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Tony Robinson's Marvellous Machines

The ever-curious Tony takes to the road to explore some of the extraordinary mechanical marvels that have helped build, maintain and progress our world today. Always keen to try something new, Tony gets behind the wheels and sits at the controls to demonstrate how it all works…

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

Sales: Abacus Media Rights

2023

Hitler's Engineers: Building the Third Reich

Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich – the realm that was supposed to last for a thousand years – was more than a project of conquest. Once the lands had been possessed and the peoples subjugated, a whole new Nazi world had to be planned, designed and built – and that needed the most prominent engineers, architects and industrialists to be put to work. Their pioneering designs and inventions were to be the bedrock of the New Reich. These are their extraordinary stories.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: Sky History

Sales: Cineflix

2023

Decades That Defined Us

This series, packed with great archive footage and musical memories, chronicles some of the seismic events that helped to shape the course of history during three tumultuous decades: the sixties, the seventies, and the eighties. An eye-opening treat for older and younger viewers alike…

Duration: 3 x 60′

Channel: UKTV, Foxtel

Sales: Bossa Nova

2022

Backstage: Ralph Fiennes in Straight Line Crazy

This special one-off show features theatre greats Ralph Fiennes, Sir Nicholas Hytner and David Hare in conversation with journalist and presenter Luke Jones on the stage of the Bridge Theatre in London. Together, they tell the story behind the hit play Straight Line Crazy, which played to packed audiences in London and New York in 2022.

Duration: 1 x 60′

Channel: Sky Arts

2022

Forbidden History Podcast

Forbidden History is a documentary podcast series which explores the past’s darkest corners, sheds light on the lives of intriguing individuals, and uncovers the truth buried deep in history’s most controversial legacies. Each episode delves into the history archives to reveal new perspectives on familiar stories.

2 seasons

30 episodes

2022

 

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Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America

This fascinating series travels the length and breadth of the USA to uncover and explore some of the buildings and structures that have helped to create a nation’s history, but which have now fallen into ruin and disrepair. Hotels, factories, forts, theme parks, entertainment complexes, movie theatres, railway stations and much more…they’re all here, with their stories lovingly told by people intimately connected with their stories.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Seasons: 3

Channel: Discovery USA

Sales: Banijay Rights

2022

Mysteries of the Abandoned

The world’s most incredible engineering projects are revisited to uncover why places full of mysteries and untold secrets are now abandoned ruins.

Duration: 60′

Seasons: 9

Channel: Discovery Science

2017

Black Panthers of WW2

When the call came to take up arms and fight for freedom, black people signed up in their millions. But as we discover, not only did black service personnel have to fight the Axis enemy abroad, but also prejudice and oppression at home… and within their own ranks. The part played by black service men and women in the Second World War was crucial, and yet their heroism has often gone unrecognised. This special programme tells two astonishing stories. It chronicles not only the role played by an extraordinary US black fighting unit in Europe, but also shines a light on a remarkable incident that occurred in a small town in England that has somehow been buried by the weight of World War Two history…

Duration: 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

Sales: Bossa Nova

2021

WW2 From Above

Nature has reclaimed many of the most famous battlefields of the Second World War – they now lie buried beneath the earth or hidden by foliage or forests. Luckily, technology in the shape of hi-tech drones, LIDAR scanning and GFX rebuilds allows them to be restored to their heyday, meaning we can see them as those who fought on them did. This series does just that.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday, Smithsonian Channel

Sales: Cineflix

2021

Secrets of the Lost Ark

A team of archaeological experts set out to reveal the secrets and mysteries surrounding the most famous religious artefacts in history.

Duration: 8 x 60′

Channel: Discovery Science

2021

Abandoned Engineering

Our classic long-running series travels the world to seek out and explore the mysteries behind some of planet Earth’s most extraordinary, abandoned places. Bridges, prisons, military installations, even entire villages and towns… these and many more have compelling stories to be told and secrets to be uncovered.

Duration: 60′

Seasons: 12

Channels: Yesterday, Discovery Science, WELT 

Sales: Banijay Rights

2017

Smoke & Steel

The industrial revolution transformed the world beyond recognition. And today, whether we realise or not, we still rely on many of those ground-breaking advances. Born from the flames of the industrial revolution and once celebrated as pioneering achievements, these are the forgotten stories of the sites that built the modern world. 

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channels: UKTV Yesterday

Sales: Cineflix

2020

Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him

Presented by Tracy Borman – and based on her best-selling book – this fascinating three-part series features not the wives of England’s most famous monarch, but the many men who surrounded him. Ministers, courtiers, friends, and confidantes – all had a profound effect on the King’s life.

