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Medieval Month

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  1. Morning

  2. 6:30AM

    Hitler's Last Secrets

    One of the great ironies of history is that Hitler's first assignment after the Great War was to help the Bavarian army to identify extremist political parties, then to infiltrate and report back. One such party infiltrated by Hitler was the tiny Ger

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  3. 7:30AM

    Night Bombers

    In the winter of 1943-44, RAF Bomber Command was sending massive raids almost every night into the heart of Germany. This is the story of one of them, an attack on Berlin, probably the most heavily defended target of them all and one which made terri

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  4. 8:30AM

    Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death

    Historian and author Helen Castor, presenter of the popular series She-Wolves, explores how the people of the Middle Ages handled the most fundamental moments of transition in life: birth, marriage and death. In doing so she reveals how people in the

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  5. 9:30AM

    Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty

    The British dynasty on which Game of Thrones is based is skillfully brought to life Following one of the most shocking periods in British history, a new historical docudrama brings to life the dynasty that dragged Britain out of the dark ages and int

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  6. 10:30AM

    Castle Builders

    Increasingly the role of castles changed from being military fortresses to becoming places of symbolism and fantasy. This episode traces the changes to Windsor Castle under Edward III, when it became an icon of regal glory and a centrepiece for his c

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  7. 11:30AM

    Vikings

    They were bloodthirsty Scandinavian warriors and fine craftsmen. They opened new trade routes still used today, founded magnificent cities such as Kiev or Novgorod, and captured ancient hubs like York, Naples and Istanbul. The Saxons of England feare

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  8. Daytime

  9. 12:30PM

    The Crusades

    Dr Thomas Asbridge reveals that the outcome of these epic holy wars was decided not on the hallowed ground of Jerusalem, but in Egypt. As trade blossomed between Christians and Muslims and the Mongol hordes arrived from Asia, a saintly French king an

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  10. 1:30PM

    Inside The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War was a decade-long struggle that humbled America. It has never before been told start to finish purely as a first person military chronicle: the raw, horrifying war as experienced by the men who fought it, believing they were there to

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  11. 2:30PM

    Great German Battleships of World War II

    The story of the mightiest German warships of World War II, including almost thirty minutes of rare archive footage of the infamous battleship the Bismarck.

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  12. 3:30PM

    Scorched Earth

    Between 1941 and 1944, Army Group Centre fought a titanic dual with the Red Army, the outcome of which would prove decisive over the course of World War II. From the halcyon days of the advance into Russia to the first reverse outside Moscow and on t

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  13. 3:30PM

    Hunters in the Sky

    The Soviet Air Force is all but wiped out by the Luftwaffe but recovers to fight the invader to a standstill in the most atrocious winter ever encountered.

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  14. 4:00PM

    Battle Castle

    These are the sites of some of the most legendary power struggles of all time. All are all prime examples of their era, a testament to the engineering and military expertise of the day. We join each castle as it faces a crucial moment in its history:

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  15. 5:10PM

    Inside The Tower Of London

    The Tower of London, for almost 1000 years at the heart of state life in the UK, is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Constructed soon after the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066, it has served as a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place

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  16. Evening

  17. 6:20PM

    Castles: Britain's Fortified History

    Castles have always been romanticised, especially in Britain. They have been incorporated into folklore, witnessed bloody battles, played host to the great and the good, and been kept alive in the imagination by the world's great writers and artists.

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  18. 7:30PM

    Britain's Bloody Crown

    Six hundred years ago England was torn apart by a series of bloody battles for the throne. England's most powerful families went to war against each other in a violent and deadly blood feud. This is the real life Game of Thrones. Tens of thousands we

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  19. 8:30PM

    The Pilgrims

    The Pilgrims' narrative has been shrouded in myth, embedded in Thanksgiving Day feasts, football and parades. Who were the men and women who constituted this multifarious band of English Protestants whom we call 'the Pilgrims'? Why did their religiou

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  20. 10:30PM

    The Silent War

    A terrifying secret. For the second half of the 20th century, the world's most powerful nations were engaged in an intense struggle for political and territorial supremacy. As the USA and the USSR developed huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, they and

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  21. 11:30PM

    Hitler: A Profile

    Like no other politician before him, Adolf Hitler was able to mobilise the masses, hypnotise them, and bend them to his will. An ability which cannot be accounted for by charisma alone, it rested equally on the mythical Fuehrer cult of personality wh

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  22. Late Night

  23. 12:30AM

    Great German Battleships of World War II

    The story of the mightiest German warships of World War II, including almost thirty minutes of rare archive footage of the infamous battleship the Bismarck.

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  24. 1:30AM

    Scorched Earth

    Between 1941 and 1944, Army Group Centre fought a titanic dual with the Red Army, the outcome of which would prove decisive over the course of World War II. From the halcyon days of the advance into Russia to the first reverse outside Moscow and on t

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  25. 2:30AM

    WWII: Countdown to Victory

    From their success in North Africa, the Allies were ready to return to occupied Europe, first landing on Sicily before moving north onto mainland Italy under the command of Montgomery, known fondly to his men as Monty. But as the Italians surrendered

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  26. 3:15AM

    World at War

    In 1940 Germany was in buoyancy, with her armies controlling Western Europe.

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  27. 3:15AM

    Britain's Bloody Crown

    Six hundred years ago England was torn apart by a series of bloody battles for the throne. England's most powerful families went to war against each other in a violent and deadly blood feud. This is the real life Game of Thrones. Tens of thousands we

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  28. 4:15AM

    The Pilgrims

    The Pilgrims' narrative has been shrouded in myth, embedded in Thanksgiving Day feasts, football and parades. Who were the men and women who constituted this multifarious band of English Protestants whom we call 'the Pilgrims'? Why did their religiou

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