled England for 9 days in 1553. As her Protestant supporters quickly abandoned her in favour of the Catholic Mary, she was convicted of high treason and executed together with her teenage husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, less than a month later.

  • Queen Mary

    Did Queen Mary, wife of George V do more to save the monarchy than any member of the Royal family?
    Grandmother to the current Queen, her influence may have been largely forgotten but her impact on Britain has been undeniable.

  • King George VI: Brother, Husband, King

    George VI: An unlikely King whose closest family relationships shaped him: from a brutal father to a brother whose actions forced George onto a throne that he never wanted.

  • Caligula

    How true are the extraordinary stories told about Caligula: The Tyrant of Rome?

  • Queen Victoria: In Her Own Words

    1 season

    Queen Victoria's journals reveal how she struggled to reconcile her different roles as monarch, wife and passionate lover, and mother to a growing brood of children.

  • Gentlemen: The Queen

    Made in 1953 by Rank Studios in celebration of the Queen's Coronation and narrated by Laurence Olivier, this fascinating documentary utilises contemporary newsreel to celebrate the Queen's life up to her ascension.

  • Charles I: To Kill A King

    1 season

    A momentous event in history, the trial and execution of King Charles I, an act that changed politics and power in England forever.

  • Discovering Royalty on Film

    An entertaining look at the critics top 25 films featuring Royal Stories throughout history on the silver screen. From 'The King's Speech' to 'The Last Emperor'. Will your 'favourite' make the cut?

  • The King in the Car Park

    What happened to the remains of King Richard III (1452-1485) after his death?
    Using the DNA of direct modern day descendants, archaeologists begin the search for his skeleton.

  • Richard III: The Unseen Story

    In this special follow-up programme to 'The King in the Car Park', the only television team with access to the dig and the scientific tests on the skeleton uses unseen footage and conducts two days of additional interviews to tell this extraordinary forensic detective story in even greater scient...

  • Charles I: The Downfall of a King

    1 season

    Historian Lisa Hilton discovers how, in just fifty tempestuous days, Charles I's rule collapsed, laying the foundations for civil war, the loss of royal power and, ultimately, the king's head.

  • Julius Caesar Revealed

    Julius Caesar is the most famous Roman of them all: brutal conqueror, dictator and victim of a gruesome assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC.

  • Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster

    1 season

    This sumptuous 3 part documentary series reveals Henry VIII like never before.
    What was it about Henry's personality that has made him Britain's most infamous King?

  • The Queen Mother's Blitz

    The Queen Mother's personality and determination made a remarkable difference to the war effort as did her fight to improve the British people's morale during the second world war. Her insistence that the royal family remain in London was so much more than a reassuring statement.

  • Private Lives of the Tudors: Gloriana

    Writer Tracy Borman explores the life of Elizabeth I, looking into her relationships with her closest attendants and her attitudes to, and treatment of, other women as well as her erotically charged love affairs and her love of tooth-rotting sugar.

  • Before They Were Royal: Wallis Simpson

    A profile of the young woman who was to change the course of the Royal family. Was she the scheming seductress or a clever, well-meaning woman who was simply unlucky in love?

  • Before they Were Royal: Princess Alice

    A great grand-daughter to Queen Victoria, Prince Philip's mother was born at Windsor Castle before her lifetime struggling with deafness, schizophrenia and exile.

  • The Royal Beat: The Real Bridgerton

    In the latest episode of The Royal Beat, Kate Thornton and guests discuss the accuracy of Bridgerton, the upcoming film Spencer about Princess Diana’s life as well as looking at the latest in Meghan’s legal action against the Mail on Sunday.

  • Secrets of the Royal Art Treasures

    The Royal Collection is the largest private art collection in the world and includes such treasures as Faberge Eggs, family portraits by old masters and contemporary artists and, of course, the priceless Crown Jewels.

  • Private Lives of the Tudors: The Court of Henry VIII

    Historian Tracy Borman takes us behind the closed doors of the Tudor court where sex and power and the very architecture of the palaces created a febrile, hothouse atmosphere in which scandals erupted on an almost daily basis.

  • Private Lives of the Tudors: The Wives of Henry VIII

    Historian Tracy Borman reveals intimate details about the tyrannical Henry VIII and his six wives: from how they lived, loved and died to the most minute of details of their everyday lives.

  • Albert: The Power Behind Victoria

    Was Albert really the true power behind Queen Victoria, Empress of India?

  • Royal Murder Mysteries: The Prince and The Ripper

    Rumour, speculation and scandal dogged the short life of Albert Victor, known as 'Eddy', the grandson of Queen Victoria. Most fascinating of all was that he was named a suspect in the infamous 'Jack the Ripper' murders of the late 19th century. Was this simply a case of mistaken identity or was i...

  • Royal Murder Mysteries: Death in the Valley

    During World War II, Kenya's Happy Valley was a hedonistic hideaway for society's Royal and Aristocratic elite where casual sex, drug taking and general debauchery were common.
    This is the true story of the life and mysterious murder of the most talked about and notorious member of the set; the 2...