TV Guide

Mon 23rd January

Morning

China: Treasures of the Jade Empire

Explore the tombs of China's Han Dynasty, where the founders of the famous Silk Road and seekers of immortality were laid to rest. Within lie opulent artworks including terracotta armies, excavated to reveal their story.

Mon 23rd January

Noon

Camp X: Secret Agent School

The story of North America's first secret agent training school, the role it played in defeating the Axis during World War II, and in the world of modern espionage - investigated through the first archaeological dig of the site; demonstrations of its training techniques; first person accounts of those who trained; and dramatic recreation of their exploits behind enemy lines. Dubbed the school of "mayhem and murder", Camp X and the schools it spawned, trained over 25,000 secret agents during the war. The investigation uncovers the camp's secret agent training manual and the role it played in forging the world of espionage, including the foundation of the CIA. Ian Fleming claimed to have trained there and the notorious Soviet mole, Kim Philby, wrote its secret training manual.

Mon 23rd January

Royal Cousins At War

At the outbreak of the First World War, three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. This series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war, arguing that it is far greater than historians have traditionally believed.

Mon 23rd January

Dangerous Missions

Meet the glider men of World War II - specially trained pilots and soldiers who went to war in canvas-coloured, engineless aircraft at the vanguard of many Allied engagements. The first stealth fighters, their gliders took them on a one-way trip deep behind enemy lines. Getting there was half the battle for the Silent Wing Warriors.

Mon 23rd January

Tanks

The story of the most produced, most used and most important US tank of World War II. Nearly 50,000 of these superb fighting vehicles were built during the war and every allied army used the Sherman in a variety of roles in every theatre of combat throughout the world. Although it was inferior to the best German tanks in armament and protection, in reliability, serviceability and cost effectiveness, it was unmatched.

Mon 23rd January

Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery

Cook's passion for exploration continues as he searches for the mythic North West Passage, but it is a journey too far? Now retired and promoted to Post Captain, James Cook is bored. He jumps at the chance to take on a third great voyage: to find a fast route to China to secure Britain's place in the lucrative tea trade. Cook and his wife Elizabeth have been together for only four of their 16 years of marriage but he is ready to leave his growing family once more. This is Cook's chance to put his stamp on the northern hemisphere, matching his total command of the south. Success means a personal fortune and an even greater prize for the former farm boy - a knighthood. To do it, he must sail across the world and then over the top of the North American continent, pushing against a wall of Arctic ice. But it's too much for the ships of the day. Cook is forced to return to the Pacific. When his ship snaps a mast and he returns to Hawaii, the inhabitants who once greeted him with open arms turn hostile. As relations deteriorate, Cook takes a Hawaiian chief hostage in retribution for a stolen boat. In the confusion that follows, Cook is killed on the beach. The man who has become an icon of the British Empire is about to be swept up by history.

Mon 23rd January

Time Team

Heading to the River Otter in Devon they excavate the site of a water mill that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1088 and beyond, yet the last mill building on the site was pulled down as recently as the 1960s.

Mon 23rd January

Evening

The American West

Between the deep unrest in the South and the mounting war with the Plains Indians in the West, America's military is stretched thin. So rather than continue a costly war with the Sioux Indians, President Ulysses S Grant decides to uphold a peace policy with the Sioux. The quelled tensions in the West allow Thomas Durant and the Union Pacific to complete the country's first Transcontinental Railroad, opening the floodgates for America's Western settlers. But the railroad boom also provides outlaw Jesse James with a new target, and the Southern newspapers seize on James's train robbery exploits, turning him into a Southern hero. Union spymaster Allan Pinkerton is brought in to pursue James and his gang, resulting in the murder of one of Pinkerton's agents. As America's railroad boom collapses, President Grant's hopes to repair the nation by expanding west begin to collapse as The Panic of 1873 sends the country plummeting into a severe economic depression.

Mon 23rd January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Mon 23rd January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

The actress explores the Greek islands, beginning in Crete where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and then to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates.

Mon 23rd January

The Kennedy Files

Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon, yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st Century Kennedy's reveal. Joe Kennedy built an empire and expected his family to perpetuate a legacy of wealth, public service, and political power. But is that model too old-fashioned? In the 21st Century, isn't the price simply too high - even for the Kennedy's.

Mon 23rd January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Mon 23rd January

How We Got to Now

Steven Johnson explains how entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery one of the biggest export businesses in the US and where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way.

Tue 24th January

Morning

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Tue 24th January

Tanks

The story of the most produced, most used and most important US tank of World War II. Nearly 50,000 of these superb fighting vehicles were built during the war and every allied army used the Sherman in a variety of roles in every theatre of combat throughout the world. Although it was inferior to the best German tanks in armament and protection, in reliability, serviceability and cost effectiveness, it was unmatched.

Tue 24th January

History of Warfare

In newly conquered England, the years which followed the Battle of Hastings were marked by violent turmoil. King William eventually responded to the constant uprisings of the Anglo-Saxon people by laying waste to the north of England. This is a the story of a brutal period in English history, a time which saw the introduction of feudalism, a proliferation of Norman churches and castles and the completion of the remarkable Domesday book.

Tue 24th January

Time Team

Heading to the River Otter in Devon they excavate the site of a water mill that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1088 and beyond, yet the last mill building on the site was pulled down as recently as the 1960s.

Tue 24th January

Live To Tell

This anthology series will follow the men of the special forces as they reveal their first person accounts of deadly covert missions. They will use high-end cinematic recreations and a docu-scripted narrative to tell these harrowing and heroic stories.

Tue 24th January

Blood and Glory: The Civil War

The Civil War, one of the most defining moments in American history, tore a nation apart, pitting North against South - brother against brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union, where the human rights of every person are guaranteed. With unprecedented access to government and private archives and using state-of-the-art technology, over 500 rare and compelling black and white photographs have been painstakingly colourised to illustrate the story of the Civil War in breathtaking detail. This episode examines the cultural and political tensions that ultimately explode into the most storied and bloodied war ever to be fought on US soil.

Tue 24th January

The Kennedy Files

Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon, yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st Century Kennedy's reveal. Joe Kennedy built an empire and expected his family to perpetuate a legacy of wealth, public service, and political power. But is that model too old-fashioned? In the 21st Century, isn't the price simply too high - even for the Kennedy's.

Tue 24th January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

The actress explores the Greek islands, beginning in Crete where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and then to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates.

Tue 24th January

How We Got to Now

Steven Johnson explains how entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery one of the biggest export businesses in the US and where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way.

Tue 24th January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Tue 24th January

Time Team

Heading to the River Otter in Devon they excavate the site of a water mill that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1088 and beyond, yet the last mill building on the site was pulled down as recently as the 1960s.

Tue 24th January

The American West

Between the deep unrest in the South and the mounting war with the Plains Indians in the West, America's military is stretched thin. So rather than continue a costly war with the Sioux Indians, President Ulysses S Grant decides to uphold a peace policy with the Sioux. The quelled tensions in the West allow Thomas Durant and the Union Pacific to complete the country's first Transcontinental Railroad, opening the floodgates for America's Western settlers. But the railroad boom also provides outlaw Jesse James with a new target, and the Southern newspapers seize on James's train robbery exploits, turning him into a Southern hero. Union spymaster Allan Pinkerton is brought in to pursue James and his gang, resulting in the murder of one of Pinkerton's agents. As America's railroad boom collapses, President Grant's hopes to repair the nation by expanding west begin to collapse as The Panic of 1873 sends the country plummeting into a severe economic depression.

Tue 24th January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

The actress explores the Greek islands, beginning in Crete where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and then to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates.

Tue 24th January

Noon

The Kennedy Files

Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon, yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st Century Kennedy's reveal. Joe Kennedy built an empire and expected his family to perpetuate a legacy of wealth, public service, and political power. But is that model too old-fashioned? In the 21st Century, isn't the price simply too high - even for the Kennedy's.

Tue 24th January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Tue 24th January

Dangerous Missions

They ranged across the continent as they tamed the wilderness. The pioneering lumbermen of the 19th and 20th centuries made the building of the nation possible. Soon businessmen saw the fortunes that could be made in the timber industry, but it was the lumberjacks who did more than anyone to build timber's empire of industry. Principle photography comes from The Forest History Centre in Minnesota, lumberjack competitions in Virginia, and the nation's forests.

Tue 24th January

Tanks

When it was designed in 1939, the Russian KV was the most advanced heavy tank in the world. Seemingly impervious to anti-tank fire, more than 600 had been built when Russia was invaded by Germany in 1941, and this simple, robust and powerful tank gave a severe jolt to German armoured planning.

Tue 24th January

The Wonder of Britain

Britain has an almost continuous monarchy stretching back over 1000 years, which give us a unique royal story that has shaped our national identity. Julia's list reflects this long-running royal soap opera and begins with the supposed home of legendary King Arthur. Real man or myth, the ruins at Tintagel mark the birthplace of our royal story and here Julia learns the sword skills any Dark Age king would have needed. Next is Britain's oldest and most famous royal building: The Tower of London. Here the thick walls have seen over a millennium of royal history, and Julia checks out the armour of one of our 'biggest' royals: Henry VIII. With greed and excess a running theme, Julia's list includes the massive kitchen of Hampton Court where she cooks a meal fit for a king. Next stop is the over the top splendour of Brighton's Royal Pavilion. Here the unique oriental design, mixed with tales of fabulous parties and huge excess, perfectly reflects the personality of the playboy Prince Regent, George IV. Julia's next choice is the site where our most famous queen, Elizabeth I, chose duty over love. Kenilworth Castle is a glorious ruin and the place lovelorn Lord Robert Dudley tried, but failed, to win the heart of the Virgin Queen. Queen Victoria is best known for being the widow who was 'not amused', but Julia's list includes a place associated with happier times: Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. Here the joyful young queen fell in love and raised her family before Albert's death. Julia's final wonder embodies one of the things us Brits do best - a bit of pomp and pageantry.

Tue 24th January

Time Team

Archaeologists in Chesham, Buckinghamshire believe they've found the remains of a medieval building under the manicured lawns of a Georgian house.

Tue 24th January

Evening

Making Tracks

From the capital of South Australia to the capital of the Northern Territory, the train known as The Ghan bisects a continent north/south, a journey of 3000 km. We join it in Adelaide, meet Robyn and Bruce, responsible for passenger comfort and overall train management respectively, as they make ready and then commence our journey north. The first stop is the old railway town of Port Augusta - where Bruce introduces us to the relaxed lifestyle he enjoys when not responsible for all aboard it. Then we begin the journey into and through Australia's harsh interior. The line initially follows the first railway and that, in turn, followed the line of the overland telegraph. That brings us to the story of the camels.

Tue 24th January

China's Emperor Of Evil

For 1300 years, Wu Zetian, China's only female Emperor, has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But new discoveries paint a very different picture of her reign. Using the latest archaeological and scientific techniques, archaeologists are now piecing together a fascinating new story of the only woman in Chinese history who dared to call herself 'Emperor'. When Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Emperor Wu's China it now emerges, was a commercial, technological and military superpower, and a cultural magnet that drew people from all over the world, from Japan to Persia and even to Greece. Combining cutting edge CGI and drone technology with dramatic reconstructions, this documentary shows how researchers are piecing together the true story of China's "empress of all evil" and how Emperor Wu was in fact the woman who made Dark Ages China a super power.

Tue 24th January

Churchill's Darkest Decision

The British still celebrate the legend of 1940. In this familiar story Britain stands alone, facing the Nazi war machine. Winston Churchill spits defiance and the RAF defies the mighty Luftwaffe, forcing Hitler to abandon his plans to invade. But there's another important British victory in 1940, and it's a lot less glorious. It comes when the Royal Navy kills 1250 enemy sailors. Not German sailors, but French ones. Some call it a war crime. Churchill calls it a turning point. Aimed at 2010, the 70th anniversary of the terrible events it portrays, this is the story of the dirty secret of Britain's Finest Hour.

Tue 24th January

Surviving Hitler: A Love Story

A Jewish teenager and an injured soldier join a doomed plot to kill Hitler. They face almost certain death, yet luck and love shine upon them as they outwit Nazi terror and become the first couple married in post-war Berlin.

Tue 24th January

Great Mysteries and Myths

A documentary series for those who believe there can be nothing in the world more fascinating than the search for truth behind the most extraordinary mysteries and myths of the 20th century. A truly unique collection of stories shrouded in superstition and tragedy, this series brings to light a new perspective on these compelling and dark secrets.

Tue 24th January

The War That Changed the World

At the end of what the Chinese call "a hundred years of humiliation", this episode witnesses Japanese troops, stationed in northern China under unequal treaties, launch an invasion of the region of China known as Manchuria. This invasion triggers Mao Zedong's long march, establishing a base in Yan'an.

Wed 25th January

Morning

Dangerous Missions

They ranged across the continent as they tamed the wilderness. The pioneering lumbermen of the 19th and 20th centuries made the building of the nation possible. Soon businessmen saw the fortunes that could be made in the timber industry, but it was the lumberjacks who did more than anyone to build timber's empire of industry. Principle photography comes from The Forest History Centre in Minnesota, lumberjack competitions in Virginia, and the nation's forests.

Wed 25th January

Tanks

When it was designed in 1939, the Russian KV was the most advanced heavy tank in the world. Seemingly impervious to anti-tank fire, more than 600 had been built when Russia was invaded by Germany in 1941, and this simple, robust and powerful tank gave a severe jolt to German armoured planning.

Wed 25th January

History of Warfare

From the towns and villages they came, fortified by the words of John Ball and fired by an anger borne of crippling poverty and unjust taxes. Driven on by the charismatic but mysterious Wat Tyler, the peasant army stood at the very gates of London, only to see the prize snatched away by the treachery and false promises of King Richard II and his government.

Wed 25th January

Time Team

Archaeologists in Chesham, Buckinghamshire believe they've found the remains of a medieval building under the manicured lawns of a Georgian house.

Wed 25th January

China's Emperor Of Evil

For 1300 years, Wu Zetian, China's only female Emperor, has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But new discoveries paint a very different picture of her reign. Using the latest archaeological and scientific techniques, archaeologists are now piecing together a fascinating new story of the only woman in Chinese history who dared to call herself 'Emperor'. When Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Emperor Wu's China it now emerges, was a commercial, technological and military superpower, and a cultural magnet that drew people from all over the world, from Japan to Persia and even to Greece. Combining cutting edge CGI and drone technology with dramatic reconstructions, this documentary shows how researchers are piecing together the true story of China's "empress of all evil" and how Emperor Wu was in fact the woman who made Dark Ages China a super power.

Wed 25th January

Churchill's Darkest Decision

The British still celebrate the legend of 1940. In this familiar story Britain stands alone, facing the Nazi war machine. Winston Churchill spits defiance and the RAF defies the mighty Luftwaffe, forcing Hitler to abandon his plans to invade. But there's another important British victory in 1940, and it's a lot less glorious. It comes when the Royal Navy kills 1250 enemy sailors. Not German sailors, but French ones. Some call it a war crime. Churchill calls it a turning point. Aimed at 2010, the 70th anniversary of the terrible events it portrays, this is the story of the dirty secret of Britain's Finest Hour.

Wed 25th January

Surviving Hitler: A Love Story

A Jewish teenager and an injured soldier join a doomed plot to kill Hitler. They face almost certain death, yet luck and love shine upon them as they outwit Nazi terror and become the first couple married in post-war Berlin.

Wed 25th January

Great Mysteries and Myths

A documentary series for those who believe there can be nothing in the world more fascinating than the search for truth behind the most extraordinary mysteries and myths of the 20th century. A truly unique collection of stories shrouded in superstition and tragedy, this series brings to light a new perspective on these compelling and dark secrets.

Wed 25th January

The War That Changed the World

At the end of what the Chinese call "a hundred years of humiliation", this episode witnesses Japanese troops, stationed in northern China under unequal treaties, launch an invasion of the region of China known as Manchuria. This invasion triggers Mao Zedong's long march, establishing a base in Yan'an.

Wed 25th January

The Wonder of Britain

Britain has an almost continuous monarchy stretching back over 1000 years, which give us a unique royal story that has shaped our national identity. Julia's list reflects this long-running royal soap opera and begins with the supposed home of legendary King Arthur. Real man or myth, the ruins at Tintagel mark the birthplace of our royal story and here Julia learns the sword skills any Dark Age king would have needed. Next is Britain's oldest and most famous royal building: The Tower of London. Here the thick walls have seen over a millennium of royal history, and Julia checks out the armour of one of our 'biggest' royals: Henry VIII. With greed and excess a running theme, Julia's list includes the massive kitchen of Hampton Court where she cooks a meal fit for a king. Next stop is the over the top splendour of Brighton's Royal Pavilion. Here the unique oriental design, mixed with tales of fabulous parties and huge excess, perfectly reflects the personality of the playboy Prince Regent, George IV. Julia's next choice is the site where our most famous queen, Elizabeth I, chose duty over love. Kenilworth Castle is a glorious ruin and the place lovelorn Lord Robert Dudley tried, but failed, to win the heart of the Virgin Queen. Queen Victoria is best known for being the widow who was 'not amused', but Julia's list includes a place associated with happier times: Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. Here the joyful young queen fell in love and raised her family before Albert's death. Julia's final wonder embodies one of the things us Brits do best - a bit of pomp and pageantry.

Wed 25th January

Time Team

Archaeologists in Chesham, Buckinghamshire believe they've found the remains of a medieval building under the manicured lawns of a Georgian house.

