History documentaries

From the dawn of civilization to the emergence of modern-day superpowers, BBC Select hosts a wide-ranging collection of world history documentaries. If you live in the US or Canada, you can sign up to watch these BBC history documentaries hosted by the likes of Bettany Hughes, Lucy Worsley, Simon Schama and David Olusoga today.

Napoleon

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This epic 3-part BBC Napoleon documentary sees Andrew Roberts retrace the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte to learn about the life of the legendary French leader.

With access to a unique archive of personal letters, historian Andrew Roberts brings the story of Napoleon vividly to life.

As he retraces the footsteps of the legendary leader, he sheds new light on Napoleon as an extraordinarily gifted military commander and mesmeric leader, whose private life was, contrary to popular belief, littered with disappointments and betrayals.

D-Day

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The planning for the Allied invasion against the Nazi forces on June 6th 1944 took two years, cost thousands of lives and involved a deception of breathtaking audacity.

Presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, this extraordinary D Day documentary explores the story in full.

With personal testimonies and compelling drama, this two-part World War II series recreates the biggest seaborne invasion in history.

Armada: The Untold Story

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When Elizabeth I ascended to the English throne in 1558, she rejected Philip II, Emperor of Spain, as a suitor. Thirty years later, he would lead a huge invasion force against her, seeking to depose Elizabeth and bring Protestant England back into the Catholic fold. It was a decision that would define them both.

Historian Dan Snow looks at this monumental time in European history in this European history documentary on the Spanish Armada.

Antiques Roadshow

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Watch the UK-version of Antiques Roadshow in the US and Canada with BBC Select. Stream Season 37 and see the popular show celebrates its 35th year on British TV screens and welcome a very special visit from Her Majesty the Queen! Expect plenty of fascinating items shared with the Roadshow experts, some incredible stories, plenty of treasures as well as some fakes, and some specular surprises along the way.

Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley

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Get ready for a festive treat!

Historian Lucy Worsley reveals that there’s much more to our favorite carols than meets the eye. She reveals how their stories add up to an alternative history of Christmas itself in this insightful Christmas documentary.

From pagan fertility rituals to French renaissance jigs and a hymn for peace during the First World War, carols fulfill an enduring need to celebrate and sing together at Christmas.