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.

Henry VIII's Enforcer: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell

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Was Thomas Cromwell a corrupt, ambitious politician or has history unfairly maligned him?

Thomas Cromwell rose from poor beginnings to become chief minister and the power behind the throne to King Henry VIII. However, falling victim to the King’s anger, he was beheaded in 1540. His greatest triumph was usurped and destroyed. Thomas Cromwell has gone down in history as an ambitious and corrupt politician. But this BBC Thomas Cromwell documentary asks, is that fact or fiction?

Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story

In scenes that shocked the world, the very heart of the US government was stormed by a crowd of Trump supporters on  January 6, 2021.

Robert Moore and the only news crew who filmed the rioters inside The Capitol, watched as the growing crowd of Trump supporters wreaked havoc. Moore tells the story of the terrifying day that became the defining and dramatic conclusion to President Trump’s ill-fated time in office. Watch now on BBC Select now streaming in the US and Canada.


Watch Egypt on BBC Select

Journey back in time to explore three of the most important discoveries from the world of ancient Egypt in this three-part documentary. This fascinating dramatized documentary series focuses on Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, Belzoni’s finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Champollion’s deciphering of hieroglyphs.

These remarkable pioneers unlocked the secrets of one of history’s greatest civilizations.

Jesus' Family Tree

Watch Jesus' Family Tree on BBC Select

Jesus was the single child of a nuclear family with his parents, Mary and Joseph. At least, that’s the traditional image. But Jesus lived 2000 years ago in a society where an extended family was the norm.

This fascinating two-part documentary reveals evidence from both the gospels and archaeology showing that Jesus not only had a vast family network, but this network inspired and supported him.

The Bible: A History

Watch The Bible: A History on BBC Select

It’s the bestselling book in history that has shaped politics, culture and human experience through the ages. Though it originated thousands of years ago in the Middle East it’s still the basis of fierce debate and intensive scholarship to this day.

Now, seven people from different walks of life offer their perspectives on what The Bible says about spiritual life and our relationships with others in this documentary series about the Bible.