Wed 25th January

Making Tracks

From the capital of South Australia to the capital of the Northern Territory, the train known as The Ghan bisects a continent north/south, a journey of 3000 km. We join it in Adelaide, meet Robyn and Bruce, responsible for passenger comfort and overall train management respectively, as they make ready and then commence our journey north. The first stop is the old railway town of Port Augusta - where Bruce introduces us to the relaxed lifestyle he enjoys when not responsible for all aboard it. Then we begin the journey into and through Australia's harsh interior. The line initially follows the first railway and that, in turn, followed the line of the overland telegraph. That brings us to the story of the camels.

Wed 25th January

China's Emperor Of Evil

For 1300 years, Wu Zetian, China's only female Emperor, has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But new discoveries paint a very different picture of her reign. Using the latest archaeological and scientific techniques, archaeologists are now piecing together a fascinating new story of the only woman in Chinese history who dared to call herself 'Emperor'. When Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Emperor Wu's China it now emerges, was a commercial, technological and military superpower, and a cultural magnet that drew people from all over the world, from Japan to Persia and even to Greece. Combining cutting edge CGI and drone technology with dramatic reconstructions, this documentary shows how researchers are piecing together the true story of China's "empress of all evil" and how Emperor Wu was in fact the woman who made Dark Ages China a super power.

Wed 25th January

Noon

Churchill's Darkest Decision

The British still celebrate the legend of 1940. In this familiar story Britain stands alone, facing the Nazi war machine. Winston Churchill spits defiance and the RAF defies the mighty Luftwaffe, forcing Hitler to abandon his plans to invade. But there's another important British victory in 1940, and it's a lot less glorious. It comes when the Royal Navy kills 1250 enemy sailors. Not German sailors, but French ones. Some call it a war crime. Churchill calls it a turning point. Aimed at 2010, the 70th anniversary of the terrible events it portrays, this is the story of the dirty secret of Britain's Finest Hour.

Wed 25th January

The War That Changed the World

At the end of what the Chinese call "a hundred years of humiliation", this episode witnesses Japanese troops, stationed in northern China under unequal treaties, launch an invasion of the region of China known as Manchuria. This invasion triggers Mao Zedong's long march, establishing a base in Yan'an.

Wed 25th January

Dangerous Missions

They dominated the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the eastern coast of the US. They struck against Allied shipping with near impunity, holding England in a stranglehold for the first years of WWII - until sonar was developed. Now the hunters became the hunted. Meet German commanders and crewmen who survived service in iron coffins.

Wed 25th January

Tanks

The T34 was probably the most important tank to see action during the war. Its existence remained a well kept secret from the Germans who were shocked by its appearance on the battlefield. Easy to produce and maintain with innovative and formidable heavy armament, more than 40,000 of this superb medium tank were built.

Wed 25th January

Elizabeth's Lost Guns

Could this ship be part of Sir Frances Drake's fleet which defended Britain from the Armada, and then lost during a secret mission? The most important shipwreck since the Mary Rose has been discovered. It contains a huge treasure trove of artefacts including muskets, swords, bombs and giant cannons. It is the only fully armed Elizabethan warship ever found. And it also has an extraordinary story. Timewatch has secured exclusive access to this deep water excavation to discover the ship's true identity and to learn the secrets of Elizabeth's mighty fleet. 100ft down, and half a mile out to sea, the wreck sits amid the notorious reefs and currents of Alderney. So treacherous are the waters that the ship was first spotted 30 years ago, but was then lost again, disappearing under a mountain of sand. Now it is about to be revealed to the world. They have recovered six cannons, armour, muskets, swords and even ceramic hand grenades designed to spray victims with flaming tar. All of these they are rebuilding and have definite plans to test, highlighting the sophistication of Elizabeth's force at a time when the survival of the nation was at stake. This includes the world's earliest complete provenance gun, the high point in artillery science which would not be surpassed for three hundred years.

Wed 25th January

Time Team

The team is excited at the prospect of finding a possible Roman temple. Will this be a first for Time Team?

Wed 25th January

Evening

Australia: The Story of Us

The newly minted nation throws itself into a global conflict, the outcome of which will decide Australia's fate. More than 400,000 fight; one-in-seven will never come home; 150,000 will return broken in body or mind. From the trenches come invention and audacity. Frank Murdoch's daring letter will save thousands of lives - if he can bypass British Intelligence. The Australian submarine AE2 changes the course of the Gallipoli campaign. Nurse Alicia Kelly helps transform emergency medicine terrifyingly close to the front line. To protect his mates Sniper Billy Sing allows himself become the target. Pompey Elliot helps reinvents trench warfare. The trauma of war leaves its mark but a new Australian spirit is born.

Wed 25th January

The Story Of China

"Revolution", Michael Wood observes, "has been a fact of life in Chinese history". Between 1850 and 1950, three cataclysmic revolutions shook China to the core, but out of them, today's China emerged. Michael Wood explores the effects of the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion and the two world wars, before ending the story with Mao's death and the boom time of the last 30 years.

Wed 25th January

Genius

When Orville and Wilbur Wright build and fly the world's first airplane, there's only one problem: no one believes them. For years, the Wrights work tirelessly to prove they are indeed the rightful inventors of the plane. During that time, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss begins manufacturing and selling his own planes - and making tons of money in the process - sparking a massive patent war that threatens to destroy the entire aviation industry before it even gets off the ground.

Wed 25th January

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Wed 25th January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Wed 25th January

Al Capone: Icon

Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer, or both? From his early days rising through the ranks of New York's gangs, to his slow demise in the aftermath of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, this film chronicles the complicated life of one of America's favourite mob bosses. Capone was not only a bootlegger, killer, and gangster, but also a popular public figure who opened one of the nation's first soup kitchens, and was a devoted patron and guardian of jazz, giving African American musicians opportunities that they would otherwise never have had. More than 80 years have passed since the height of Capone's power, yet his impact is still felt today. Al Capone: Icon examines Capone's personal history and lasting legacy and unveils his unexpected connections to modern-day organised crime, law enforcement, popular culture from movies to rap music, and even everyday life in Chicago.

Thu 26th January

Morning

Dangerous Missions

They dominated the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the eastern coast of the US. They struck against Allied shipping with near impunity, holding England in a stranglehold for the first years of WWII - until sonar was developed. Now the hunters became the hunted. Meet German commanders and crewmen who survived service in iron coffins.

Thu 26th January

Tanks

The T34 was probably the most important tank to see action during the war. Its existence remained a well kept secret from the Germans who were shocked by its appearance on the battlefield. Easy to produce and maintain with innovative and formidable heavy armament, more than 40,000 of this superb medium tank were built.

Thu 26th January

History of Warfare

"We come to avenge our wrongs and to set our country free." - William Wallace. This is the dramatic story of the great Scots' triumph over the English, which took place at Stirling Bridge on September 11, 1297. Their momentous victory there confirmed the reputation of William Wallace and made him a national hero; his name has loomed large in the pages of Scottish history ever since. After the short but brutal battle, the English were driven from the land, leaving Edward the First swearing terrible revenge. This atmospheric and action-packed film features battle reconstructions and location footage plus analysis by leading military authorities and historians.

Thu 26th January

Time Team

The team is excited at the prospect of finding a possible Roman temple. Will this be a first for Time Team?

Thu 26th January

The World Wars

With his advance in the Soviet Union stalled, Hitler orders his army to advance on Stalingrad - but Stalin orders that the city be defended at all costs. Despite staggering losses, the Soviet forces survive the onslaught, and Hitler suffers his first defeat of the war - and loses an entire Army in the process. After the victory in the Pacific, Roosevelt and the US troops join the fighting in Europe. With Italy defeated through the brilliance of US General Patton, King Emmanuel I orders Benito Mussolini arrested - but he doesn't stay imprisoned long, as his ally Hitler rescues him with a daring raid. But Mussolini is nothing more than a puppet for the Fuhrer, who is starting to see his European empire crumbling around him. Things are finally looking good for the Allies, and the Big Three meet at the Tehran Conference. Stalin desperately wants an Allied invasion of France, but Churchill (still thinking about Gallipoli) refuses. FDR ultimately agrees to Stalin's request: a day for D-Day is set, but Hitler knows it's coming.

Thu 26th January

Genius

When Orville and Wilbur Wright build and fly the world's first airplane, there's only one problem: no one believes them. For years, the Wrights work tirelessly to prove they are indeed the rightful inventors of the plane. During that time, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss begins manufacturing and selling his own planes - and making tons of money in the process - sparking a massive patent war that threatens to destroy the entire aviation industry before it even gets off the ground.

Thu 26th January

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Thu 26th January

Aerial Britain

From the southern tip of Cornwall to the cliffs of Orkney, Britain is touched by spiritual places, sanctified by centuries of worship. They have become more than just spiritual places - they are part of the fabric of Britain and the history that stretches back to the Normans and beyond. This aerial journey shows how sacred and secular places shape the landscape of spiritual Britain.

Thu 26th January

Al Capone: Icon

Was Al Capone the quintessential self-made American man, a ruthless killer, or both? From his early days rising through the ranks of New York's gangs, to his slow demise in the aftermath of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, this film chronicles the complicated life of one of America's favourite mob bosses. Capone was not only a bootlegger, killer, and gangster, but also a popular public figure who opened one of the nation's first soup kitchens, and was a devoted patron and guardian of jazz, giving African American musicians opportunities that they would otherwise never have had. More than 80 years have passed since the height of Capone's power, yet his impact is still felt today. Al Capone: Icon examines Capone's personal history and lasting legacy and unveils his unexpected connections to modern-day organised crime, law enforcement, popular culture from movies to rap music, and even everyday life in Chicago.

Thu 26th January

Elizabeth's Lost Guns

Could this ship be part of Sir Frances Drake's fleet which defended Britain from the Armada, and then lost during a secret mission? The most important shipwreck since the Mary Rose has been discovered. It contains a huge treasure trove of artefacts including muskets, swords, bombs and giant cannons. It is the only fully armed Elizabethan warship ever found. And it also has an extraordinary story. Timewatch has secured exclusive access to this deep water excavation to discover the ship's true identity and to learn the secrets of Elizabeth's mighty fleet. 100ft down, and half a mile out to sea, the wreck sits amid the notorious reefs and currents of Alderney. So treacherous are the waters that the ship was first spotted 30 years ago, but was then lost again, disappearing under a mountain of sand. Now it is about to be revealed to the world. They have recovered six cannons, armour, muskets, swords and even ceramic hand grenades designed to spray victims with flaming tar. All of these they are rebuilding and have definite plans to test, highlighting the sophistication of Elizabeth's force at a time when the survival of the nation was at stake. This includes the world's earliest complete provenance gun, the high point in artillery science which would not be surpassed for three hundred years.

Thu 26th January

Men Of Wood & Foam

This program tells the story of the birth of the surf boom in Australia, a golden decade when surfing was transformed into a sport and culture with its own music, movies, fashions and heroes. Underpinning this transition was a small group of surfboard artisans who set up their primitive factories in a former market garden at Brookvale, close to the favoured wave spots of Dee Why Point and Fairy Bower. These pioneers became known as The Brookvale Six.

Thu 26th January

Coast Australia

Neil Oliver heads offshore on the trail of the most majestic marine creature - the mighty Orca. Neil also examines the notion that the Anzac spirit was forged - not on the beaches of Gallipoli - but in Albany.

Thu 26th January

Coast Australia

A journey through the meandering waterways of Sydney's Hawkesbury River system to the sublime wilderness of Lord Howe Island. Neil travels to the heritage-listed treasure of Lord Howe Island in search for the world's rarest insect before meeting some curious sea birds endemic to the island. Back on the mainland, he digs deep to find the true history of coal in Newcastle. Distinguished scientist Tim Flannery unleashes his inner fly-boy in the plane that was to Australia what the Spitfire was to England. Marine scientist Dr Dean Miller puts his body on the line at Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club. Brendan Moar cruises the Hawkesbury River on the wartime boat that became a leisure-time icon. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston tattoos a seahorse for science near Nelson Bay.

Thu 26th January

Noon

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. Marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Thu 26th January

Tony Robinson Explores Australia

Tony Robinson, of Time Team fame, takes us on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.

Thu 26th January

Tony Robinson Explores Australia

Tony Robinson, of Time Team fame, takes us on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.

Thu 26th January

Tony Robinson Explores Australia

Tony Robinson, of Time Team fame, takes us on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.

Thu 26th January

Tony Robinson Explores Australia

Tony Robinson of Time Team fame takes viewers on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.

Thu 26th January

Tony Robinson Explores Australia

Tony Robinson, of Time Team fame, takes us on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.

Thu 26th January

Evening

Tony Robinson Explores Australia

Tony Robinson, of Time Team fame, takes us on a journey through time and places across Australia, offering a revealing, unique perspective on Australian society and history.

Thu 26th January

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Thu 26th January

National Park: Secrets & Legends

In 1972, Eastern Airlines Flight 401 en route from New York to Miami crashes into Everglades National Park. One-hundred-and-one people are killed, and 77 others facing a living hell, trapped in the snake and alligator-infested swamp. When rescuers finally arrive, the pilot dies, and the co-pilot dies hours later in the hospital. Within months, the ghosts of these two men are sighted on other Eastern flights in a rash of hauntings that shake the airline down, with other crews refusing to fly on the planes. An investigation by the airline reveals that the haunted planes had parts salvaged from the wreck site in Everglades National Park. Once the parts are removed, the hauntings stop. The story leads viewers to wonder if the Park has a mysterious evil power. The next mystery is about the discovery of a murdered woman in an Everglades river in 1910. She is identified as an employee of an Everglades wealthy plantation owner, Edgar Watson. A local posse goes to his plantation and discovers dozens of human skeletons buried on the property. Watson isn't home, but when he turns up a week later he dies in a shootout with the posse. They determine that he has killed many of his workers for reasons no one can explain. Again the question is raised whether Everglades National Park has evil, transforming powers. Seventy years later, the Park draws another serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to killing as many as 600 people. Lucas says his murdering skills were honed in Everglades National Park by a Satanic cult called the Hand of Death. In a prison confession, Lucas says the Hand practised human sacrifice rituals on a remote island in the Park, and that he was accepted into their cult after slitting a man s throat. Though the Hand's secret base has never been discovered, Lucas says the Everglades is a place that breeds evil. That concept leads to the final story of the infestation of pythons in the Everglades, an invasive species that is killing almost all of it.

Thu 26th January

Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

There is a secret government facility accused of creating many diseases currently plaguing our country. Have we unleashed these biological weapons on purpose and if so, is there a secret lab near you?

Thu 26th January

Ancient Aliens

The Aborigines of Australia are the oldest, continuously surviving society on Earth. The stories preserved in their oral tradition are said to date back over 60,000 years, to an era they call the 'Dreamtime' and contain fascinating descriptions about how life began and our planet was seeded by extraterrestrials. Linguistic experts have just discovered that many of these indigenous legends can be scientifically verified by examining the geological record. Ancient Astronaut theorists propose that if the Aboriginal's oral traditions are indeed this accurate, then perhaps the tales they tell about sky gods visiting Earth in large, fire-spewing crafts are true as well. Could the ultimate evidence about our extraterrestrial past be found within the sacred stories, sites, and rituals of Australia's Wisdom Keepers?

Thu 26th January

Unsealed: Alien Files

Some experts believe many atmospheric light shows are actually caused by extraterrestrials. Do they pose an imminent threat to humanity? From foo fighters to life forms from outer space, join us as the alien secrets behind atmospheric anomalies are - Unsealed.

Thu 26th January

The Conspiracy Show

Did the late Stanley Meyer figure out a way to run an internal combustion engine on pure water? And was he murdered because of the threat his invention posed to big oil? Richard speaks with a researcher with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, as well as two self-taught, backyard-tinkerers who believe the legends surrounding Meyer and his invention are true.

Thu 26th January

True Supernatural

Buried in archives and hidden museums lie some of the most controversial artefacts in history - items that provide proof that the supernatural exists. Now with the help of a team of experts and scientists from leading universities across the country, we'll examine cases using rigorous testing to put to bed any doubts of their truth. From evidence that extraterrestrial life exists to confirmation of the Chupacabra, we'll go over the facts and figures to establish why the paranormal is the new normal.

Fri 27th January

Morning

Dangerous Missions

Meet the glider men of World War II - specially trained pilots and soldiers who went to war in canvas-coloured, engineless aircraft at the vanguard of many Allied engagements. The first stealth fighters, their gliders took them on a one-way trip deep behind enemy lines. Getting there was half the battle for the Silent Wing Warriors.

Fri 27th January

Enemy Of The Reich

The Noor Inayat Khan story brings to life the story of a woman's extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris. With an American mother and Indian Muslim father, Noor Inayat Khan was an extremely unusual British agent, and her life spent growing up in a Sufi centre of learning in Paris seemed an unlikely preparation for the dangerous work to come. Yet it was in this place of universal peace and contemplation that her remarkable courage was forged. In early 1943, Khan was recruited as a covert operative into Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE). Churchill's orders: to "set Europe ablaze". After the collapse and arrest of her entire network, Khan became the only surviving radio operator linking the British to the French Resistance in Paris, coordinating the airdrop of weapons, explosives, and agents and supporting the rescue of downed Allied fliers. Betrayed by a French collaborator after four months, Khan resisted brutal interrogation by the Gestapo, escaping twice - only to be recaptured and sent to Germany where, at last, she was executed at Dachau.

Fri 27th January

History of Warfare

This is the story of the bloody conflicts between the Greeks and Persians which lasted for more than 50 years in the fourth century BC. It includes the famous battle of Marathon, a victory which echoed down the years, as well as Thermopylae, where the Spartans made a heroic defence of the pass. It was not until 449 BC that the Persians abandoned all hopes of annexing Greece.

Fri 27th January

Time Team

Tony Robinson and the team travel to Poulton, Cheshire in search of an abandoned abbey that was once used by Cistercian monks. Local archaeologists had not been able to find any trace of the famous abbey and a number of theories and locations have been suggested as to its whereabouts. As the hunt drags on without any major progress, some of the team come up with a controversial theory.

