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1. The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (2012– )

Documentary, History

Christianity slowly emerged from being a persecuted minority to the state religion of the Roman Empire. This episode is a history of the ways believers grappled with a way to depict Jesus. ... See full summary »

Stars: Shaun Greenhalgh, Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 151

2. A History of Ancient Britain (2011– )

TV-G | Documentary

Neil Oliver tells the epic story of how Britain and its people came to be over thousands of years of ancient history - the beginnings of our world forged in ice, stone, and bronze.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Alison Sheridan, Paul Bahn, Martin Bell

Votes: 147

3. A History of Celtic Britain (2011)


In four chapters, largely based on and illustrated with archaeological finds and sites, Neil Oliver explains how, as far as is known, the Iron Age Celtic tribes known as the Ancient ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Oliver, Barry Cunliffe, Philip Crummy, Andy Deane

Votes: 80

4. A History of Britain (2000–2002)

60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

Stars: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 736

5. Medieval Lives (2004– )

240 min | Documentary, History

Terry Jones hosts this series that looks at the real facts about the Middle Ages and its roots.

Stars: Terry Jones, Peter Barber, Faye Getz, Robert Stone

Votes: 491

6. Barbarians (2006– )

59 min | Documentary, History

Terry Jones challenges the received Roman and Roman Catholic notion of the 'barbarian'.

Stars: Terry Jones, Peter Heather, Joseph Balint, Pope Benedict XVI

Votes: 314

7. The Search for Alfred the Great (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Neil Oliver is given exclusive access to a team of historians and scientists investigating the final resting place of Alfred the Great. Alfred's bones have been moved so many times over the... See full summary »

Director: Robin Dashwood | Star: Neil Oliver

Votes: 22

8. Sacred Wonders of Britain (2013– )

60 min | Documentary

At the edge of Europe the British Isles is home to one of the world's richest collections of sacred sites. With stunning photography Sacred Wonders of Britain tells the stories of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Oliver, Ronald Hutton, Nick Card, Jane Downes

Votes: 25

9. Vikings (2012– )

59 min | Documentary

Vikings is a documentary series written and presented by Neil Oliver charting the rise of the Vikings from prehistoric times to the empire of Canute.

Star: Neil Oliver

Votes: 192

10. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,526

11. Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens' (2003 Video)

185 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

This feature-length documentary, made especially for the 2003 Aliens (1986) DVD release, is incredibly informative with all its interviews with both the cast and crew, as well as behind the... See full summary »

Director: Charles de Lauzirika | Stars: Simon Atherton, Jay Benedict, Michael Biehn, James Cameron

Votes: 490

12. The Real Middle Earth (2007 Video)

59 min | Documentary

This fascinating documentary takes us in Tolkien's footsteps and investigates the landscapes and buildings, the places and names that helped shape Middle Earth. Sir Ian Holm narrates this fascinating exploration into an imaginary world.

Star: Ian Holm

Votes: 44

13. Last Will & Testament (2012)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Mystery

This documentary explores the ongoing debate about the authorship of the works attributed to Shakespeare. Writers and critics, actors and scholars, including Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, ... See full summary »

Directors: Laura Wilson, Lisa Wilson | Stars: Jonathan Bate, Charles Beauclerk, William Boyle, Michael Cecil

Votes: 162

14. The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

This three-part documentary discovers the origins and beliefs of the Celts in artifacts and human remains across Europe. What emerges is not a portrait of wild people on the western fringes... See full summary »

Stars: Alice Roberts, Neil Oliver, Mike Loades, Nigel Meeks

Votes: 138

15. The Story of Ireland (2011– )

59 min | Documentary

The series aims to explore Irish history using the historical facts and evidence while charting the origin and impact of the numerous myths that have been passed off as history in the past.... See full summary »

Stars: Fergal Keane, Roy Foster, Tom Ó Loughlin, Donnchadh O'Corrain

Votes: 46

16. The Saint & the Hanged Man (2008 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, History

A look at a case from 1307 Hereford in which a Catholic holy court convened to decide whether or not a dead English bishop should be made a saint following several alleged miracles, the most notable being the resurrection of a hanged man.

Director: Susan Horth | Stars: Rob Brydon, Hamish MacLeod, Robert Bartlett, Ifor Rowlands

Votes: 5

17. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, News

68 Metascore

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

Director: Cullen Hoback | Stars: Max Schrems, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg, Orson Scott Card

Votes: 5,714 | Gross: $0.06M

18. Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

For over 50 years, Frank Frazetta dominated the art world with his images of fierce warriors, helpless princesses, and fantastical creatures set in the most lavish landscapes. His impact ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Laspina | Stars: Eleanor Frazetta, Frank Frazetta, Heidi Frazetta, Forrest J. Ackerman

Votes: 349

19. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Adventure

A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Richard Stanley, Kier-La Janisse, Michael Gingold, Graham Humphreys

Votes: 2,845

21. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004 Video)

151 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

An in-depth making of documentary about the original Star Wars trilogy, covering the productions of the three films and their impact on popular culture.

Directors: Edith Becker, Kevin Burns | Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg

Votes: 3,257

22. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

How might your life be better with less?

