History documentaries

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BBC Select is the place to discover so much more about history. Stream a range of compelling BBC history documentaries that explore the people, places and events of the past that shaped our world. Whether it’s the Roman Empire, Nelson and Napoleon, Black history, the story of the Titanic or the Tudors, BBC Select brings acclaimed and award-winning history shows, and featuring experts including Bettany Hughes, Lucy Worsley, Simon Schama and David Olusoga.

Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster

It’s one of Britain’s greatest untold disaster stories. In the wake of the Titanic disaster, her sister ship Britannic was re-engineered to be even stronger and safer. And yet she suffered the same fate in 1916, sinking in just 55 minutes, three times faster than Titanic. This fascinating history documentary looks at what happened to the Britannic and if the tragedy could have been avoided.

Royal Antiques Revived

Royal Antiques Revived BBC

Follow the incredible journey of three royal items as they are restored and revived. King George IV’s piano, a car believed to have belonged to the Queen Mother and a rare copy of King Louis XV’s desk are found and fixed. Victoria Coren Mitchell presents this celebration of British skill, as remarkable pieces with curious pasts are restored using techniques as old as the items themselves.

Greeks of the Sea

Greeks of the sea

Greece is the world’s greatest maritime nation. From humble fisherman and expert boat builders to daring sponge divers and billionaire shipowners, this engaging travel documentary discovers a culture rich in history, myth and religion. Immerse yourself in stories and succulent seafood as adventurer Nikos Andronicos shows us why the Greeks believe they ‘have salt running through their veins’.

The Assassination of JFK

Assassination of JFK

It was a crime that shocked, and changed, a nation. This gripping documentary looks at the fateful events of November 22nd, 1963, as President John F Kennedy was murdered. Uniquely told from three different perspectives, it examines the movements of Kennedy’s head of security Roy Kellerman, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the moments before the shooting.

Dynasties: The Families That Changed The World

Dynasties The Families That changed the World

Throughout history, certain names have cropped up again and again, holding onto the reins of power. Families that seem to continually reach the pinnacle of society. But how do they do it? This insightful historical documentary series delves into the inner workings of the world’s most powerful and intriguing dynasties. The scandals, powerplays, humble beginnings and dramatic downfalls are all explored.