Fri 27th January

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Fri 27th January

National Park: Secrets & Legends

In 1972, Eastern Airlines Flight 401 en route from New York to Miami crashes into Everglades National Park. One-hundred-and-one people are killed, and 77 others facing a living hell, trapped in the snake and alligator-infested swamp. When rescuers finally arrive, the pilot dies, and the co-pilot dies hours later in the hospital. Within months, the ghosts of these two men are sighted on other Eastern flights in a rash of hauntings that shake the airline down, with other crews refusing to fly on the planes. An investigation by the airline reveals that the haunted planes had parts salvaged from the wreck site in Everglades National Park. Once the parts are removed, the hauntings stop. The story leads viewers to wonder if the Park has a mysterious evil power. The next mystery is about the discovery of a murdered woman in an Everglades river in 1910. She is identified as an employee of an Everglades wealthy plantation owner, Edgar Watson. A local posse goes to his plantation and discovers dozens of human skeletons buried on the property. Watson isn't home, but when he turns up a week later he dies in a shootout with the posse. They determine that he has killed many of his workers for reasons no one can explain. Again the question is raised whether Everglades National Park has evil, transforming powers. Seventy years later, the Park draws another serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to killing as many as 600 people. Lucas says his murdering skills were honed in Everglades National Park by a Satanic cult called the Hand of Death. In a prison confession, Lucas says the Hand practised human sacrifice rituals on a remote island in the Park, and that he was accepted into their cult after slitting a man s throat. Though the Hand's secret base has never been discovered, Lucas says the Everglades is a place that breeds evil. That concept leads to the final story of the infestation of pythons in the Everglades, an invasive species that is killing almost all of it.

Fri 27th January

Ancient Aliens

The Aborigines of Australia are the oldest, continuously surviving society on Earth. The stories preserved in their oral tradition are said to date back over 60,000 years, to an era they call the 'Dreamtime' and contain fascinating descriptions about how life began and our planet was seeded by extraterrestrials. Linguistic experts have just discovered that many of these indigenous legends can be scientifically verified by examining the geological record. Ancient Astronaut theorists propose that if the Aboriginal's oral traditions are indeed this accurate, then perhaps the tales they tell about sky gods visiting Earth in large, fire-spewing crafts are true as well. Could the ultimate evidence about our extraterrestrial past be found within the sacred stories, sites, and rituals of Australia's Wisdom Keepers?

Fri 27th January

Unsealed: Alien Files

Some experts believe many atmospheric light shows are actually caused by extraterrestrials. Do they pose an imminent threat to humanity? From foo fighters to life forms from outer space, join us as the alien secrets behind atmospheric anomalies are - Unsealed.

Fri 27th January

The Conspiracy Show

Did the late Stanley Meyer figure out a way to run an internal combustion engine on pure water? And was he murdered because of the threat his invention posed to big oil? Richard speaks with a researcher with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, as well as two self-taught, backyard-tinkerers who believe the legends surrounding Meyer and his invention are true.

Fri 27th January

True Supernatural

Buried in archives and hidden museums lie some of the most controversial artefacts in history - items that provide proof that the supernatural exists. Now with the help of a team of experts and scientists from leading universities across the country, we'll examine cases using rigorous testing to put to bed any doubts of their truth. From evidence that extraterrestrial life exists to confirmation of the Chupacabra, we'll go over the facts and figures to establish why the paranormal is the new normal.

Fri 27th January

The Craven Street Bones

When skeletal remains of at least 10 people, including several infants, turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin's London residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side as the bones had been meticulously cut and drilled. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren't the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.

Fri 27th January

Time Team

Tony Robinson and the team travel to Poulton, Cheshire in search of an abandoned abbey that was once used by Cistercian monks. Local archaeologists had not been able to find any trace of the famous abbey and a number of theories and locations have been suggested as to its whereabouts. As the hunt drags on without any major progress, some of the team come up with a controversial theory.

Fri 27th January

Constructing Australia

Australia in the mid 1800s was a land isolated by distance and divided by two very different cultures. John McDouall Stuart's incredible crossing of this inhospitable land enabled Charles Todd to construct a telegraph line through the heart of the continent, bringing Australia to the world and the world to Australia. Its construction heralded the start of a new communications era every bit as revolutionary as the internet. News from overseas arrived in hours rather than months, securing Adelaide's position as the centre for early colonial communications. It made Todd a hero - but it cost Stuart his life.

Fri 27th January

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Fri 27th January

Noon

National Park: Secrets & Legends

In 1972, Eastern Airlines Flight 401 en route from New York to Miami crashes into Everglades National Park. One-hundred-and-one people are killed, and 77 others facing a living hell, trapped in the snake and alligator-infested swamp. When rescuers finally arrive, the pilot dies, and the co-pilot dies hours later in the hospital. Within months, the ghosts of these two men are sighted on other Eastern flights in a rash of hauntings that shake the airline down, with other crews refusing to fly on the planes. An investigation by the airline reveals that the haunted planes had parts salvaged from the wreck site in Everglades National Park. Once the parts are removed, the hauntings stop. The story leads viewers to wonder if the Park has a mysterious evil power. The next mystery is about the discovery of a murdered woman in an Everglades river in 1910. She is identified as an employee of an Everglades wealthy plantation owner, Edgar Watson. A local posse goes to his plantation and discovers dozens of human skeletons buried on the property. Watson isn't home, but when he turns up a week later he dies in a shootout with the posse. They determine that he has killed many of his workers for reasons no one can explain. Again the question is raised whether Everglades National Park has evil, transforming powers. Seventy years later, the Park draws another serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to killing as many as 600 people. Lucas says his murdering skills were honed in Everglades National Park by a Satanic cult called the Hand of Death. In a prison confession, Lucas says the Hand practised human sacrifice rituals on a remote island in the Park, and that he was accepted into their cult after slitting a man s throat. Though the Hand's secret base has never been discovered, Lucas says the Everglades is a place that breeds evil. That concept leads to the final story of the infestation of pythons in the Everglades, an invasive species that is killing almost all of it.

Fri 27th January

Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

There is a secret government facility accused of creating many diseases currently plaguing our country. Have we unleashed these biological weapons on purpose and if so, is there a secret lab near you?

Fri 27th January

Ancient Aliens

The Aborigines of Australia are the oldest, continuously surviving society on Earth. The stories preserved in their oral tradition are said to date back over 60,000 years, to an era they call the 'Dreamtime' and contain fascinating descriptions about how life began and our planet was seeded by extraterrestrials. Linguistic experts have just discovered that many of these indigenous legends can be scientifically verified by examining the geological record. Ancient Astronaut theorists propose that if the Aboriginal's oral traditions are indeed this accurate, then perhaps the tales they tell about sky gods visiting Earth in large, fire-spewing crafts are true as well. Could the ultimate evidence about our extraterrestrial past be found within the sacred stories, sites, and rituals of Australia's Wisdom Keepers?

Fri 27th January

Dangerous Missions

Look closely at those tall metal towers that span the country and you might see tiny specks climbing up the soaring steel like spiders on an enormous web.

Fri 27th January

Dogfights

Legendary fighter pilot, Colonel Robin Olds, sets an intricate trap for the North Vietnamese MiG-21's. His Squadron, the Wolfpack, disguise their lethal F4 Phantoms as vulnerable bombers.

Fri 27th January

Clydebuilt

This series travels the world to tell the fascinating story of the ships built during the golden age of ship-building at Clydebank, Glasgow - a time when "Clydebuilt" was synonymous with "world class". Unravelling the genealogy of some of the Clyde's most remarkable vessels - clippers like the Cutty Sark that pioneered the trade routes to the east, cable ship CS Mackay Bennett of the 19th century which made telegram communication possible, blockade running Robert E Lee and 20th century battleship HMS Hood - they all have their own individual stories to tell, of the lives they touched and the world they changed. It explores the intrinsic relationship between the Clyde, her ships and their role in shaping the modern world and in particular the Commonwealth.

Fri 27th January

Time Team

The team descend on the bleak, beautiful landscape of Bodmin Moor to face one their biggest challenges yet. The dig aims to date a possible Bronze Age village of stone houses. But alongside the village is a vast and mysterious 300m-long stone structure. It's likely to be much older than Bronze Age but no-one knows what it might have been. Could it be the biggest burial mound in England? The diggers battle appalling weather to unearth archaeological relics that take them back 7000 years, when Stone Age man stopped hunting and gathering and settled down to farm the land. In a makeshift lab another investigation is underway involving test tubes and microscopes. By analysing the soil and the remains of tiny bugs, the scientists begin to build up a picture of a once lush, forested expanse while also seeking to unravel how Bodmin Moor changed from a land of milk and honey into the windswept landscape it is today. Meanwhile, out in the water-logged trenches, the diggers unearth much-needed evidence of some of the earliest settlements in the country. And the 300m-long pile of stones proves to be much more significant than any of the archaeologists had dared hope for: a monument unique in British archaeology.

Fri 27th January

Evening

Constructing Australia

Australia in the mid 1800s was a land isolated by distance and divided by two very different cultures. John McDouall Stuart's incredible crossing of this inhospitable land enabled Charles Todd to construct a telegraph line through the heart of the continent, bringing Australia to the world and the world to Australia. Its construction heralded the start of a new communications era every bit as revolutionary as the internet. News from overseas arrived in hours rather than months, securing Adelaide's position as the centre for early colonial communications. It made Todd a hero - but it cost Stuart his life.

Fri 27th January

No Asylum: Anne Frank's Story

An unknown chapter of Anne Frank's life has recently been uncovered. A volunteer was sorting through Holocaust manuscripts in the YIVO archives at the Institute for Jewish Research when she came upon letters written by Anne Frank's father. Otto Frank wrote dozens of letters to various contacts in the US Government desperately trying to save his family from the clutches of the Nazis, letters that were lost until now. Otto's letters and the US State Department's responses paint a picture of the world's failure to respond to the plight of Jewish refugees. In this film, Anne Frank's surviving family, Buddy Elias and Eva Schloss, relate the unknown story of the Frank family's frantic search for sanctuary. And in so doing, the film retells the Anne Frank story, a poignant reminder of the plight of a world-famous refugee who has no where to go.

Fri 27th January

The Last Ring Home

Follow the story of Lt Minter Dial's Annapolis Naval Academy ring, which miraculously made its way home 18 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. The Last Ring Home is a tribute to Lt Dial, the producer's grandfather, and all members of the Greatest Generation, and the men and women among the Allied forces who gave so much. It is also a journey of self-discovery, having an impact on the filmmaker, his wider family and many other people in its wake. This story, which took over 25 years of research, illustrates the importance of serendipity and the role of good and bad luck in piecing together a personal history of someone who died 70 years ago. This is to inspire everyone to uncover their own personal history, to keep a foot in their past and the other foot in the future and to be thankful for the tremendous present in which we live, thanks to the sacrifices of those who fought in WWII.

Fri 27th January

Apollo: Training NASA's Moon Men

In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and into the history books as the first of only twelve men to walk on the Moon. But in 1961 when Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon, NASA had barely put a man into orbit. They had less than 10 years to train a team of astronauts to overcome the unknown challenges of a mission to the Moon. What followed was a rigorous, intense training period that put America's first astronauts through their paces; testing their physical and mental strength, stamina, flying skills and bravery to ensure they were made of the right stuff. But Centrifuges, probing medical tests and jungle survival training was just the beginning, planting flags and footprints wasn't enough; the select few would not only need to pilot the complex spacecraft to and from the moon but also be skilled photographers, geologists and scientists. Featuring stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film explores the early days of astronaut training, following those pioneering pilots from selection to the lunar surface and back again. This is the incredible story of how NASA trained America's best pilots to fly to the Moon, and take one giant leap for Mankind.

Fri 27th January

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Fri 27th January

The Missing Evidence

Six captivating unsolved mysteries. New evidence, but will the truth out? Is a bathing circus elephant in the 1930s the true source of the Loch Ness Monster myth? Why did Marilyn Monroe spend her last night arguing with mafia bosses? We explore the mystery, and reach for the answers.

Sat 28th January

Morning

America Unearthed

Forensic geologist Scott Wolter reveals that the history we all know may not always be the whole story. Across America, ancient symbols, religious relics, and unexplained artefacts suggest that civilisations from around the world have left their mark.

Sat 28th January

Forbidden History

In this episode, we investigate the life, work and beliefs of the enigmatic and mysterious Serbian Nikola Tesla - inventor, electrical engineer, physicist and futurist. Tesla was one of the most enigmatic but least known scientists of the last century. He was an early pioneer of both electricity and radio, and creator of one of the first electrical motors - so, why did he die in poverty and under investigation by the FBI? In this episode we travel to the UK and the USA to look at the life and work of a difficult, tortured but extraordinary man. Did his dream of free electrical power earn him the wrath of the US government and powerful big businesses of the time? Was his work and research deliberately suppressed? We're going to try and find out more.

Sat 28th January

Monsters & Mysteries

Enter the mysterious world of the paranormal and follow the eyewitnesses as they re-live their terrifying encounters with Mothman, Sasquatch, Bigfoot and other bizarre creatures. This program explores the paranormal through reconstructing the gripping encounters with the legends of the supernatural world.

Sat 28th January

UFO Hunters

It could be one of the darkest and most sinister secrets in the entire field of UFO investigation: human-alien genetic experiments, reportedly going on deep below the New Mexico desert brush in an underground base. There are even accounts of an uprising and a shootout between humans and rebellious alien Greys. The team will investigate this far-out story which includes testimony from a former homicide detective and undercover operative who have thoroughly investigated the region, interviews with UFO eyewitnesses, and a rare visit to a once top-secret government facility - all to determine what lies beneath the sands of what's called the 'Valley of Fear'.

Sat 28th January

No Asylum: Anne Frank's Story

An unknown chapter of Anne Frank's life has recently been uncovered. A volunteer was sorting through Holocaust manuscripts in the YIVO archives at the Institute for Jewish Research when she came upon letters written by Anne Frank's father. Otto Frank wrote dozens of letters to various contacts in the US Government desperately trying to save his family from the clutches of the Nazis, letters that were lost until now. Otto's letters and the US State Department's responses paint a picture of the world's failure to respond to the plight of Jewish refugees. In this film, Anne Franks' surviving family, Buddy Elias and Eva Schloss, relate the unknown story of the Frank family's frantic search for sanctuary. And in so doing, the film retells the Anne Frank story, a poignant reminder of the plight of a world-famous refugee who has no where to go.

Sat 28th January

Apollo: Training NASA's Moon Men

In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and into the history books as the first of only twelve men to walk on the Moon. But in 1961 when Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon, NASA had barely put a man into orbit. They had less than 10 years to train a team of astronauts to overcome the unknown challenges of a mission to the Moon. What followed was a rigorous, intense training period that put America's first astronauts through their paces; testing their physical and mental strength, stamina, flying skills and bravery to ensure they were made of the right stuff. But Centrifuges, probing medical tests and jungle survival training was just the beginning, planting flags and footprints wasn't enough; the select few would not only need to pilot the complex spacecraft to and from the moon but also be skilled photographers, geologists and scientists. Featuring stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film explores the early days of astronaut training, following those pioneering pilots from selection to the lunar surface and back again. This is the incredible story of how NASA trained America's best pilots to fly to the Moon, and take one giant leap for Mankind.

Sat 28th January

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Sat 28th January

The Missing Evidence

Six captivating unsolved mysteries. New evidence, but will the truth out? Is a bathing circus elephant in the 1930s the true source of the Loch Ness Monster myth? Why did Marilyn Monroe spend her last night arguing with mafia bosses? We explore the mystery, and reach for the answers.

Sat 28th January

Clydebuilt

This series travels the world to tell the fascinating story of the ships built during the golden age of ship-building at Clydebank, Glasgow - a time when "Clydebuilt" was synonymous with "world class". Unravelling the genealogy of some of the Clyde's most remarkable vessels - clippers like the Cutty Sark that pioneered the trade routes to the east, cable ship CS Mackay Bennett of the 19th century which made telegram communication possible, blockade running Robert E Lee and 20th century battleship HMS Hood - they all have their own individual stories to tell, of the lives they touched and the world they changed. It explores the intrinsic relationship between the Clyde, her ships and their role in shaping the modern world and in particular the Commonwealth.

Sat 28th January

Time Team

The team descend on the bleak, beautiful landscape of Bodmin Moor to face one their biggest challenges yet. The dig aims to date a possible Bronze Age village of stone houses. But alongside the village is a vast and mysterious 300m-long stone structure. It's likely to be much older than Bronze Age but no-one knows what it might have been. Could it be the biggest burial mound in England? The diggers battle appalling weather to unearth archaeological relics that take them back 7000 years, when Stone Age man stopped hunting and gathering and settled down to farm the land. In a makeshift lab another investigation is underway involving test tubes and microscopes. By analysing the soil and the remains of tiny bugs, the scientists begin to build up a picture of a once lush, forested expanse while also seeking to unravel how Bodmin Moor changed from a land of milk and honey into the windswept landscape it is today. Meanwhile, out in the water-logged trenches, the diggers unearth much-needed evidence of some of the earliest settlements in the country. And the 300m-long pile of stones proves to be much more significant than any of the archaeologists had dared hope for: a monument unique in British archaeology.