Duration: 3 x 60′

Channels: Smithsonian Channel 

Sales: Off The Fence

2020

Shipwreck Secrets

The seas and oceans of the world are littered with mysterious wrecks with extraordinary stories and hidden secrets. Armed with the latest drone technology, our teams go deep beneath the waves to reveal more…

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channels: UKTV Yesterday, Discovery Science

Sales: Banijay Rights

2020

Forbidden History

Throughout seven successful series, our hugely popular Forbidden History strand sends our team off in search of history’s more controversial stories. Biblical mysteries, conspiracy theories, World War Two cover ups, murders, assassinations, historical bloopers and clangers…they’re all here.

Duration: 60′

Seasons: 7

Channels: UKTV Yesterday, Discovery Channel US, Viasat

Sales: Banijay Rights

2013

Secrets of the Railways

Many of the world’s most spectacular railways are surrounded by mysterious stories, tales and sagas. The fact is that what is often seen as beautiful today, sometimes has a very dark and chilling past. But a great many of these stories have been lost to the passing years and are now unknown, even to those that work or travel on them every day.

They are Secrets of the Railways. In this series, we reveal them.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

Sales: Banijay Rights

2019

Crusaders

Romance still surrounds the image of the Crusaders of the middle ages and medieval periods. Gallant knights on noble steeds might well have had a role to play as they set off on their great adventures to the Middle East and mainland Europe…but the realities were often very different. This entertaining and informative series explains how and why.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: Viasat

Sales: Banijay Rights

2019

Private Lives of the Monarchs

Historian Tracy Borman examines the private lives of various historical figures.

Duration: 5 x 60′

Channel: UKTV, Smithsonian

Sales: Banijay Rights

2019

Private Lives

Our successful strand sees historian Tracy Borman take off once again to explore the fascinating private lives of an eclectic mix of people, including Princess Margaret, The Duke of Windsor, Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone, Peter the Great and Adolf Hitler.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV, Smithsonian

2019

Private Lives of the Tudors

In the company of Tracy Borman, the UK’s leading authority on the Tudor period, we explore the private lives, loves and scandals of the Tudors, the most celebrated royal dynasty in history. It’s a roller coaster ride, a great story expertly told by Tracy with the help of some powerful recreations.

Duration: 3 x 60′

Channel: UKTV

2018

Nazi Murder Mysteries

Some of the most shocking and unusual cases connected with the regime’s bloody reign, investigating the murders and deaths that have either remained lost, forgotten or covered up.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV

Sales: Banijay Rights

2018

Nazi Victory: The Post-War Plan

Hitler and his cohorts made extensive plans for the thousand-year Reich after their armies had won the expected victory and were rulers on continental Europe. Some of the plans still have the power to shock today – especially perhaps what they had in mind for the UK. These programmes highlight what a very different world we would be living in if there’d ever been a Nazi Victory.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV

2018

Viking Dead

This series tells the true stories behind the fearsome warrior race from Scandinavia through the bones and artefacts which are still being discovered. Our journey takes us to some surprising places and reveals some little-known facts that shed new light on a fascinating period in world history.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday, Viasat

Sales: 2DF Studios

2018

Royal Murder Mysteries

What is the truth about the death of the controversial Duke of Kent in a plane crash during World War Two? Was George V murdered by his doctor? What became of the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia and how did Prince Albert Victor become mixed up in the Jack the Ripper killings? Do we have evidence that names the killer of the serial adulterer the Earl of Errol in Kenya’s notorious Happy Valley? And why is the death of Ludwig of Bavaria in the 1850s still shrouded in mystery to this very day.

This hard-hitting series investigates all of these fascinating stories, sifting through the evidence and the facts as it seeks to reach final conclusions.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday, Viasat

Sales: Banijay Rights

2017

WW2: Witness to War

Eyewitness accounts reveal incredible stories of brave men and women who sacrificed everything in order to survive World War II.

Duration: 12 x 60′

Channel: AHC

Sales: Banijay Rights

2017

Spymasters

Long before any forms of mass communication, history’s Spymasters invented and established any number of sophisticated spy networks, many of which formed the basis for the rules of modern day espionage. It was these men and women who pulled the invisible strings, chose the operatives and established the methods used by the first secret services of the world. They were the cold eyed, ruthless servants prepared to do anything to serve their political or royal masters.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV, Viasat

2016

History's Greatest Hoaxes

The world loves a good hoax and for years certain men and women – sometimes entire organisations – have gone out of their way to trick people into believing things aren’t quite the way they seem. Some were very successful, making their perpetrators infamous, not to mention lots of money. Sometimes, things got a little out of control – what began as harmless fun finished by having pretty serious ramifications for history as a whole and for those involved.

In these programmes, we investigate, the fake ‘Hitler Diaries’, the scam of Piltdown Man, the infamous ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast, the ‘Alien Autopsy’ film, the ‘Papillon’ controversy and the on-going circus surrounding the Loch Ness Monster.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday, Viasat

2016

The Somme: The First 24hrs with Tony Robinson

This show tells the powerful and moving story of five men of one battalion as they enlist, train for and take part in the worst disaster in the history of the British army. Featuring a secret diary kept by Private Frank Meakin – the first time it has been seen on television anywhere – and the haunting battlefields of northern France as a backdrop, Sir Tony Robinson recounts the tale of the Sheffield City ‘pals’ as only he can.

