• The Stuarts: King Charles I I

    King Charles I succeeded his father James I in 1625 from when political and religious upheaval dogged his reign before his authoritarian rule eventually led to civil war and ultimately his execution.

  • The Stuarts: King James I

    Following the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, King James VI of Scotland claimed her throne along with a new title: King James I of England.
    During his bloody reign he faced numerous attempts on his life including the nefarious Gunpowder Plot and the continuing 30 years war on the continent.

  • The Stuarts: King Charles II

    Oliver Cromwell's commonwealth came to an end soon after his death and, in 1660, the exiled King, Charles, returned to London with an enormous fanfare only to face the dual tragedies of the worst outbreak of plague in generations and the Great Fire of London.

  • The Stuarts: King James II

    In 1685 King James II succeeded his brother to the throne. As the last of the Stuart Kings he would reign for only 3 years until none other than his own daughter, Mary, brought about his downfall.

  • Albert: The Power Behind Victoria

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

  • A Tale Of Two Sisters: Anne Boleyn And Mary

    Anne has been celebrated and damned as both a schemer and a victim while her Sister Mary is often dismissed as a fool and a trollop. This documentary seeks to uncover their real stories.

  • A Tale Of Two Sisters: Elizabeth I And Mary

    Mary was the short-lived, little-favoured Catholic, Elizabeth the long-reigning, all-admired Protestant. Or so history has told us but do these two daughters of Henry VIII have more in common than meets the eye?

  • Medieval Murder Mysteries: Arthur, The Boy Who Should have been King

    In 1190, aged just 3, Arthur, Duke of Brittany was designated heir to the throne of England by his uncle, Richard I in preference to Richard's own brother John. Upon Richard's death, however, he named John his successor fearing that Arthur was too young to rule. Was Arthur's subsequent death John...

  • Medieval Murder Mysteries: The Queen, Her Lover and His Wife

    Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I from her accession until his death. He was a suitor for her hand for many years and, even as a married man, sparked endless gossip in court with the endless attention that he lavished upon the Queen.
    Ironically, however, it wa...

  • Medieval Murder Mysteries: The Princes in the Tower

    In 1483, Edward V, King of England aged 13 was deposed by his uncle,Richard III and soon afterwards disappeared from his heavily guarded royal lodgings in The Tower of London along with his 9 year old brother, Richard, Duke of Norfolk.

  • Medieval Murder Mysteries. Marlowe: Death in Deptford

    In Deptford, London in 1593, aged just 29, the brilliant but controversial young playwright, Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death. Was this simply a drunken brawl over a bill or did Queen Elizabeth I order his assassination over his subversive, atheistic behaviour?

  • Medieval Murder Mysteries. Edward II: A Mysterious Death

    In January 1327 Edward II was forced to abdicate his throne in favour of his 14 year old son Edward III and was then incarcerated at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. He died there 6 months later possibly in the most gruesome of manners.

  • Medieval Murder Mysteries. A Death in the Dynasty

    Tragedy struck the Papal household in 1497 when Pope Alexander VI's favourite son, Juan, was murdered. Aged 23 he was last seen leaving a feast in Rome. The following morning his horse returned riderless. A search party sent out by his frantic father found his body in the Tiber with a slit throat...

  • A Tale Of Two Sisters: Elizabeth II And Margaret

    It has been said that no two sisters were ever less alike. One reserved and proper, the other lively and controversial. One the anchor of a commonwealth of nations, the other searching for purpose in life.
    But what of the real women beyond the royal splendour, the balcony and cheering crowds?

  • The First Windsors

    In 1917 with British casualties mounting on the battlefields of France, and anti-German sentiment on the rise at home, King George V together with his powerful wife was forced to change the Royal Family name to Windsor and a new dynasty was born.

    Proud to be king of 'a wonderful people' the fir...

  • Elizabeth I, Killer Queen

    Did a controversial affair between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley lead to a savage murder? We explore remarkable new evidence suggesting that Dudley’s wife, Amy Robsart was assassinated so that her husband could be free to marry the Queen.

  • The Elizabethan War on Terror

    This is the story of England’s greatest spy who pioneered covert espionage techniques to foil a terror plot to murder Elizabeth I, and to engineer the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

    In a gripping day-by-day account of the action, using dramatised scenes and location interviews with top histor...

  • Royal Secrets: Edward and Mrs Simpson

    The extraordinary story of the first monarch in British history to voluntarily give up his throne.

  • Royal Secrets: For King and Country

    The year is 1936 and Europe is in the grip of Adolf Hitler. In the UK, the Royal family is also in turmoil as the Duke of York reluctantly inherits the Throne and his duty as Britain's war time King.

  • The Windsors at War - Leading By Example

    Prince Andrew talks frankly about serving his country in the Falklands conflict and what it’s like to face your own mortality.
    Prince Edward’s decision to leave his Royal Marine training is examined.

  • Wallis: The Queen That Never Was

    Born into an era when to marry a divorcee was unacceptable for a monarch, this documentary examines the life of the woman for whom a King gave up his throne.

  • Walking Tudor England

    1 season

    Walking Tudor England with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

  • Rome: Empire Without Limit

    1 season

    What made the Romans special, and why were they able to build empires at such a large scale?

  • Anne Boleyn: Arrest, Trial, Execution

    1 season

    Tracy Borman delves into the incredible and tragic story of Henry VIII's second wife.