Sat 28th January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine Ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape Architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. And marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Sat 28th January

No Asylum: Anne Frank's Story

An unknown chapter of Anne Frank's life has recently been uncovered. A volunteer was sorting through Holocaust manuscripts in the YIVO archives at the Institute for Jewish Research when she came upon letters written by Anne Frank's father. Otto Frank wrote dozens of letters to various contacts in the US Government desperately trying to save his family from the clutches of the Nazis, letters that were lost until now. Otto's letters and the US State Department's responses paint a picture of the world's failure to respond to the plight of Jewish refugees. In this film, Anne Franks' surviving family, Buddy Elias and Eva Schloss, relate the unknown story of the Frank family's frantic search for sanctuary. And in so doing, the film retells the Anne Frank story, a poignant reminder of the plight of a world-famous refugee who has no where to go.

Sat 28th January

Noon

The Last Ring Home

Follow the story of Lt Minter Dial's Annapolis Naval Academy ring, which miraculously made its way home 18 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. The Last Ring Home is a tribute to Lt Dial, the producer's grandfather, and all members of the Greatest Generation, and the men and women among the Allied forces who gave so much. It is also a journey of self-discovery, having an impact on the filmmaker, his wider family and many other people in its wake. This story, which took over 25 years of research, illustrates the importance of serendipity and the role of good and bad luck in piecing together a personal history of someone who died 70 years ago. This is to inspire everyone to uncover their own personal history, to keep a foot in their past and the other foot in the future and to be thankful for the tremendous present in which we live, thanks to the sacrifices of those who fought in WWII.

Sat 28th January

Apollo: Training NASA's Moon Men

In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and into the history books as the first of only twelve men to walk on the Moon. But in 1961 when Kennedy pledged to put a man on the Moon, NASA had barely put a man into orbit. They had less than 10 years to train a team of astronauts to overcome the unknown challenges of a mission to the Moon. What followed was a rigorous, intense training period that put America's first astronauts through their paces; testing their physical and mental strength, stamina, flying skills and bravery to ensure they were made of the right stuff. But Centrifuges, probing medical tests and jungle survival training was just the beginning, planting flags and footprints wasn't enough; the select few would not only need to pilot the complex spacecraft to and from the moon but also be skilled photographers, geologists and scientists. Featuring stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, this inspirational film explores the early days of astronaut training, following those pioneering pilots from selection to the lunar surface and back again. This is the incredible story of how NASA trained America's best pilots to fly to the Moon, and take one giant leap for Mankind.

Sat 28th January

Brilliant Creatures

This two-part documentary series focuses on four Australians - satirist Barry Humphries, art critic Robert Hughes, writer Germaine Greer and writer and broadcaster Clive James - who left Australia in the 1960s and became cultural icons, and sometimes iconoclasts, in London and New York. To describe and dissect their individual and collective stories, who better as a tour guide than Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson, who first recognised them as a powerful intellectual force when he met them some 50 years ago.

Sat 28th January

China: Treasures of the Jade Empire

Explore the tombs of China's Han Dynasty, where the founders of the famous Silk Road and seekers of immortality were laid to rest. Within lie opulent artworks including terracotta armies, excavated to reveal their story.

Sat 28th January

Pearl Harbour: 24 Hours After

This two-hour special offers an in-depth look at the critical 24-hour period after news of Japan's attack on US soil in 1941 reached the president. Drawing on exhaustive research and new information provided by the FDR Library, the special gives a rare and surprising glimpse at the man behind the presidency and how he confronted the enormous challenge of transitioning the nation from peace to war. There was no direct phone line between Pearl Harbour and the White House. As information slowly trickled in and word of the bombing got out, panic gripped the White House. FDR's unique style of leadership enabled him to galvanise the American people in the wake of a grave and potentially demoralising attack. Featuring acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon, author of Pearl Harbour: FDR Leads the Nation Into War.

Sat 28th January

Evening

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine Ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape Architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. And marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Sat 28th January

Genius

When Orville and Wilbur Wright build and fly the world's first airplane, there's only one problem: No one believes them. For years, the Wrights work tirelessly to prove they are indeed the rightful inventors of the plane. During that time, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss begins manufacturing and selling his own planes - and making tons of money in the process - sparking a massive patent war that threatens to destroy the entire aviation industry before it even gets off the ground.

Sat 28th January

The Kennedy Files

Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon, yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st Century Kennedy's reveal. Joe Kennedy built an empire and expected his family to perpetuate a legacy of wealth, public service, and political power. But is that model too old-fashioned? In the 21st Century, isn't the price simply too high - even for the Kennedy's.

Sat 28th January

Pearl Harbor: Who Fired First?

Early morning, November 26, 1941. The navy squadron leaving the rendezvous near the Kuril Islands has another 5600 km ahead of it. Its destination is the Hawaiian Islands. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander of the imperial Japanese fleet hopes to demoralise the United States by means of a crushing pre-emptive strike, and win the war within six months. It's a military strategy unlike any before it. The divers who, more than 60 years later, traverse the sea floor off Oahu are marine biologists and engineers. During their dive, they make a startling discovery comparable to that of the wreck of the Titanic. Three hundred and sixty-six metres below the surface, they find a 'Midget', a Japanese navy submarine which was part of the Japanese plan to destroy Pearl Harbour. What is it about this Midget? Is this the Midget the destroyer Ward took up the chase in the morning of December 7th 1941 and finally fired at the sub's tower one hour before the Japanese attack?

Sat 28th January

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Sat 28th January

Ancient Aliens

Mass suicides, human sacrifices, unholy rituals. Are they con men? Are they insane? Or might the voices in their heads really be of an extraterrestrial origin? And if so, did they simply misinterpret the messages they received?

Sun 29th January

Morning

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Sun 29th January

Unsealed: Alien Files

Scientists have never been closer to proving that life once lived on Mars. But is it still there? And if so, how has it evolved? Join us as we investigate the red planet and the possibility that alien life may live within our own galaxy.

Sun 29th January

Great Mysteries and Myths

A documentary series for those who believe there can be nothing in the world more fascinating than the search for truth behind the most extraordinary mysteries and myths of the 20th century. A truly unique collection of stories shrouded in superstition and tragedy, this series brings to light a new perspective on these compelling and dark secrets.

Sun 29th January

Monsters & Mysteries

Ever since UFO sightings began, reports of mysterious dark suited men have followed. These Men-in-Black have been spotted around the world, threatening witnesses and destroying evidence. Are they government agents, extraterrestrial or something demonic?

Sun 29th January

Ancient Aliens

We uncover 75 million years of the most credible alien evidence on Earth, from the age of the dinosaurs, to ancient Egypt.

Sun 29th January

Genius

When Orville and Wilbur Wright build and fly the world's first airplane, there's only one problem: No one believes them. For years, the Wrights work tirelessly to prove they are indeed the rightful inventors of the plane. During that time, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss begins manufacturing and selling his own planes - and making tons of money in the process - sparking a massive patent war that threatens to destroy the entire aviation industry before it even gets off the ground.

Sun 29th January

The Kennedy Files

Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon, yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st Century Kennedy's reveal. Joe Kennedy built an empire and expected his family to perpetuate a legacy of wealth, public service, and political power. But is that model too old-fashioned? In the 21st Century, isn't the price simply too high - even for the Kennedy's.

Sun 29th January

Pearl Harbor: Who Fired First?

Early morning, November 26, 1941. The navy squadron leaving the rendezvous near the Kuril Islands has another 5600 km ahead of it. Its destination is the Hawaiian Islands. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander of the imperial Japanese fleet hopes to demoralise the United States by means of a crushing pre-emptive strike, and win the war within six months. It's a military strategy unlike any before it. The divers who, more than 60 years later, traverse the sea floor off Oahu are marine biologists and engineers. During their dive, they make a startling discovery comparable to that of the wreck of the Titanic. Three hundred and sixty-six metres below the surface, they find a 'Midget', a Japanese navy submarine which was part of the Japanese plan to destroy Pearl Harbour. What is it about this Midget? Is this the Midget the destroyer Ward took up the chase in the morning of December 7th 1941 and finally fired at the sub's tower one hour before the Japanese attack?

Sun 29th January

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Sun 29th January

Ancient Aliens

Mass suicides, human sacrifices, unholy rituals. Are they con men? Are they insane? Or might the voices in their heads really be of an extraterrestrial origin? And if so, did they simply misinterpret the messages they received?

Sun 29th January

Sex And The Church

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how the official Christian Church and Western society have moved apart on issues of sex and gender over the last 300 years. The enlightenment encouraged people to question authority and that included the Church's teachings on sex. In the late 17th century, prostitution and homosexuality openly flourished in western cities - an open affront to centuries of Christian teaching. At the same time, new forms of protestantism, such as methodism, began to question traditional church teaching, giving leadership roles to women. In the victorian age, sex became a subject for scientists to study, instead of a sin for the Church to condemn. Some Christian thinkers began to challenge the sexual status quo. Josephine Butler fought on behalf of prostitutes, while Bishop John Colenso argued that African converts should be allowed to continue their practice of polygamy. And in the mid 20th century, christians were at the forefront of the successful campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. But elsewhere, church leaders railed against these changes. Rome insisted on no divorce, no homosexuality, no contraception, and in recent years, both Catholic and Protestant churches have been mired in sex abuse scandals. Does Christian thinking still have anything to teach a secular world about sex?

Sun 29th January

Genius

When Orville and Wilbur Wright build and fly the world's first airplane, there's only one problem: No one believes them. For years, the Wrights work tirelessly to prove they are indeed the rightful inventors of the plane. During that time, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss begins manufacturing and selling his own planes - and making tons of money in the process - sparking a massive patent war that threatens to destroy the entire aviation industry before it even gets off the ground.

Sun 29th January

The Kennedy Files

Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon, yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st Century Kennedy's reveal. Joe Kennedy built an empire and expected his family to perpetuate a legacy of wealth, public service, and political power. But is that model too old-fashioned? In the 21st Century, isn't the price simply too high - even for the Kennedy's.

Sun 29th January

Pearl Harbor: Who Fired First?

Early morning, November 26, 1941. The navy squadron leaving the rendezvous near the Kuril Islands has another 5600 km ahead of it. Its destination is the Hawaiian Islands. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander of the imperial Japanese fleet hopes to demoralise the United States by means of a crushing pre-emptive strike, and win the war within six months. It's a military strategy unlike any before it. The divers who, more than 60 years later, traverse the sea floor off Oahu are marine biologists and engineers. During their dive, they make a startling discovery comparable to that of the wreck of the Titanic. Three hundred and sixty-six metres below the surface, they find a 'Midget', a Japanese navy submarine which was part of the Japanese plan to destroy Pearl Harbour. What is it about this Midget? Is this the Midget the destroyer Ward took up the chase in the morning of December 7th 1941 and finally fired at the sub's tower one hour before the Japanese attack?

Sun 29th January

Noon

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Sun 29th January

Ancient Aliens

Mass suicides, human sacrifices, unholy rituals. Are they con men? Are they insane? Or might the voices in their heads really be of an extraterrestrial origin? And if so, did they simply misinterpret the messages they received?

Sun 29th January

China's Emperor Of Evil

For 1300 years, Wu Zetian, China's only female Emperor, has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But new discoveries paint a very different picture of her reign. Using the latest archaeological and scientific techniques, archaeologists are now piecing together a fascinating new story of the only woman in Chinese history who dared to call herself 'Emperor'. When Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Emperor Wu's China it now emerges, was a commercial, technological and military superpower, and a cultural magnet that drew people from all over the world, from Japan to Persia and even to Greece. Combining cutting edge CGI and drone technology with dramatic reconstructions, this documentary shows how researchers are piecing together the true story of China's "empress of all evil" and how Emperor Wu was in fact the woman who made Dark Ages China a super power.

Sun 29th January

The Great Wall of China: Hidden Story

The Great Wall of China is one of the most instantly recognisable structures on earth; a symbol of the achievements not just of a nation, but of all humanity. Stretching 3,000 miles from the windswept Gobi Desert in the China's far west, before finally plunging into the sea in the far east, the Great Wall crosses roaring rivers, soaring mountains and deep valleys, ultimately achieving an extraordinary unity between man and nature. It is one of the Great Wonders of the world. Over their history, the Chinese built many walls to protect their Northern Frontier. But there was one moment in history, and one man who had the vision to unify these into the Great Wall of China we know today. Built with the blood and sweat of countless citizens, this is the human story behind the greatest construction project of all time - a structure thousands of miles long, which used 100 million tons of earth and 15 billion bricks - the equivalent of 15 Great Pyramids. The man was the great General Qi, inspired to protect his nation after the Mongols had invaded and reached the Forbidden City. This compelling film, featuring a cast of thousands and stunning CGI, dramatises events surrounding the construction of the wall through the eyes of the General, an ordinary worker and one of the great court politicians who turned the resources of an empire to this one project. In this definitive guide to the Great Wall, new archaeological findings are revealed, we go behind the scenes with China's modern army for the first time, and expert testimony is given by US and UK academics David Spindler and Robin Yates alongside Wang Tao, a professor of Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Sun 29th January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine Ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape Architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. And marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Sun 29th January

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands

Historian Paul Murton returns for more fascinating tours of Scotland. With Victorian guidebook 'Blacks Picturesque Guide to Scotland' in his hands, Paul follows in the footsteps of the first tourists to Scotland. Travelling by age-old modes of transport, including a horse-drawn caravan and steam train, Paul explores the most fascinating parts of the country that have charmed visitors since the birth of Scottish tourism 200 years ago.

Sun 29th January

Evening

Tony Robinson's Time Travels

Catastrophes capture both the tragedy of life and the strength of the human spirit. In this episode, Tony examines the series of events that lead to disasters and the legacies it leaves behind. From a daredevil acrobat risking his life in 19th century Sydney, to the ill-fated Burke and Wills cross-continental expedition. In New Zealand, Tony unearths long lost treasures that have resurfaced in the wake of Christchurch's destructive earthquake. He meets a woman who survived a maritime tragedy and built a poignant memorial. He comes across a bizarre gathering on a quiet South Australian beach in 1976, where everyone is just waiting for calamity to strike. Whether it's the instigator of catastrophe or a victim of tragedy, disasters test humanity to the core.

Sun 29th January

Orkney's Stone Age Temple

Spirituality in the Stone Age. One of the most significant and jaw-dropping ancient discoveries is happening in 2012. In the far north of Scotland, archaeologists are unearthing an amazing 5000-year-old religious temple complex, the first painted wall art ever seen from the Stone Age in Europe, and the precious objects that the builders left, at the heart of one of the most important sacred sites of the ancient world. This documentary asks, who built these great monuments? How were they used? And what did these people believe?

Sun 29th January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

The actress explores the Greek islands, beginning in Crete where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and then to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates.

Sun 29th January

Coast Australia

Neil and the team reveal fascinating tales from the inspiring and remote North Kimberley. Neil visits Australia's secret wartime airbase on the remote Anjo Peninsula before joining the traditional owners there to fight fire with fire. Tim Flannery travels to the iron islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and back into deep geological time. Marine Ecologist Emma Johnston examines how tidal pull is pivotal in the Kimberley's biggest aquaculture venture. Landscape Architect, Brendan Moar visits the most enchanted corner of the Dampier Peninsula - where oysters grow on trees and mud crabs are served for lunch. And marine scientist, Dean Miller discovers how local fauna are adapting to survive the inevitable march of the dreaded cane toad across the Kimberley.

Sun 29th January

Who Killed Gandhi?

How did Gandhi die and who killed him? These questions have never been adequately answered when looking at the life and biography of Mahatma Gandhi. This two-part special is the definitive inquiry into a deeply entrenched conspiracy that has remained only a footnote in history. It reveals an epic battle of clashing religious and political ideologies through interviews with historians, journalists, eyewitnesses and unprecedented access to the families of Mahatma Gandhi, his assassin Nathuram Godse, and the accused conspiracy mastermind VD Savarkar. Narrated by Canadian star Gordon Pinsent, the investigative documentary resurfaces rare archives, including the discovery of the All India Radio broadcast from January 20th 1948, where a gang of assassins is heard interrupting Gandhi's prayer meeting in a botched assassination attempt a mere ten days before the fateful final act.

Sun 29th January

Camp X: Secret Agent School

The story of North America's first secret agent training school, the role it played in defeating the Axis during World War II, and in the world of modern espionage - investigated through the first archaeological dig of the site; demonstrations of its training techniques; first person accounts of those who trained; and dramatic recreation of their exploits behind enemy lines. Dubbed the school of "mayhem and murder", Camp X and the schools it spawned, trained over 25,000 secret agents during the war. The investigation uncovers the camp's secret agent training manual and the role it played in forging the world of espionage, including the foundation of the CIA. Ian Fleming claimed to have trained there and the notorious Soviet mole, Kim Philby, wrote its secret training manual.

Sun 29th January

Chris Tarrant Extreme Railways

In this opening episode Chris travels the infamous Death Railway built by the Japanese with slave and POW labour during World War II at terrible human cost... and then explores the much older British built railway network of Myanmar which is still running today... as he travels from Bangkok to Mandalay.

Mon 30th January

Morning

Dangerous Missions

Look closely at those tall metal towers that span the country and you might see tiny specks climbing up the soaring steel like spiders on an enormous web.

Mon 30th January

Dogfights

Legendary fighter pilot; Colonel Robin Olds, sets an intricate trap for the North Vietnamese MiG-21's. His Squadron; the Wolfpack, disguise their lethal F4 Phantoms as vulnerable bombers.

Mon 30th January

History of Warfare

This is the story of General Andrew Jackson's great victory over a British army commanded by Sir Edmund Packenham during the war of 1812. The British landed at New Orleans in an attempt to win decisive control over the Mississippi valley, but Jackson, aided by the French pirate Jean Laffitte, constructed formidable fortifications. During the fight which followed, only 71 American troops became casualties, while the losses on the British side amounted to some 2000. The British cause was lost and they soon embarked for home.

