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.

  • 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.

  • The Tudor Navy: The Mary Rose To The Armada

    The mighty Tudor navy was the might that defeated the Spanish Armada, amongst them the behemoth Mary Rose, now raised and preserved in all her glory.

  • 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.

  • King Arthur: The Legend

    The legend of King Arthur still fascinates centuries later but what truth lies behind the story?

  • 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?

  • Life in Victorian Times

    The Victorian era was one of the most remarkable in British history, seeing huge advances in medicine and education alongside the birth of the Empire. It was also a time when harsh working conditions and desperate poverty blighted the lives of the majority of the people in the country.

  • Diana: Who Do You Think She Was?

    Diana: Who Do You Think She Was? is a truly innovative exploration of the Princess of Wales' extraordinary heritage over thousands of years, which asks the question: Was Diana actually more royal than the Royals?

  • The English Civil Wars

    The English Civil Wars stemmed from a conflict between Charles I and Parliament over an Irish insurrection. Northern and Western England, together with much of Ireland stood for the King, while the southeast, London, the Royal Navy and Scotland stood for Parliament.

  • Sir Walter Raleigh and the Orinoco disaster

    Raleigh's meteoric rise was followed by a slow and tragic fall from grace, which would ultimately end with the Orinoco disaster and death on the executioner's block. His story is inextricably linked to the dark intrigues and political maneuvering that characterised the close of Elizabeth I's reign.

  • 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.

  • The War of the Roses

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  • 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?

  • Great Lives: Horatio Nelson

    Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronte was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British victories particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was fatally shot during his vic...

  • 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.