Duration: 1 x 60′

Channel: Discovery, SBS

Sales: Banijay Rights

2016

Inside Secret Societies

This brand new series explores some of the most secretive and dangerous global underworld societies and their counter-culture dogmas.  It’s a murky, mysterious mixture of sectarian cults, fanatical religious groups, esoteric societies and political militants – all of them seeking to shape and influence the world we know today…

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: Discovery US, C5

Sales: Banijay Rights

2016

Wicked Inventions

Like it or not, warfare, conflict and the need to explore the unknown is the catalyst for human progress in technology. The fact is that mankind is at its most inventive when it’s being destructive.

It’s the same with the field of space exploration. The desire of the superpowers to dominate each other lead them to look to space to gain the upper hand. From that enormous effort and expenditure – all with military and political gain as its primary purpose – came a gamut of inventions we now use in our everyday lives. This series of 30 half hour shows explores, explains and whole range of surprising gadgets, toys and implements that were originally made for a very different purpose.

Duration: 60 x 30′

Channel: Discovery, Viasat

Sales: Banijay Rights

2015

Medieval Murder Mysteries

The medieval period gave us some of the greatest, most enduring stories in history. Even today, films are made, and books are written about some of the famous and infamous characters and events from those days from the distant past. Some of them were real – some fictional.

And the great thing is that the best of them usually had somebody doing dastardly deeds – normally a murder. The even greater thing is that most of these were surrounded in mystery.

That provides the perfect context for the Medieval Murder Mysteries series: good old fashioned whodunnits, or did-he-do-it and was-it-her stories wrapped around some of the most vibrant stories from the medieval world. Want magnificent castles, chivalrous knights, powerful kings and queens? You’ll have them. Also require dark deeds, illicit lovers, greedy nobles, mad cardinals? You’ll have them too. And must have genuine attempts to solve some of history’s most notorious crimes and murders?

Look no further. They’re all here.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: Yesterday, Viasat

Sales: Banijay Rights

2015

Medieval Dead

Leading medieval archaeologist Tim Sutherland guides us through a range of fascinating stories, all of which are based on buried evidence. One episode features the jaw-dropping story of a Knight killed during the Teutonic Crusades whose coffin was discovered in the small church of St Bees in England. What was discovered when the coffin was opened astounded all those present…

Duration: 60′

Seasons: 3 + Special (The Waterloo Dead)

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

Sales: Banijay Rights

2013

Inquisition

This four-part series sheds new light on a dark and bloody chapter of British and European history. The Inquisitions were designed by the Roman Catholic Church in 12th-century France to combat heresy, and the programme explores how its concepts of persecution, torture and death for offenders continued for nearly 500 years.

Duration: 4 x 60′

Channel: UKTV, Viasat, SBS

2014

WW2: Air Crash Detectives

Garth Barnard investigates WWII air disasters using modern technology.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV, Viasat, SBS

Sales: Banijay Rights

2014

Fight Club: A History of Violence

Throughout the centuries, close physical combat has been used to entertain the public; to make fortunes for gamblers; to escape the bonds of slavery; to aid diplomatic relations; to settle scores and finish vendettas; to protect and maintain personal honour. This gritty series looks at the realities of these ruthless one-on-one contests and how they affected the mind and the body. It puts them into social and historical context by painting a vivid picture of the time in which they took place. Featuring vivid dramatised recreations, the series explores bare knuckle boxing, duelling and jousting as it traces the history of man to man – and woman to woman – fighting.

Duration: 4 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

Sales: TVF International

2013

Instruments of Death

Presenter Karl Ude-Martinez travels in Britain and Europe to find out more about the weapons that have helped shape the history of combat throughout the centuries. With spectacular weapons demonstrations as its cornerstone, the series also tells the stories of the battles in which they were used to such grim effect.

Duration: 6 x 60′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

2012

Return to the Falklands

Return to the Falklands takes two distinguished British servicemen back to the Islands and battlefields where they fought during the Falklands War more than thirty years ago. What will their reactions be as they retrace their steps on the battlegrounds again?

Duration: 1 x 90′

Channel: UKTV Yesterday

2012

By Royal Appointment

Narrated by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, this one-hour special shines a light on the talented craftsmen and women who all hold warrants as official suppliers to the Royal Family. From tailors to cheese makers, medal crafters to wine suppliers, and cobblers to carriage makers, their skills and craftsmanship have placed them in a very exclusive group. They alone have the right to proudly display a Royal Coat of Arms and say that their businesses are ‘By Royal Appointment’.

Duration: 1 x 60′

Channel: ITV

2008

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