Mon 30th January

Time Team

The team descend on the bleak, beautiful landscape of Bodmin Moor to face one their biggest challenges yet. The dig aims to date a possible Bronze Age village of stone houses. But alongside the village is a vast and mysterious 300m-long stone structure. It's likely to be much older than Bronze Age but no-one knows what it might have been. Could it be the biggest burial mound in England? The diggers battle appalling weather to unearth archaeological relics that take them back 7000 years, when Stone Age man stopped hunting and gathering and settled down to farm the land. In a makeshift lab another investigation is underway involving test tubes and microscopes. By analysing the soil and the remains of tiny bugs, the scientists begin to build up a picture of a once lush, forested expanse while also seeking to unravel how Bodmin Moor changed from a land of milk and honey into the windswept landscape it is today. Meanwhile, out in the water-logged trenches, the diggers unearth much-needed evidence of some of the earliest settlements in the country. And the 300m-long pile of stones proves to be much more significant than any of the archaeologists had dared hope for: a monument unique in British archaeology.

Mon 30th January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

The actress explores the Greek islands, beginning in Crete where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and then to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates.

Mon 30th January

Ancient X-Files

In the third episode of this exciting series, archaeologist Professor Shimon Gibson follows a trail of clues that leads him towards the lost Ark of the Covenant, a sacred golden box that holds the ten commandments and which, to some, holds the spirit of God. Wading waste deep through icy water in tunnels beneath old Jerusalem and scouring the city's rubbish tips for ancient clues to its whereabouts, Shimon unveils a world of intrigue, mystery and religion. On the day an ancient Jewish prophecy comes true, that claims to start a holy revolution, riots break out and Shimon is caught in the middle of a holy war. And the Ark of the Covenant is at the centre. Also in the oldest continuous scientific institution in the world, Londons Royal Society, a long lost manuscript, written by the greatest scientist that ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, may hide the secret to ever lasting life and eternal wealth. The Philosopher's Stone may be an object in a Harry Potter book, but to Newton it was very real. Scholar Dr Anna Marie Roos pulls in scientists and academics to decode Newton's encoded and cryptic, alchemical writings and she attempts to learn how close Newton came to discovering the Philosopher's Stone.

Mon 30th January

Who Killed Gandhi?

How did Gandhi die and who killed him? These questions have never been adequately answered when looking at the life and biography of Mahatma Gandhi. This two-part special is the definitive inquiry into a deeply entrenched conspiracy that has remained only a footnote in history. It reveals an epic battle of clashing religious and political ideologies through interviews with historians, journalists, eyewitnesses and unprecedented access to the families of Mahatma Gandhi, his assassin Nathuram Godse, and the accused conspiracy mastermind VD Savarkar. Narrated by Canadian star Gordon Pinsent, the investigative documentary resurfaces rare archives, including the discovery of the All India Radio broadcast from January 20th 1948, where a gang of assassins is heard interrupting Gandhi's prayer meeting in a botched assassination attempt a mere ten days before the fateful final act.

Mon 30th January

Camp X: Secret Agent School

The story of North America's first secret agent training school, the role it played in defeating the Axis during World War II, and in the world of modern espionage - investigated through the first archaeological dig of the site; demonstrations of its training techniques; first person accounts of those who trained; and dramatic recreation of their exploits behind enemy lines. Dubbed the school of "mayhem and murder", Camp X and the schools it spawned, trained over 25,000 secret agents during the war. The investigation uncovers the camp's secret agent training manual and the role it played in forging the world of espionage, including the foundation of the CIA. Ian Fleming claimed to have trained there and the notorious Soviet mole, Kim Philby, wrote its secret training manual.

Mon 30th January

Chris Tarrant Extreme Railways

In this opening episode Chris travels the infamous Death Railway built by the Japanese with slave and POW labour during World War II at terrible human cost... and then explores the much older British built railway network of Myanmar which is still running today... as he travels from Bangkok to Mandalay.

Mon 30th January

The Mystery of Zulu Dawn

In 1879 at the Battle of Isandlwana, the British suffered a degrading defeat at the hands of a much lesser army - the Zulus. What could possibly have gone wrong? Was this momentous defeat that cost the lives of almost 1500 British soldiers caused by the arrogance of an Empire who grossly underestimated their opponent? The Mystery of Zulu Dawn uses a dazzling blend of stunning location filming, extraordinary reconstructions, computer graphics and more than a hundred Zulu extras to explain the enigma shrouding this forgotten battle. The British army were the most powerful army on earth at the time. They vastly outmatched the Zulus both in numbers, and with their greatly superior weapons. Yet they were inexplicably defeated. Startling new truths are unearthed which help explain why on this particular day, and in this particular place, the Zulus became almost superhuman.

Mon 30th January

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands

Historian Paul Murton returns for more fascinating tours of Scotland. With Victorian guidebook 'Blacks Picturesque Guide to Scotland' in his hands, Paul follows in the footsteps of the first tourists to Scotland. Travelling by age-old modes of transport, including a horse-drawn caravan and steam train, Paul explores the most fascinating parts of the country that have charmed visitors since the birth of Scottish tourism 200 years ago.

Mon 30th January

Tony Robinson's Time Travels

Catastrophes capture both the tragedy of life and the strength of the human spirit. In this episode, Tony examines the series of events that lead to disasters and the legacies it leaves behind. From a daredevil acrobat risking his life in 19th century Sydney, to the ill-fated Burke and Wills cross-continental expedition. In New Zealand, Tony unearths long lost treasures that have resurfaced in the wake of Christchurch's destructive earthquake. He meets a woman who survived a maritime tragedy and built a poignant memorial. He comes across a bizarre gathering on a quiet South Australian beach in 1976, where everyone is just waiting for calamity to strike. Whether it's the instigator of catastrophe or a victim of tragedy, disasters test humanity to the core.

Mon 30th January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

The actress explores the Greek islands, beginning in Crete where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and then to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates.

Mon 30th January

Who Killed Gandhi?

How did Gandhi die and who killed him? These questions have never been adequately answered when looking at the life and biography of Mahatma Gandhi. This two-part special is the definitive inquiry into a deeply entrenched conspiracy that has remained only a footnote in history. It reveals an epic battle of clashing religious and political ideologies through interviews with historians, journalists, eyewitnesses and unprecedented access to the families of Mahatma Gandhi, his assassin Nathuram Godse, and the accused conspiracy mastermind VD Savarkar. Narrated by Canadian star Gordon Pinsent, the investigative documentary resurfaces rare archives, including the discovery of the All India Radio broadcast from January 20th 1948, where a gang of assassins is heard interrupting Gandhi's prayer meeting in a botched assassination attempt a mere ten days before the fateful final act.

Mon 30th January

Noon

Camp X: Secret Agent School

The story of North America's first secret agent training school, the role it played in defeating the Axis during World War II, and in the world of modern espionage - investigated through the first archaeological dig of the site; demonstrations of its training techniques; first person accounts of those who trained; and dramatic recreation of their exploits behind enemy lines. Dubbed the school of "mayhem and murder", Camp X and the schools it spawned, trained over 25,000 secret agents during the war. The investigation uncovers the camp's secret agent training manual and the role it played in forging the world of espionage, including the foundation of the CIA. Ian Fleming claimed to have trained there and the notorious Soviet mole, Kim Philby, wrote its secret training manual.

Mon 30th January

Chris Tarrant Extreme Railways

In this opening episode Chris travels the infamous Death Railway built by the Japanese with slave and POW labour during World War II at terrible human cost... and then explores the much older British built railway network of Myanmar which is still running today... as he travels from Bangkok to Mandalay.

Mon 30th January

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

Hitler's Wehrmacht harnessed the Panzer and the Stuka to produce as series of lightning victories culminating in the fall of France.

Mon 30th January

Dogfights

US Air Force fighter pilots risk their lives flying sleek F-86 Sabres above MIG Alley - the most dangerous piece of sky in the Korean War.

Mon 30th January

Building the Ancient City

In the opening episode of the series Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes us on a journey across stunning locations in Greece and Italy to find out how 2500 years ago, Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens. Every aspect of daily life from defence to waste disposal was controlled not by a king, but by the Athenians themselves. Ultimately, this radical new system would define a way of life and the Athenians would give it a name. They called it "people power" (demo-kratia), or democracy. On our journey, we meet the people who still see ancient Athens as the model for running the great cities of today, including perhaps the ancient capital's greatest champion in our modern one, Boris Johnson.

Mon 30th January

Time Team

The crumbling ruins of Codnor Castle are a sad remnant of the imposing home of the De Grey family, knights who saw action in almost every important medieval battle including the crusades and Agincourt. Today Codnor Castle lies in ruins and there's almost nothing known of how it looked in its prime. As the remains above ground get an overdue renovation, the Time Team risk the dangers of hidden mine shafts in the Derbyshire coalfields to dig into the heart of a building that once dominated the landscape to trace the castle's history. It lives up to the team's hopes as they strike gold with a 600-year-old gold noble coin as well as uncovering a huge round tower and, for the first time in the history of the programme, a drawbridge.

Mon 30th January

Evening

The American West

With America suffering in the throes of an international economic depression, Lt. Colonel George Custer confirms the rumour of a gold strike in sacred Sioux Indian territory - The Black Hills. In a secret policy meeting, President Ulysses S. Grant decides to break his peace with the Sioux, and forces Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull off the land the government had promised them. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse recruit one of the largest Indian tribal alliances in history, and prepare to combat the U.S. military. In Missouri, Jesse James goes head-to-head with Allan Pinkerton's agents. Pinkerton's botched raid on the James farmhouse proves deadly, and the Southern press vilifies the Pinkerton's for spilling innocent blood. James takes his revenge on the Pinkerton's, and continues his crusade against the Union. But in the spring of 1876, all eyes are turned to the West as Custer arrives on the plains to intercept Sitting Bull and Crazy at the Little Bighorn River.

Mon 30th January

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Mon 30th January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

On the final leg of her journey, Joanna starts by climbing Mt Olympus, where she meets athletes taking part in a marathon and then travels east to a festival where fortunes are read.

Mon 30th January

Man on Earth with Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson explores how a small group of our earliest African ancestors were rescued from extinction by the last great global warming 130,000 years ago. The barren landscape surrounding the oases in which they lived was transformed to lush savannah, enabling them to traverse the continent and eventually make it to Europe. As temperatures rose, so they would also later fall; in the Russian steppes, Dr Joy Singarayer finds out how the European Homo sapiens adapted to survive the last great Ice Age. But not all humans coped so well. In Gibraltar, Tony finds the last resting place of our Neanderthal cousins. Lacking our social brains, which enabled us to trade and get help from outsiders, the Neanderthals starved, dying out in lonely communities and even resorting to cannibalism.

Mon 30th January

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Mon 30th January

How We Got to Now

Steven Johnson explores how advancements in navigation, technology and travel would have been impossible without the unsung heroes of time.

Tue 31st January

Morning

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Tue 31st January

Dogfights

US Air Force fighter pilots risk their lives flying sleek F-86 Sabres above MIG Alley - the most dangerous piece of sky in the Korean War.

Tue 31st January

History of Warfare

This is the story of a soldier's life in the trenches of the Western Front during the Great War. For the millions of volunteer troops, the war which started as a great adventure - an opportunity to do your bit for King and country - ended in the nightmare of the mud-filled trenches of Flanders and Picardy. For those who survived, life would never be the same.

Tue 31st January

Time Team

The crumbling ruins of Codnor Castle are a sad remnant of the imposing home of the De Grey family, knights who saw action in almost every important medieval battle including the crusades and Agincourt. Today Codnor Castle lies in ruins and there's almost nothing known of how it looked in its prime. As the remains above ground get an overdue renovation, the Time Team risk the dangers of hidden mine shafts in the Derbyshire coalfields to dig into the heart of a building that once dominated the landscape to trace the castle's history. It lives up to the team's hopes as they strike gold with a 600-year-old gold noble coin as well as uncovering a huge round tower and, for the first time in the history of the programme, a drawbridge.

Tue 31st January

Live To Tell

This anthology series will follow the men of the Special Forces as they reveal their first person accounts of deadly covert missions. They will use high-end cinematic recreations and a docu-scripted narrative to tell these harrowing and heroic stories.

Tue 31st January

Blood and Glory: The Civil War

The Civil War, one of the most defining moments in American history, tore a nation apart, pitting North against South - brother against brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union, where the human rights of every person are guaranteed. With unprecedented access to government and private archives and using state-of-the-art technology, over 500 rare and compelling black and white photographs have been painstakingly colourised to illustrate the story of the Civil War in breathtaking detail. This episode examines the cultural and political tensions that ultimately explode into the most storied and bloodied war ever to be fought on US soil.

Tue 31st January

Man on Earth with Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson explores how a small group of our earliest African ancestors were rescued from extinction by the last great global warming 130,000 years ago. The barren landscape surrounding the oases in which they lived was transformed to lush savannah, enabling them to traverse the continent and eventually make it to Europe. As temperatures rose, so they would also later fall; in the Russian steppes, Dr Joy Singarayer finds out how the European Homo sapiens adapted to survive the last great Ice Age. But not all humans coped so well. In Gibraltar, Tony finds the last resting place of our Neanderthal cousins. Lacking our social brains, which enabled us to trade and get help from outsiders, the Neanderthals starved, dying out in lonely communities and even resorting to cannibalism.

Tue 31st January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

On the final leg of her journey, Joanna starts by climbing Mt Olympus, where she meets athletes taking part in a marathon and then travels east to a festival where fortunes are read.

Tue 31st January

How We Got to Now

Steven Johnson explores how advancements in navigation, technology and travel would have been impossible without the unsung heroes of time.

Tue 31st January

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Tue 31st January

Time Team

The crumbling ruins of Codnor Castle are a sad remnant of the imposing home of the De Grey family, knights who saw action in almost every important medieval battle including the crusades and Agincourt. Today Codnor Castle lies in ruins and there's almost nothing known of how it looked in its prime. As the remains above ground get an overdue renovation, the Time Team risk the dangers of hidden mine shafts in the Derbyshire coalfields to dig into the heart of a building that once dominated the landscape to trace the castle's history. It lives up to the team's hopes as they strike gold with a 600-year-old gold noble coin as well as uncovering a huge round tower and, for the first time in the history of the programme, a drawbridge.

Tue 31st January

The American West

With America suffering in the throes of an international economic depression, Lt. Colonel George Custer confirms the rumour of a gold strike in sacred Sioux Indian territory - The Black Hills. In a secret policy meeting, President Ulysses S. Grant decides to break his peace with the Sioux, and forces Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull off the land the government had promised them. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse recruit one of the largest Indian tribal alliances in history, and prepare to combat the U.S. military. In Missouri, Jesse James goes head-to-head with Allan Pinkerton's agents. Pinkerton's botched raid on the James farmhouse proves deadly, and the Southern press vilifies the Pinkerton's for spilling innocent blood. James takes his revenge on the Pinkerton's, and continues his crusade against the Union. But in the spring of 1876, all eyes are turned to the West as Custer arrives on the plains to intercept Sitting Bull and Crazy at the Little Bighorn River.

Tue 31st January

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

On the final leg of her journey, Joanna starts by climbing Mt Olympus, where she meets athletes taking part in a marathon and then travels east to a festival where fortunes are read.

Tue 31st January

Noon

Man on Earth with Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson explores how a small group of our earliest African ancestors were rescued from extinction by the last great global warming 130,000 years ago. The barren landscape surrounding the oases in which they lived was transformed to lush savannah, enabling them to traverse the continent and eventually make it to Europe. As temperatures rose, so they would also later fall; in the Russian steppes, Dr Joy Singarayer finds out how the European Homo sapiens adapted to survive the last great Ice Age. But not all humans coped so well. In Gibraltar, Tony finds the last resting place of our Neanderthal cousins. Lacking our social brains, which enabled us to trade and get help from outsiders, the Neanderthals starved, dying out in lonely communities and even resorting to cannibalism.

Tue 31st January

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Tue 31st January

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The story of how the Spitfires and Hurricanes turned the course of the war against Hitler's Luftwaffe.

Tue 31st January

Dogfights

A courageous, rag-tag band of American mercenaries dare to challenge the over-whelming might of the Japanese Air Force. The legendary Flying Tigers slash through the skies of China, and help vanquish the unstoppable Japanese.

Tue 31st January

The Wonder of Britain

Although Britain is a small island we certainly pack a lot in. From our volcanic ancient past, through ice ages and modern farming, our countryside story is one of dynamic diversity. Julia's list of wonders begins millions of years back in time on the dramatic Isle of Skye. Here she discovers how huge volcanic events shaped not only the landscape, but also gave birth to Britain itself. Moving next to Northern Ireland's Giants Causeway, Julia reveals how some of our most dramatic geological events have become cloaked in myths and legends. As Ice Age glaciers carved their way through Britain they shaped the landscape and at Cheddar George Julia reveals the wonder they left behind. Abseiling down the 400-foot sheer cliffs she discovers the beautiful caves and hollows that lie beneath. Three-hundred years of farming have constantly changed the face of Britain's countryside, so Julia's next wonder looks at the very latest farming innovation. At Castle Farm in Kent Lavender has become the newest crop to change Britain's garden of England from green to purple. Britain's countryside is home to numerous species of wildlife. Julia has chosen a true British icon to add to her list. At the Hawk Conservancy in Hampshire she discovers how the beautiful Barn Owl is such a ruthless silent assassin. Julia's final wonder is truly personal, as she re-visits her childhood in Derbyshire's Peak District with her dad. Here she discovers that the real wonder of Britain is simply spending time in a special place with a very special person.

