History Documentaries

Murder in Rome

This is a dramatized documentary of a famous Roman murder trial which established the law career of Cicero. Cicero is up against one of the finest prosecutors in the city – Erucius.

Watch Now
Columbus – The Lost Voyage

The true story of Christopher Columbus was not only one of victorious discovery; it was also marked by disaster, accusation, and betrayal.

Watch Now
The Empire State Building Shall Rise

The Empire State Building should never have been built. Constructed during the Great Depression, this icon of the New York skyline stood as the tallest building in the world for over 40 years.

Watch Now
When Bankers Were Good

Ian Hislop presents an entertaining and provocative film about the colourful Victorian financiers whose spectacular philanthropy shows that banking wasn’t always associated with greed or self-serving financial recklessness.

Watch Now
Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure

Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure is a documentary film that tells the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s now-legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Watch Now
The Brooklyn Bridge: A Documentary

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous and beloved modern bridges in the world. This personalized documentary treats the bridge as an organic, living creature.

Watch Now
The Silk Road

Glories of Ancient Chang-An The Silk Road or Silk Route refers to a network of interlinking trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa.

Watch Now
Architecture of Doom

An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions.

Watch Now
The Hunt for Hitler’s Scientists

In the closing months of World War II, defeat was imminent for the Germans. The invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 – D-Day – opened a second Allied front, and the Allies began overtaking a host of German positions; Paris was liberated on August 25; Romania and Bulgaria surrendered in quick succession.

Watch Now
2210: The Collapse?

Imagine if hundreds of years from now, scientists excavated the abandoned ruins of some of our largest cities, what conclusions would they come to?

Watch Now
America Before Columbus

History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there.

Watch Now
Laughing With Hitler

This documentary looks at the clampdown on satire and other undesirable comedians as the Third Reich grew in power. The plight of specific groups (or “art”) tends to get lost in the scale of the much bigger human cost of WWII.

Watch Now
Islam: Empire of Faith

Episode 1: The Messenger What is Islam? Who is Muhammad? This is the first of 3 part documentary narrated by Ben Kingsley about Islam and attempts to answer these questions.

Watch Now
Coolies: How Britain Reinvented Slavery

The slave trade was officially abolished throughout the British Empire in 1807. This documentary reveals one of Britain’s darkest secrets: a form of slavery that continued well into the 20th century – the story of Indian indentured labour.

Watch Now
Soul of the Samurai

Why has the samurai sword always been such a powerful symbol of Japanese culture? Dr. Inazo Nitobe, the man pictured on Japan’s 5,000-yen note, tries to answer the question.

Watch Now
Riddle of the Sphinx

At 57m long, 6m wide and 20m high, the Great Sphinx at Giza is the largest single-stone sculpture in the world.

Watch Now