Director: Matt D'Avella | Stars: Dan Harris, Ryan Nicodemus, Rick Hanson, Jesse Jacobs

Votes: 9,998

23. The Red Pill (2016)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 9,031

24. Helen of Troy (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

British historian Bettany Hughes tours the eastern Mediterranean in search of facts behind the legends of "the face that launched a thousand ships," exploring the ways Greeks made love and war circa 1300 B.C.

Director: Bill Locke | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Romany Wagenaar, Kostas Dervenis, Mike Loades

Votes: 93

25. When the Moors Ruled in Europe (2005)

PG | 102 min | Documentary

This program contends that the popular perception of the Muslim occupation of Spain toward the end of the first millennium is largely wrong. The eighth century Muslim invasion of the ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Copestake | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Antonio Almagro, Moussa Aouni, Pedro Chalmeta Gendrón

Votes: 147

26. Alexandria: The Greatest City (2010 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, too look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and culture hubs of the... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Salima Ikram, Colin Clement, Emanuela Kulicka

Votes: 101

27. Genius of the Modern World (2016– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Historian Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of three great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world: Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Hannah Dawson, Simon Goldhill, Manuel Dries

Votes: 563

28. The Greeks (2016– )


They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul, and captured ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Leonard Moore, Bettany Hughes

Votes: 90

29. Genius of the Ancient World (2015– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China, profiling Buddha, Socrates and Confucius, the three greatest thinkers of antiquity.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Seewalee Bhante, Shirley Chan, Michael Cosmopoulos

Votes: 295

30. Britain's Secret Treasures (2012– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Documentary

Broadcaster Michael Buerk and historian Bettany Hughes present a series of programmes counting down the 50 greatest treasures discovered by the British public.

Stars: Michael Buerk, Bettany Hughes, Claire Barratt, Gethin Jones

31. Divine Women (2012– )

59 min | Documentary

Bettany Hughes looks into the role of women in the history of religion.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Kate Cooper, Edith Hall, Yvonne Morin Marrero

Votes: 26

32. The Roman Invasion of Britain (2009– )


Sifting through writings, relics and ruins, historians piece together the time before, during and after the Roman invasion of Britain.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Mali Tudno Jones, Campbell Foster, John Davies

Votes: 35

33. The Spartans (2004– )

175 min | Documentary, History

A history of the ancient Spartans, featuring historian Bettany Hughes as presenter and narrator.

Star: Bettany Hughes

Votes: 168

35. Elizabeth I (2017)

180 min | Drama, History

Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

Stars: Lily Cole, Vincent Kerschbaum, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones

Votes: 183

36. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 443

37. She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (2012)

177 min | Documentary

Helen Castor presents an in depth and insightful series covering England's early Queens, from the High Middle Ages with Eleanor and get daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitane, through the Late... See full summary »

Star: Helen Castor

Votes: 248

38. The Plantagenets (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

The story of England's longest ruling dynasty, starting with Henry II and ending with Richard III.

Star: Robert Bartlett

Votes: 133

39. Britain's Bloody Crown (2016– )

Not Rated | Drama, History

Using a combination of documentary and drama, historian Dan Jones tells the story of the War of the Roses - the 30 year civil war between the House of York and House of Lancaster that saw the crown change hands seven times.

Stars: Dan Jones, Steffan Boje, James Oliver Wheatley, Darren Bransford

Votes: 176

41. Empire (2012– )

Not Rated | 303 min | Documentary

Written and presented by English broadcaster, journalist, and author Jeremy Paxman, this richly detailed documentary follows the rise of the British Empire. At its height, the small island ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Paxman, Sara Agassi, Salam Al Atrash, Sadiq Al-Mahdi

Votes: 111

42. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 432

43. The Story of Wales (2012– )

58 min | History

Huw Edwards presents this history of Wales, showing the country in ways it's never been seen before. From prehistoric times, to power struggles with the barons, and England, through to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Huw Edwards, Michael Austin, Lee Jessup, Tim Ellwood

Votes: 49

44. Edward and Mary: The Unknown Tudors (2002– )

94 min | Documentary, History

Mary (who was to become England's first reigning Queen since Matilda but who is best known to generations of British schoolchildren as Bloody Mary) was the first born child of Henry VIII. ... See full summary »

Stars: David Starkey, Rachel Jenkins, Tim Wright, Emilie Smith

Votes: 42

45. Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A dramatised documentary detailing the bitter feud between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. The two Queens never met, but communicated for many years via letter. Mary's turmoil is ... See full summary »

Director: Renny Bartlett | Stars: Nicholas Agnew, Helen Bradbury, Adam Burton, Beth Cooke

Votes: 53

46. Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013– )


Simon Reeve retraces the adventures of our ancestors, and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage - including the vice, thrills and dangers that awaited travellers.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 49

48. England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey (2018)

Documentary, History

Historian Helen Castor pieces together the story of Lady Jane Grey, the teenage girl who reigned as Queen of England for nine days in July 1553.

Stars: Lainy Boyle, Robin Jones, Henrihs Ahmadejevs, Ashley Gyngell

Votes: 54

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