Tue 31st January

Time Team

The stronghold was part of the defence of Dere Street, the main Roman road from York to Hadrian's Wall. The fort has fine mosaics and preserved rooms, but the team have just three days to find out everything they can about the vicus (the civilian settlement around the fort), vital for the smooth running of the military machine and providing for the pleasures of the men garrisoned there; however, they soon discover something even more exciting during the dig, a series of military mausoleums, the first discovery of its kind for over 150 years. They also discover the remains of food eaten by the descendants of the dead during ritual meals.

Tue 31st January

Evening

Capitulation

May 8, 1945. While the Allied troops were parading through liberated towns to cheering crowds, the Second World War was in its final, apocalyptic hours. The weeks preceding the end of the conflict would usher in a new world. The Soviets, more powerful than ever, invaded conquered territories and terrorised survivors. The last Nazi soldiers attempted to escape their inevitable fates. Throughout a continent in ruins, the Allies, viewed as heroes, were preparing for the advent of a democratic Europe. Using colourised archive images, some of which have never before been seen, the film immerses viewers into the intensity of these final events, from combats, which finally offered peace and freedom to oppressed people, to the best-kept diplomatic secrets. A victory, which also marked the first day of an historic confrontation, the Cold War.

Tue 31st January

ISIS: Rise Of Terror

How does a local militia run by a former criminal become the world's most feared terrorist organisation - a self-proclaimed state able to co-ordinate and inspire deadly attacks in cities and towns around the world? This program reveals the origins of the Islamic State, what they want to achieve, and how their shocking and violent tactics have redefined warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on fateful turning points in history, the documentary looks at America's eight year war in Iraq through the lens of the US policy makers, generals and intelligence officials who were there. They detail the missed opportunities that may have forestalled the rise of ISIS and track its evolving reign of terror through to the currently unfolding operations to roll back ISIS territory. Hear from attack survivors, and in an extraordinary interview, get a rare and unflinching first-hand look at life inside the Caliphate from an unrepentant ISIS fighter who justifies beheadings.

Tue 31st January

Life In The War

Rations, poverty and depression. Life in the war was the hardest time for the British. This documentary features rare footage capturing the harrowing story of what life was like.

Tue 31st January

The Pity Of War

World War I was one of the great turning points of modern history. We know - or think we know - where and when it began. In the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on 28 June 1914, a Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip murdered the heir to the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy. But how and why did this crisis in the Balkans escalate into a bloody global conflagration? Did Britain really have to fight a war against Germany? And what did this war say about humankind's propensity for violence? In this fascinating and fresh take on the Great War, Harvard historian Professor Niall Ferguson argues that much of the responsibility for the scale of the conflict lies with the British. He suggests that Britain's decision to enter the war in 1914 was not merely tragic for those who lost their lives, it was also a catastrophic error that unleashed an era of totalitarianism and genocide around the world.

Tue 31st January

The War That Changed the World

In June 1942, the Japanese suffered losses from which they would never recover, their final defeat would be hard-won, allowing Moa to bring the years of experiment, the consolidation of power, the development and promotion of policies and philosophies to the fore. Mao Zedong Thought was put into practice.

Wed 1st February

Morning

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The story of how the Spitfires and Hurricanes turned the course of the war against Hitler's Luftwaffe.

Wed 1st February

Dogfights

A courageous, rag-tag band of American mercenaries dare to challenge the over-whelming might of the Japanese Air Force. The legendary Flying Tigers slash through the skies of China, and help vanquish the unstoppable Japanese.

Wed 1st February

History of Warfare

The dramatic story of the campaigns of 58-53 BC, in which Julius Caesar and his Roman Legions conquered Gaul - modern-day France. Caesar's intervention in the brutal Gallic intertribal warfare was originally prompted by genuine concern for Italian security, but as the campaign developed, Rome's greatest commander began to hatch plans for full conquest. Remarkably, Caesar's own account of the Gallic Wars have survived to this very day.

Wed 1st February

Time Team

The stronghold was part of the defence of Dere Street, the main Roman road from York to Hadrian's Wall. The fort has fine mosaics and preserved rooms, but the team have just three days to find out everything they can about the vicus (the civilian settlement around the fort), vital for the smooth running of the military machine and providing for the pleasures of the men garrisoned there; however, they soon discover something even more exciting during the dig, a series of military mausoleums, the first discovery of its kind for over 150 years. They also discover the remains of food eaten by the descendants of the dead during ritual meals.

Wed 1st February

ISIS: Rise Of Terror

How does a local militia run by a former criminal become the world's most feared terrorist organisation - a self-proclaimed state able to co-ordinate and inspire deadly attacks in cities and towns around the world? This program reveals the origins of the Islamic State, what they want to achieve, and how their shocking and violent tactics have redefined warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on fateful turning points in history, the documentary looks at America's eight year war in Iraq through the lens of the US policy makers, generals and intelligence officials who were there. They detail the missed opportunities that may have forestalled the rise of ISIS and track its evolving reign of terror through to the currently unfolding operations to roll back ISIS territory. Hear from attack survivors, and in an extraordinary interview, get a rare and unflinching first-hand look at life inside the Caliphate from an unrepentant ISIS fighter who justifies beheadings.

Wed 1st February

Life In The War

Rations, poverty and depression. Life in the war was the hardest time for the British. This documentary features rare footage capturing the harrowing story of what life was like.

Wed 1st February

The Pity Of War

World War I was one of the great turning points of modern history. We know - or think we know - where and when it began. In the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on 28 June 1914, a Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip murdered the heir to the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy. But how and why did this crisis in the Balkans escalate into a bloody global conflagration? Did Britain really have to fight a war against Germany? And what did this war say about humankind's propensity for violence? In this fascinating and fresh take on the Great War, Harvard historian Professor Niall Ferguson argues that much of the responsibility for the scale of the conflict lies with the British. He suggests that Britain's decision to enter the war in 1914 was not merely tragic for those who lost their lives, it was also a catastrophic error that unleashed an era of totalitarianism and genocide around the world.

Wed 1st February

The War That Changed the World

In June 1942, the Japanese suffered losses from which they would never recover, their final defeat would be hard-won, allowing Moa to bring the years of experiment, the consolidation of power, the development and promotion of policies and philosophies to the fore. Mao Zedong Thought was put into practice.

Wed 1st February

The Wonder of Britain

Although Britain is a small island we certainly pack a lot in. From our volcanic ancient past, through ice ages and modern farming, our countryside story is one of dynamic diversity. Julia's list of wonders begins millions of years back in time on the dramatic Isle of Skye. Here she discovers how huge volcanic events shaped not only the landscape, but also gave birth to Britain itself. Moving next to Northern Ireland's Giants Causeway, Julia reveals how some of our most dramatic geological events have become cloaked in myths and legends. As Ice Age glaciers carved their way through Britain they shaped the landscape and at Cheddar George Julia reveals the wonder they left behind. Abseiling down the 400-foot sheer cliffs she discovers the beautiful caves and hollows that lie beneath. Three-hundred years of farming have constantly changed the face of Britain's countryside, so Julia's next wonder looks at the very latest farming innovation. At Castle Farm in Kent Lavender has become the newest crop to change Britain's garden of England from green to purple. Britain's countryside is home to numerous species of wildlife. Julia has chosen a true British icon to add to her list. At the Hawk Conservancy in Hampshire she discovers how the beautiful Barn Owl is such a ruthless silent assassin. Julia's final wonder is truly personal, as she re-visits her childhood in Derbyshire's Peak District with her dad. Here she discovers that the real wonder of Britain is simply spending time in a special place with a very special person.

Wed 1st February

Time Team

The stronghold was part of the defence of Dere Street, the main Roman road from York to Hadrian's Wall. The fort has fine mosaics and preserved rooms, but the team have just three days to find out everything they can about the vicus (the civilian settlement around the fort), vital for the smooth running of the military machine and providing for the pleasures of the men garrisoned there; however, they soon discover something even more exciting during the dig, a series of military mausoleums, the first discovery of its kind for over 150 years. They also discover the remains of food eaten by the descendants of the dead during ritual meals.

Wed 1st February

Capitulation

May 8, 1945. While the Allied troops were parading through liberated towns to cheering crowds, the Second World War was in its final, apocalyptic hours. The weeks preceding the end of the conflict would usher in a new world. The Soviets, more powerful than ever, invaded conquered territories and terrorised survivors. The last Nazi soldiers attempted to escape their inevitable fates. Throughout a continent in ruins, the Allies, viewed as heroes, were preparing for the advent of a democratic Europe. Using colourised archive images, some of which have never before been seen, the film immerses viewers into the intensity of these final events, from combats, which finally offered peace and freedom to oppressed people, to the best-kept diplomatic secrets. A victory, which also marked the first day of an historic confrontation, the Cold War.

Wed 1st February

ISIS: Rise Of Terror

How does a local militia run by a former criminal become the world's most feared terrorist organisation - a self-proclaimed state able to co-ordinate and inspire deadly attacks in cities and towns around the world? This program reveals the origins of the Islamic State, what they want to achieve, and how their shocking and violent tactics have redefined warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on fateful turning points in history, the documentary looks at America's eight year war in Iraq through the lens of the US policy makers, generals and intelligence officials who were there. They detail the missed opportunities that may have forestalled the rise of ISIS and track its evolving reign of terror through to the currently unfolding operations to roll back ISIS territory. Hear from attack survivors, and in an extraordinary interview, get a rare and unflinching first-hand look at life inside the Caliphate from an unrepentant ISIS fighter who justifies beheadings.

Wed 1st February

Noon

Life In The War

Rations, poverty and depression. Life in the war was the hardest time for the British. This documentary features rare footage capturing the harrowing story of what life was like.

Wed 1st February

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The gripping saga of the battles for control of the North African desert, which swung backwards and forwards from Cairo to Tripoli.

Wed 1st February

Dogfights

August 1942: Heroic, die-hard pilots of the tiny Cactus Air Force match skills and instincts against top Japanese aces as they battle in the skies above Guadalcanal.

Wed 1st February

Rome: The World's First Superpower

Larry begins this week in the heart of Rome, surrounded by the festivities as the city celebrates its 2767th birthday! Amid the carnival atmosphere, he sets out to examine the earliest beginnings of this extraordinary people, revealing how a settlement of mud huts became a kingdom, and then a republic. In the Circus Maximus, Larry explores the earliest accounts of the city's foundation, discovers the ancient and bloody legend of Romulus and Remus, and searches for the archaeology to back up these myths. Descending into the city's ancient sewers, he finds out how Rome's first leaders turned their village of mud huts into a city of stone - and how thousands laboured to their deaths to build the new city. The enormous foundations of the Temple of Jupiter in the Capitoline Museum reveal the scale of early Rome's ambition. The republic was born when the greed and corruption of Tarquin the Proud, Rome's seventh king, led to a revolution which brought down the monarchy. The letters SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus) can still be found all over the city and date from the time of the republic, but although it was governed in the name of the Senate and People of Rome, when it came to major decisions, Romans still turned to the gods. At one of ancient Rome's holy sites, Larry finds out how signs from the gods were interpreted. He also visits a huge archaeological dig in the hill country outside the city to uncover how divine blessing finally drove Rome to conquer its nearest neighbour. This monumental victory left Rome poised on the path to Empire.

Wed 1st February

Time Team

The Team travel to the windswept island of Barra, 50 miles off the west coast of Scotland, for a unique rescue dig. This Hebridean outpost is famous for its strip of unusually fertile sand dunes all round the coast, land that has been home to settlers for the last 4,000 years. When a storm ripped apart one of the dunes, it revealed Bronze Age graves and the remains of ancient houses. The team must also work in the face of the fierce Barra winds to preserve a collection of Iron Age ornaments before they become lost forever, including the remains of a cooking pot, and tools crafted from animal bones and whale rib.

Wed 1st February

Evening

Australia: The Story of Us

Australia emerges scarred from the First World War, but also victorious and confident. New technology like planes and radios shrink the continent. Charles Kingsford Smith uses both to cross the Pacific and tell Australians the story as it happens. Not even the Great Depression can stop the completion of the nation's most ambitious construction project: the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In hard times, Phar Lap carries the hopes of the nation on his broad back. And a secret Australian invention by unheralded genius Ruby Payne-Scott proves to be a critical turning point in a second global conflict. The war with Japan test Australians on the Kokoda Track.

Wed 1st February

Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain

This episode spans the early years when Iberia was a minor province of Carthage, through to the glories of Spain's Muslim age and the Cordoba Caliphate. Simon Sebag Montefiore travels to Cadiz with Spain's first invaders and visits a sacred island where the Carthaginian warrior Hannibal received the blessing of the Gods. We learn how early Spain was a battleground for empires, and visit Italica - a perfectly preserved Roman city with one of the finest amphitheatres outside Rome. From there this episode covers the early, brazen Christian Martyrs, the Visigoths and the Muslim conquest.

Wed 1st February

Genius

After sketching his idea for an 'electric television' on his high-school chalkboard, Philo Farnsworth dedicates his life to gaining the knowledge necessary to make his dream a reality. But when RCA tries to buy his patent (and the riches that come with it), Farnsworth and the RCA founder David Sarnoff face off; the results of their confrontation will forever change the way we experience the world.

Wed 1st February

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Wed 1st February

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Wed 1st February

East to West

This episode follows the birth of civilisation in Anatolia and the Middle East. We go back to the very beginnings; hunter-gatherers pause in Gobekli Tepe and start to build the world's first structures around 12,000 years ago. 2000 years later they start to settle and farm. We follow the first stages of civilisation: the rise of agriculture, governance and writing in Mesopotamia. We visit ancient Babylon (Iraq) and Mari (Syria) to explore the world's earliest cities. The latter part of the episode explores Alexander's arrival in Troy and his conquest of the Persian Empire - a journey that made him realise what he owed to the East. In Miletus remarkable new finds show that the Greek god Aphrodite began as the eastern god Ishtar. Even today, we discover that our system of dividing hours and angles into blocks of 60 is a system derived from the geniuses of Babylon. For the first time, the story of the birth and flourishing of civilisation in the Near and Middle East and it's huge influence on the West. Much of what happened in the West was only on the margins of the real engine room of artistic, religious and social evolution. For crucial phases in world history the key place was the Middle East - an extraordinary region that for millennia has been a political, economic and cultural centre of the world and a bridge between the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. For the foundation of science, justice, monotheism, commerce, civil rights and artistic expression - look Eastward. This is a complex truth; it encompasses vast Empires, reveals amassed libraries of manuscripts, assesses the Conquests period, the Ottomans and the Renaissance, travels the Silk Route, and covers three continents. From the ancient to the modern world, this series will be an epic journey of discovery, following a river flowing from the East to the West.

Thu 2nd February

Morning

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The gripping saga of the battles for control of the North African desert, which swung backwards and forwards from Cairo to Tripoli.

Thu 2nd February

Dogfights

August 1942: Heroic, die-hard pilots of the tiny Cactus Air Force match skills and instincts against top Japanese aces as they battle in the skies above Guadalcanal.

Thu 2nd February

History of Warfare

This is the story of the war which changed the course of Spanish history - the struggle between the supporters and opponents of the Spanish Second Republic, which raged between 1936 and 1939. During the war, new names were written large in world history, names such as the Republican-supporting International Brigade and the Nationalist General Franco, who led his side to ultimate victory.

Thu 2nd February

Time Team

The Team travel to the windswept island of Barra, 50 miles off the west coast of Scotland, for a unique rescue dig. This Hebridean outpost is famous for its strip of unusually fertile sand dunes all round the coast, land that has been home to settlers for the last 4,000 years. When a storm ripped apart one of the dunes, it revealed Bronze Age graves and the remains of ancient houses. The team must also work in the face of the fierce Barra winds to preserve a collection of Iron Age ornaments before they become lost forever, including the remains of a cooking pot, and tools crafted from animal bones and whale rib.

Thu 2nd February

Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain

This episode spans the early years when Iberia was a minor province of Carthage, through to the glories of Spain's Muslim age and the Cordoba Caliphate. Simon Sebag Montefiore travels to Cadiz with Spain's first invaders and visits a sacred island where the Carthaginian warrior Hannibal received the blessing of the Gods. We learn how early Spain was a battleground for empires, and visit Italica - a perfectly preserved Roman city with one of the finest amphitheatres outside Rome. From there this episode covers the early, brazen Christian Martyrs, the Visigoths and the Muslim conquest.

Thu 2nd February

Genius

After sketching his idea for an 'electric television' on his high-school chalkboard, Philo Farnsworth dedicates his life to gaining the knowledge necessary to make his dream a reality. But when RCA tries to buy his patent (and the riches that come with it), Farnsworth and the RCA founder David Sarnoff face off; the results of their confrontation will forever change the way we experience the world.

Thu 2nd February

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Thu 2nd February

China's Emperor Of Evil

For 1300 years, Wu Zetian, China's only female Emperor, has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But new discoveries paint a very different picture of her reign. Using the latest archaeological and scientific techniques, archaeologists are now piecing together a fascinating new story of the only woman in Chinese history who dared to call herself 'Emperor'. When Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Emperor Wu's China it now emerges, was a commercial, technological and military superpower, and a cultural magnet that drew people from all over the world, from Japan to Persia and even to Greece. Combining cutting edge CGI and drone technology with dramatic reconstructions, this documentary shows how researchers are piecing together the true story of China's "empress of all evil" and how Emperor Wu was in fact the woman who made Dark Ages China a super power.

Thu 2nd February

East to West

This episode follows the birth of civilisation in Anatolia and the Middle East. We go back to the very beginnings; hunter-gatherers pause in Gobekli Tepe and start to build the world's first structures around 12,000 years ago. 2000 years later they start to settle and farm. We follow the first stages of civilisation: the rise of agriculture, governance and writing in Mesopotamia. We visit ancient Babylon (Iraq) and Mari (Syria) to explore the world's earliest cities. The latter part of the episode explores Alexander's arrival in Troy and his conquest of the Persian Empire - a journey that made him realise what he owed to the East. In Miletus remarkable new finds show that the Greek god Aphrodite began as the eastern god Ishtar. Even today, we discover that our system of dividing hours and angles into blocks of 60 is a system derived from the geniuses of Babylon. For the first time, the story of the birth and flourishing of civilisation in the Near and Middle East and it's huge influence on the West. Much of what happened in the West was only on the margins of the real engine room of artistic, religious and social evolution. For crucial phases in world history the key place was the Middle East - an extraordinary region that for millennia has been a political, economic and cultural centre of the world and a bridge between the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. For the foundation of science, justice, monotheism, commerce, civil rights and artistic expression - look Eastward. This is a complex truth; it encompasses vast Empires, reveals amassed libraries of manuscripts, assesses the Conquests period, the Ottomans and the Renaissance, travels the Silk Route, and covers three continents. From the ancient to the modern world, this series will be an epic journey of discovery, following a river flowing from the East to the West.

Thu 2nd February

Rome: The World's First Superpower

Larry begins this week in the heart of Rome, surrounded by the festivities as the city celebrates its 2767th birthday! Amid the carnival atmosphere, he sets out to examine the earliest beginnings of this extraordinary people, revealing how a settlement of mud huts became a kingdom, and then a republic. In the Circus Maximus, Larry explores the earliest accounts of the city's foundation, discovers the ancient and bloody legend of Romulus and Remus, and searches for the archaeology to back up these myths. Descending into the city's ancient sewers, he finds out how Rome's first leaders turned their village of mud huts into a city of stone - and how thousands laboured to their deaths to build the new city. The enormous foundations of the Temple of Jupiter in the Capitoline Museum reveal the scale of early Rome's ambition. The republic was born when the greed and corruption of Tarquin the Proud, Rome's seventh king, led to a revolution which brought down the monarchy. The letters SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus) can still be found all over the city and date from the time of the republic, but although it was governed in the name of the Senate and People of Rome, when it came to major decisions, Romans still turned to the gods. At one of ancient Rome's holy sites, Larry finds out how signs from the gods were interpreted. He also visits a huge archaeological dig in the hill country outside the city to uncover how divine blessing finally drove Rome to conquer its nearest neighbour. This monumental victory left Rome poised on the path to Empire.

Thu 2nd February

Time Team

The Team travel to the windswept island of Barra, 50 miles off the west coast of Scotland, for a unique rescue dig. This Hebridean outpost is famous for its strip of unusually fertile sand dunes all round the coast, land that has been home to settlers for the last 4,000 years. When a storm ripped apart one of the dunes, it revealed Bronze Age graves and the remains of ancient houses. The team must also work in the face of the fierce Barra winds to preserve a collection of Iron Age ornaments before they become lost forever, including the remains of a cooking pot, and tools crafted from animal bones and whale rib.

Thu 2nd February

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Thu 2nd February

Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain

This episode spans the early years when Iberia was a minor province of Carthage, through to the glories of Spain's Muslim age and the Cordoba Caliphate. Simon Sebag Montefiore travels to Cadiz with Spain's first invaders and visits a sacred island where the Carthaginian warrior Hannibal received the blessing of the Gods. We learn how early Spain was a battleground for empires, and visit Italica - a perfectly preserved Roman city with one of the finest amphitheatres outside Rome. From there this episode covers the early, brazen Christian Martyrs, the Visigoths and the Muslim conquest.

Thu 2nd February

Noon

Genius

After sketching his idea for an 'electric television' on his high-school chalkboard, Philo Farnsworth dedicates his life to gaining the knowledge necessary to make his dream a reality. But when RCA tries to buy his patent (and the riches that come with it), Farnsworth and the RCA founder David Sarnoff face off; the results of their confrontation will forever change the way we experience the world.

Thu 2nd February

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Thu 2nd February

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The fascinating story of the battle for control of the North Atlantic, which was waged between 1939 and 1944.

Thu 2nd February

Dogfights

The US Navy's top fighter, the F8 Crusader flown by skilled fighter jocks tackles the fierce North Vietnamese MiG over the killing skies of Vietnam.

Thu 2nd February

Mystery of the Headless Romans

On the outskirts of York, archaeologists have made a remarkable yet sinister discovery. Just 60 miles from the edge of the known Roman world, 49 beheaded skeletons have been unearthed. Even stranger, one of the victims was buried with thick iron rings around his ankles that could only have been forged onto him while he was alive. Never has anything like this been discovered in the Roman world. So were these men legionaries defeated and then defiled after battle? Or enemies whose ghosts the Romans did not want returning to haunt them. Who were these men and why were they decapitated? Were they beheaded before or after their death? Was this a ritual killing, a punishment, or were they killed in battle? And was the man with the leg irons a slave or prisoner? Travelling to the far corners of the Roman World - to Syria, to the Rhine - to find the isotopic imprints that might grant identities to these soldiers, and provide clues to their bizarre graves.

Thu 2nd February

Time Team

A Northampton family, the Colecloughs live on the site of a 900-year-old nunnery with a rather fruity past, which was at various times accused of witchcraft, begging and debauchery. The burial of a much loved family pet provides the curious starting point for an investigation. When eight-year-old Amy Coleclough's cat Paintpot died and her father dug a grave, he uncovered a large old wall. So Tony and the team dig up their garden, including a mysterious sarcophagus hidden there.

Thu 2nd February

Evening

Rome Unwrapped

A stadium for 50,000. A modern architectural miracle 2000 years old. Here, stars were made. Lives were ended. Rome's glory was revealed but so was its ugly heart. From the archaeological evidence, and the sole surviving eyewitness account we reconstruct the day the Colosseum first opened its doors through beast fights, executions, and a legendary duel. It was glorious, brutal, ingenious, spectacular; terrifying. The Colosseum was Rome and its first day saw the birth of the entertainment industry.

Thu 2nd February

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Thu 2nd February

National Park: Secrets & Legends

A tourist visiting Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park takes some sand and lava as a keepsake, and within weeks his perfect life begins a downward spiral, culminating in his arrest by the FBI. He discovers that hundreds of visitors to the Park have also experienced bad luck after removing natural objects from the area. Native Hawaiians believe that Volcanoes is protected by a goddess named Pele, who seeks revenge on anyone who disturbs the area's natural balance. Many people have accounts of seeing Pele, and one man tells a story of how she saved his life for reasons he cannot explain. The greatest mystery at Volcanoes National Park is the death of two experienced hikers, one of whose bodies was found burned beyond recognition, but not by lava flow. Some speculate Pele may have a hand in the deaths, while others believe the sightings of mysterious fireballs over the park may be linked to black magic which took the lives of the two hikers.

Thu 2nd February

Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

There is a battle going on for your mind. From the Cold War to the TV set, someone wants to control what you think, how you act and what you believe. We'll reveal the new practices in mind control and tell you why you need to start paying attention... before it's too late.

Thu 2nd February

The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved

Do Rome's ancient monuments have secret connections to the Sun? New archaeological evidence, confirmed by NASA data and recreated in state-of-the-art virtual reality, suggests that early Roman emperors mastered architecture and astronomy to make the Sun create strange special effects for reasons both political and personal. One set up an obelisk and altar that blocked the Sun on the anniversary of Julius Caesar's murder, another built a domed room that bathed him in sunlight on certain days, and the Emperor Hadrian designed the Pantheon to mark cosmic events like equinoxes, and turned the central 'oculus' of the temple dome into his own personal spotlight, but for what nefarious purposes? We uncover the last great mysteries of the ancient world's greatest empire. The answers are hidden in ancient ruins, and among the stars.

Thu 2nd February

Unsealed: Alien Files

Millions of people believe extraterrestrials live on Earth. Are the aliens here to enlighten us or destroy us? What if the worst-case scenario happened? What would aliens do? And how would they do it?

Thu 2nd February

The Conspiracy Show

Did this pop icon and blond bombshell succumb to a drug overdose in 1962 as we've been led to believe, or was she killed for knowing too much? Did pillow talk with her lovers, Bobby and John F Kennedy, lead to her untimely demise? We travel to southern California to unravel the truth behind the death of silver screen legend.

Thu 2nd February

True Supernatural

Buried in archives and hidden museums lie some of the most controversial artefacts in history - items that provide proof that the supernatural exists. Now with the help of a team of experts and scientists from leading universities across the country, we'll examine cases using rigorous testing to put to bed any doubts of their truth. From evidence that extraterrestrial life exists to confirmation of the Chupacabra, we'll go over the facts and figures to establish why the paranormal is the new normal.

Fri 3rd February

Morning

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The fascinating story of the battle for control of the North Atlantic, which was waged between 1939 and 1944.

Fri 3rd February

Dogfights

The US Navy's top fighter, the F8 Crusader flown by skilled fighter jocks tackles the fierce North Vietnamese MiG over the killing skies of Vietnam.

Fri 3rd February

History of Warfare

This is the story of the last of the wars in the 18th century between Britain and France for control of North America. The longstanding and deep-rooted animosity between the two countries made this final and dramatic confrontation inevitable. The French Indian Wars are best remembered for the battle of Quebec, where Wolfe's brilliant, daring leadership and disciplined British musket fire routed the French during a short but brutal battle. Wolfe himself was shot and killed; he did not live to see Quebec surrender on September 18 or the British take control of Canada.

Fri 3rd February

Time Team

A Northampton family, the Colecloughs live on the site of a 900-year-old nunnery with a rather fruity past, which was at various times accused of witchcraft, begging and debauchery. The burial of a much loved family pet provides the curious starting point for an investigation. When eight-year-old Amy Coleclough's cat Paintpot died and her father dug a grave, he uncovered a large old wall. So Tony and the team dig up their garden, including a mysterious sarcophagus hidden there.

Fri 3rd February

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Fri 3rd February

National Park: Secrets & Legends

A tourist visiting Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park takes some sand and lava as a keepsake, and within weeks his perfect life begins a downward spiral, culminating in his arrest by the FBI. He discovers that hundreds of visitors to the Park have also experienced bad luck after removing natural objects from the area. Native Hawaiians believe that Volcanoes is protected by a goddess named Pele, who seeks revenge on anyone who disturbs the area's natural balance. Many people have accounts of seeing Pele, and one man tells a story of how she saved his life for reasons he cannot explain. The greatest mystery at Volcanoes National Park is the death of two experienced hikers, one of whose bodies was found burned beyond recognition, but not by lava flow. Some speculate Pele may have a hand in the deaths, while others believe the sightings of mysterious fireballs over the park may be linked to black magic which took the lives of the two hikers.

Fri 3rd February

The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved

Do Rome's ancient monuments have secret connections to the Sun? New archaeological evidence, confirmed by NASA data and recreated in state-of-the-art virtual reality, suggests that early Roman emperors mastered architecture and astronomy to make the Sun create strange special effects for reasons both political and personal. One set up an obelisk and altar that blocked the Sun on the anniversary of Julius Caesar's murder, another built a domed room that bathed him in sunlight on certain days, and the Emperor Hadrian designed the Pantheon to mark cosmic events like equinoxes, and turned the central 'oculus' of the temple dome into his own personal spotlight, but for what nefarious purposes? We uncover the last great mysteries of the ancient world's greatest empire. The answers are hidden in ancient ruins, and among the stars.

Fri 3rd February

Unsealed: Alien Files

Millions of people believe extraterrestrials live on Earth. Are the aliens here to enlighten us or destroy us? What if the worst-case scenario happened? What would aliens do? And how would they do it?

Fri 3rd February

The Conspiracy Show

Did this pop icon and blond bombshell succumb to a drug overdose in 1962 as we've been led to believe, or was she killed for knowing too much? Did pillow talk with her lovers, Bobby and John F Kennedy, lead to her untimely demise? We travel to southern California to unravel the truth behind the death of silver screen legend.

Fri 3rd February

True Supernatural

Buried in archives and hidden museums lie some of the most controversial artefacts in history - items that provide proof that the supernatural exists. Now with the help of a team of experts and scientists from leading universities across the country, we'll examine cases using rigorous testing to put to bed any doubts of their truth. From evidence that extraterrestrial life exists to confirmation of the Chupacabra, we'll go over the facts and figures to establish why the paranormal is the new normal.

Fri 3rd February

Mystery of the Headless Romans

On the outskirts of York, archaeologists have made a remarkable yet sinister discovery. Just 60 miles from the edge of the known Roman world, 49 beheaded skeletons have been unearthed. Even stranger, one of the victims was buried with thick iron rings around his ankles that could only have been forged onto him while he was alive. Never has anything like this been discovered in the Roman world. So were these men legionaries defeated and then defiled after battle? Or enemies whose ghosts the Romans did not want returning to haunt them. Who were these men and why were they decapitated? Were they beheaded before or after their death? Was this a ritual killing, a punishment, or were they killed in battle? And was the man with the leg irons a slave or prisoner? Travelling to the far corners of the Roman World - to Syria, to the Rhine - to find the isotopic imprints that might grant identities to these soldiers, and provide clues to their bizarre graves.

Fri 3rd February

Time Team

A Northampton family, the Colecloughs live on the site of a 900-year-old nunnery with a rather fruity past, which was at various times accused of witchcraft, begging and debauchery. The burial of a much loved family pet provides the curious starting point for an investigation. When eight-year-old Amy Coleclough's cat Paintpot died and her father dug a grave, he uncovered a large old wall. So Tony and the team dig up their garden, including a mysterious sarcophagus hidden there.

Fri 3rd February

Rome Unwrapped

A stadium for 50,000. A modern architectural miracle 2000 years old. Here, stars were made. Lives were ended. Rome's glory was revealed but so was its ugly heart. From the archaeological evidence, and the sole surviving eyewitness account we reconstruct the day the Colosseum first opened its doors through beast fights, executions, and a legendary duel. It was glorious, brutal, ingenious, spectacular; terrifying. The Colosseum was Rome and its first day saw the birth of the entertainment industry.

Fri 3rd February

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Fri 3rd February

Noon

National Park: Secrets & Legends

A tourist visiting Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park takes some sand and lava as a keepsake, and within weeks his perfect life begins a downward spiral, culminating in his arrest by the FBI. He discovers that hundreds of visitors to the Park have also experienced bad luck after removing natural objects from the area. Native Hawaiians believe that Volcanoes is protected by a goddess named Pele, who seeks revenge on anyone who disturbs the area's natural balance. Many people have accounts of seeing Pele, and one man tells a story of how she saved his life for reasons he cannot explain. The greatest mystery at Volcanoes National Park is the death of two experienced hikers, one of whose bodies was found burned beyond recognition, but not by lava flow. Some speculate Pele may have a hand in the deaths, while others believe the sightings of mysterious fireballs over the park may be linked to black magic which took the lives of the two hikers.

Fri 3rd February

Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

There is a battle going on for your mind. From the Cold War to the TV set, someone wants to control what you think, how you act and what you believe. We'll reveal the new practices in mind control and tell you why you need to start paying attention... before it's too late.

Fri 3rd February

The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved

Do Rome's ancient monuments have secret connections to the Sun? New archaeological evidence, confirmed by NASA data and recreated in state-of-the-art virtual reality, suggests that early Roman emperors mastered architecture and astronomy to make the Sun create strange special effects for reasons both political and personal. One set up an obelisk and altar that blocked the Sun on the anniversary of Julius Caesar's murder, another built a domed room that bathed him in sunlight on certain days, and the Emperor Hadrian designed the Pantheon to mark cosmic events like equinoxes, and turned the central 'oculus' of the temple dome into his own personal spotlight, but for what nefarious purposes? We uncover the last great mysteries of the ancient world's greatest empire. The answers are hidden in ancient ruins, and among the stars.

Fri 3rd February

Decisive Battles of Hitler's War

The tide of Hitler's conquests is turned by the mobility produced by the humble T-34 tank produced in huge numbers by the Soviet Union.

Fri 3rd February

Dogfights

1943. The infamous Japanese Zero is decimating American aircraft. No allied plane can match Japan's deadliest fighter plane manned by skilled Imperial Navy veterans.

Fri 3rd February

Rome's Invisible City

With exclusive access deep beneath Rome's streets and stunning new visualisation techniques, classicist Dr Michael Scott leads a team of experts to reveal the full story of the ancient world's most awe-inspiring city and the extraordinary people who created and lived in it. Rome's spectacular skyline is as breathtaking today as when it was built. But that iconic cityscape is only half the story. There is another Rome that few people have ever seen. From huge underground quarries, subterranean aqueducts, vast water cisterns to ornate temple and tombs and the elaborate lifts, trap doors and mechanics beneath the Colosseum, this documentary reveals for the first time the buried story of the ingenious Romans and how they planned, created and lived in their captivating city more than two millennia ago.

Fri 3rd February

Time Team

The team unearth the secrets of a Cotswolds field. Roman coins and bits of masonry have been found on this land but it's the chance discovery of a piece of mosaic floor that has really got the archaeologists excited.

Fri 3rd February

Evening

Rome Unwrapped

This is the story of a disaster like no other. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, it rained seven million tonnes of debris onto Pompeii and sealed the fate of more than a thousand people. But it also sealed the city from the world: preserved it, protected it, like nowhere else on earth, the rediscovered Pompeii gives us access to the ancient world. And now, with new findings and new insights, we can tell the story of the ordinary people caught up in this disaster. These are the forgotten men and women who lived when Rome ruled and were buried when the volcano blew.

Fri 3rd February

41

The 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush reflects on the highs and lows of his life, sharing personal anecdotes from his childhood, his family, serving in WWII, his political career, and more.

Fri 3rd February

ISIS: Rise Of Terror

How does a local militia run by a former criminal become the world's most feared terrorist organisation - a self-proclaimed state able to co-ordinate and inspire deadly attacks in cities and towns around the world? This program reveals the origins of the Islamic State, what they want to achieve, and how their shocking and violent tactics have redefined warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on fateful turning points in history, the documentary looks at America's eight year war in Iraq through the lens of the US policy makers, generals and intelligence officials who were there. They detail the missed opportunities that may have forestalled the rise of ISIS and track its evolving reign of terror through to the currently unfolding operations to roll back ISIS territory. Hear from attack survivors, and in an extraordinary interview, get a rare and unflinching first-hand look at life inside the Caliphate from an unrepentant ISIS fighter who justifies beheadings.

Fri 3rd February

The Missing Evidence

While the world focused on the organisation responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, scientists tackled a more fundamental question, why the towers collapsed at all?

Sat 4th February

Morning

America Unearthed

Forensic Geologist Scott Wolter returns to his roots, gathering new evidence to support the theory that started him down the path of investigating mysterious artefacts and sites in the United States. That theory? That some members of the Knights Templar came to America after escaping death on Friday, October 13th, 1307. He uncovers shocking new secrets and sites, both stateside and abroad, linking the Knights Templar to cryptic symbols he believes represent one thing - a connection to Jesus's rumoured bloodline.

Sat 4th February

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura steps into America's most controversial conspiracy by challenging the 9/11 Commission Report and searching for evidence that the September 11 attacks may have been an inside job. At the urging of victims' families, he finds witnesses who claim the towers were brought down by explosives, the missing black box flight recorders were actually recovered and ground control knew the hijackers were in the cockpits before the jets took off.

Sat 4th February

Monsters & Mysteries

Across America, unidentified creatures have terrorised entire towns. With an appetite for residents, cold-blooded, sewer-dwelling reptoids are said to lurk beneath Los Angeles-and in the forests of Tennessee hunters encounter the legendary Wildman.

Sat 4th February

UFO Hunters

They are described by hundreds of witnesses as grey-skinned beings: no ears, no nose, and bulbous black eyes. Are these so-called Greys visitors from another planet? The team investigates stories of abductions in two different countries - their harrowing accounts disturbingly similar. In hypnotic regression, eyewitnesses describe being taken aboard alien spacecraft as part of a bizarre program to form hybrid beings. The team tracks down potential proof: an unusual, one-of-a-kind skull discovered in a cave in Mexico that bears an eerie resemblance to the Greys described by abductees.

Sat 4th February

41

The 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush reflects on the highs and lows of his life, sharing personal anecdotes from his childhood, his family, serving in WWII, his political career, and more.

Sat 4th February

ISIS: Rise Of Terror

How does a local militia run by a former criminal become the world's most feared terrorist organisation - a self-proclaimed state able to co-ordinate and inspire deadly attacks in cities and towns around the world? This program reveals the origins of the Islamic State, what they want to achieve, and how their shocking and violent tactics have redefined warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on fateful turning points in history, the documentary looks at America's eight year war in Iraq through the lens of the US policy makers, generals and intelligence officials who were there. They detail the missed opportunities that may have forestalled the rise of ISIS and track its evolving reign of terror through to the currently unfolding operations to roll back ISIS territory. Hear from attack survivors, and in an extraordinary interview, get a rare and unflinching first-hand look at life inside the Caliphate from an unrepentant ISIS fighter who justifies beheadings.

Sat 4th February

The Missing Evidence

While the world focused on the organisation responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, scientists tackled a more fundamental question, why the towers collapsed at all?

Sat 4th February

Rome's Invisible City

With exclusive access deep beneath Rome's streets and stunning new visualisation techniques, classicist Dr Michael Scott leads a team of experts to reveal the full story of the ancient world's most awe-inspiring city and the extraordinary people who created and lived in it. Rome's spectacular skyline is as breathtaking today as when it was built. But that iconic cityscape is only half the story. There is another Rome that few people have ever seen. From huge underground quarries, subterranean aqueducts, vast water cisterns to ornate temple and tombs and the elaborate lifts, trap doors and mechanics beneath the Colosseum, this documentary reveals for the first time the buried story of the ingenious Romans and how they planned, created and lived in their captivating city more than two millennia ago.

Sat 4th February

Time Team

The team unearth the secrets of a Cotswolds field. Roman coins and bits of masonry have been found on this land but it's the chance discovery of a piece of mosaic floor that has really got the archaeologists excited.

Sat 4th February

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Sat 4th February

41

The 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush reflects on the highs and lows of his life, sharing personal anecdotes from his childhood, his family, serving in WWII, his political career, and more.

Sat 4th February

Noon

ISIS: Rise Of Terror

How does a local militia run by a former criminal become the world's most feared terrorist organisation - a self-proclaimed state able to co-ordinate and inspire deadly attacks in cities and towns around the world? This program reveals the origins of the Islamic State, what they want to achieve, and how their shocking and violent tactics have redefined warfare in the 21st century. Focusing on fateful turning points in history, the documentary looks at America's eight year war in Iraq through the lens of the US policy makers, generals and intelligence officials who were there. They detail the missed opportunities that may have forestalled the rise of ISIS and track its evolving reign of terror through to the currently unfolding operations to roll back ISIS territory. Hear from attack survivors, and in an extraordinary interview, get a rare and unflinching first-hand look at life inside the Caliphate from an unrepentant ISIS fighter who justifies beheadings.

Sat 4th February

Dive WWII

The battle for control of the Atlantic. During World War II, Germany's U-boat fleet fought a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Allies for control of the Atlantic. It was the U-boat that spearheaded the German attempt to strangle the life out of the Allied War effort, and they very nearly succeeded - over 3500 Allied ships bringing vital supplies from the United States and Canada to Europe were lost to their deadly fire power. This series joins a team of divers and historians as they explore the U-boat wrecks, which have remained forgotten, and untouched, for nearly 70 years. Along the way the series tells the full story of the U-boat war - the key events, the heroes and villains, and the changing tide of technological advances. Motion graphics, moving first hand testimony and detailed expert analysis brings the most important and thrilling battle of World War II back to life.

Sat 4th February

Who Killed Gandhi?

How did Gandhi die and who killed him? These questions have never been adequately answered when looking at the life and biography of Mahatma Gandhi. This two-part special is the definitive inquiry into a deeply entrenched conspiracy that has remained only a footnote in history. It reveals an epic battle of clashing religious and political ideologies through interviews with historians, journalists, eyewitnesses and unprecedented access to the families of Mahatma Gandhi, his assassin Nathuram Godse, and the accused conspiracy mastermind VD Savarkar. Narrated by Canadian star Gordon Pinsent, the investigative documentary resurfaces rare archives, including the discovery of the All India Radio broadcast from January 20th 1948, where a gang of assassins is heard interrupting Gandhi's prayer meeting in a botched assassination attempt a mere ten days before the fateful final act.

Sat 4th February

The Great Commanders

Julius Caesar, a scheming politician, used military power to dominate Rome. Massively in debt, he led his armies through a decade of conquest in a bid for wealth, glory and power. In the process he conquered Gaul and precipitated the downfall of the Celts. At the Battle of Alesia he brilliantly used technological superiority and tactical cunning against a force who outnumbered him more than five to one.

Sat 4th February

Evening

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Sat 4th February

Genius

This series tells the story of the men and women that changed the way we live. These are the heroes, legendary icons, and luminaries who changed the world through monumental innovations and staggering ingenuity. They gave us the airplane and the television, the six gun, the A-bomb and the iPod - or at least they take credit for it. But behind every great genius is a great rival, an unstoppable adversary with incredible vision, determination and ambition. Out of their struggles came breakthroughs, the spoils of the heated battle between competitors. In this stunning series, we hear the stories of how the ultimate rivals for posterity clashed, lost everything or triumphed. This program reveals the fateful forces behind the greatest competitions for innovation and the contests that pit history's brightest minds against each other in the race to lay claim to the future.

Sat 4th February

Barbarians Rising

The battle for supremacy begins as the ancient world divides in two: Roman versus Barbarian. Hannibal of Carthage builds the first great barbarian alliance to defeat Rome before it becomes unstoppable. The general launches an audacious and unprecedented campaign to strike at the heart of the Republic, conquering the Alps and leaving a trail of death across Italy as he aims for the capital city. But while Hannibal wins the battles, he loses the war. With no viable adversary remaining to stop its advance, Rome marches across the barbarian world, pillaging the land and its people, and reaping a bloody revenge on the tribes that fought alongside Hannibal. When Lusitania comes under the Roman sword, one man emerges to drive them back. This time it's not a military strategist but a simple shepherd, Viriathus, who unites his people to fight against Rome's overwhelming might, the first wave of resistance in an epic 700-year struggle for freedom.

Sat 4th February

Birth of Empire: The East India Company

When giants rise and fall. This revelatory series reveals how the behemoth that was the East India Company grew into an imperial power, and became the hotbed of corruption and greed that led to its downfall. Over the past 10 years, India and China have been among the fastest growing economies in the world. But at one time England controlled India, helping to create its major cities, and was heavily invested in China, It was England's economy and trade that dwarfed others. And it was all in the hands of the first and greatest multi-national company: the behemoth that was the East India Company. On the ground in India, Dan Snow sets out to discover the motives of those who set up the company at the beginning of the 17th-century. How did it grow into an Imperial power? What influence and impact did the Company have on the globe? A hotbed of corruption and greed, and responsible for the deaths of over one million people, just how did the Company manage to attain such power and what led to its explosive decline?

Sat 4th February

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Sat 4th February

Ancient Aliens

Megalithic monuments linked together by electromagnetic energy. Prehistoric ruins arranged across vast distances in straight lines. And advanced mathematics carved into landmarks more than 5000 years ago. Who were the real builders of these monuments?

Sun 5th February

Morning

Conspiracy

Take a walk through the shadowy boundaries that lay between fact and fiction. From the media mogul undercover MI6 and Mossad spy, alleged UFO sighting cover-ups by the UK government, to the murky world of Hollywood - each chapter connects the conspiracy theory dots. Each episode will select an historical 'fact' and examine it through a conspiracy theorist's lens. These theories seek to expose as myth much of what we accept as truth. Did Hitler really die in 1945? Did a Russian nuclear submarine attempt to launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii in 1968? And was Diana ruthlessly murdered by members of her own family? These theories, as we'll find out are, for some, far closer to the truth than you would have ever imagined.

Sun 5th February

Unsealed: Alien Files

Scientists and Ufologists are scouring the vast regions of space for signs of extraterrestrial life. But if it takes millions of years for light from distant stars to reach Earth, how long could it take for aliens to answer our call? Or are they contacting us right now? Join us as we investigate how scientists are sending - and receiving alien communications.

Sun 5th February

Great Mysteries and Myths

A documentary series for those who believe there can be nothing in the world more fascinating than the search for truth behind the most extraordinary mysteries and myths of the 20th century. A truly unique collection of stories shrouded in superstition and tragedy, this series brings to light a new perspective on these compelling and dark secrets.

Sun 5th February

Monsters & Mysteries

A day by the water turns into a nightmare as a group is terrorised by fearsome creatures lurking along the Sabine River. Lightning strikes can be fatal, but two survivors develop astonishing psychic powers that they've used to help solve crimes.

Sun 5th February

Ancient Aliens

Enormous manmade caves, unexplainable structures and underwater discoveries that challenge everything we know about the past - is it possible that an advanced civilization inhabited Earth thousands of years ago? And if so, were they human -or something out of this world? Modern archaeologists are continuously unearthing artifacts and sites that defy the conventional timeline of human history. Throughout the world we find megalithic stone monuments that are attributed to mysterious ancestors, strange humanoid figures that date to pre-historic times, and evidence of ancient underground shelters hewn out of solid rock. Could it be that a sophisticated culture existed on here Earth - thousands and even tens of thousands of years earlier than we believe? According to Ancient Astronaut theorists, several ancient texts can be found that describe beings that dwelled upon the Earth before the time of Adam and Eve. Could the stories of a time when gods and otherworldly beings inhabited the planet be more than just mythology? And might the discovery of unexplainable remnants from this lost civilization reveal the truth about our extraterrestrial origins?

Sun 5th February

Genius

This series tells the story of the men and women that changed the way we live. These are the heroes, legendary icons, and luminaries who changed the world through monumental innovations and staggering ingenuity. They gave us the airplane and the television, the six gun, the A-bomb and the iPod - or at least they take credit for it. But behind every great genius is a great rival, an unstoppable adversary with incredible vision, determination and ambition. Out of their struggles came breakthroughs, the spoils of the heated battle between competitors. In this stunning series, we hear the stories of how the ultimate rivals for posterity clashed, lost everything or triumphed. This program reveals the fateful forces behind the greatest competitions for innovation and the contests that pit history's brightest minds against each other in the race to lay claim to the future.

Sun 5th February

Barbarians Rising

The battle for supremacy begins as the ancient world divides in two: Roman versus Barbarian. Hannibal of Carthage builds the first great barbarian alliance to defeat Rome before it becomes unstoppable. The general launches an audacious and unprecedented campaign to strike at the heart of the Republic, conquering the Alps and leaving a trail of death across Italy as he aims for the capital city. But while Hannibal wins the battles, he loses the war. With no viable adversary remaining to stop its advance, Rome marches across the barbarian world, pillaging the land and its people, and reaping a bloody revenge on the tribes that fought alongside Hannibal. When Lusitania comes under the Roman sword, one man emerges to drive them back. This time it's not a military strategist but a simple shepherd, Viriathus, who unites his people to fight against Rome's overwhelming might, the first wave of resistance in an epic 700-year struggle for freedom.

Sun 5th February

Birth of Empire: The East India Company

When giants rise and fall. This revelatory series reveals how the behemoth that was the East India Company grew into an imperial power, and became the hotbed of corruption and greed that led to its downfall. Over the past 10 years, India and China have been among the fastest growing economies in the world. But at one time England controlled India, helping to create its major cities, and was heavily invested in China, It was England's economy and trade that dwarfed others. And it was all in the hands of the first and greatest multi-national company: the behemoth that was the East India Company. On the ground in India, Dan Snow sets out to discover the motives of those who set up the company at the beginning of the 17th-century. How did it grow into an Imperial power? What influence and impact did the Company have on the globe? A hotbed of corruption and greed, and responsible for the deaths of over one million people, just how did the Company manage to attain such power and what led to its explosive decline?

Sun 5th February

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Sun 5th February

Ancient Aliens

Megalithic monuments linked together by electromagnetic energy. Prehistoric ruins arranged across vast distances in straight lines. And advanced mathematics carved into landmarks more than 5000 years ago. Who were the real builders of these monuments?

Sun 5th February

The Story Of British Pathe

Covering everything from major world events and exotic foreign travelogues to the pageantry of state occasions and gritty social issues, the company amassed a unique documentary record of 20th-century life. This series delves into British Pathe's amazing treasure trove of images, beginning with the work of the buccaneering cameramen behind Pathe's newsreels - men who witnessed pivotal moments in history and created many of the conventions of news programming that we still use today.

Sun 5th February

American Genius

This program tells the story of the men and women that changed the way we live. These are the heroes, legendary icons, and luminaries who changed the world through monumental innovations and staggering ingenuity. They gave us the airplane and the television, the six gun, the A-bomb and the iPod - or at least they take credit for it. But behind every great genius is a great rival, an unstoppable adversary with incredible vision, determination and ambition. Out of their struggles came breakthroughs, the spoils of the heated battle between competitors. In this stunning series, we hear the stories of how the ultimate rivals for posterity clashed, lost everything or triumphed. This program reveals the fateful forces behind the greatest competitions for innovation and the contests that pit history's brightest minds against each other in the race to lay claim to the future.

Sun 5th February

Barbarians Rising

The battle for supremacy begins as the ancient world divides in two: Roman versus Barbarian. Hannibal of Carthage builds the first great barbarian alliance to defeat Rome before it becomes unstoppable. The general launches an audacious and unprecedented campaign to strike at the heart of the Republic, conquering the Alps and leaving a trail of death across Italy as he aims for the capital city. But while Hannibal wins the battles, he loses the war. With no viable adversary remaining to stop its advance, Rome marches across the barbarian world, pillaging the land and its people, and reaping a bloody revenge on the tribes that fought alongside Hannibal. When Lusitania comes under the Roman sword, one man emerges to drive them back. This time it's not a military strategist but a simple shepherd, Viriathus, who unites his people to fight against Rome's overwhelming might, the first wave of resistance in an epic 700-year struggle for freedom.

Sun 5th February

Birth of Empire: The East India Company

When giants rise and fall. This revelatory series reveals how the behemoth that was the East India Company grew into an imperial power, and became the hotbed of corruption and greed that led to its downfall. Over the past 10 years, India and China have been among the fastest growing economies in the world. But at one time England controlled India, helping to create its major cities, and was heavily invested in China, It was England's economy and trade that dwarfed others. And it was all in the hands of the first and greatest multi-national company: the behemoth that was the East India Company. On the ground in India, Dan Snow sets out to discover the motives of those who set up the company at the beginning of the 17th-century. How did it grow into an Imperial power? What influence and impact did the Company have on the globe? A hotbed of corruption and greed, and responsible for the deaths of over one million people, just how did the Company manage to attain such power and what led to its explosive decline?

Sun 5th February

Noon

Hunting Hitler

A group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Sun 5th February

Ancient Aliens

Megalithic monuments linked together by electromagnetic energy. Prehistoric ruins arranged across vast distances in straight lines. And advanced mathematics carved into landmarks more than 5000 years ago. Who were the real builders of these monuments?

Sun 5th February

The Story Of British Pathe

Covering everything from major world events and exotic foreign travelogues to the pageantry of state occasions and gritty social issues, the company amassed a unique documentary record of 20th-century life. This series delves into British Pathe's amazing treasure trove of images, beginning with the work of the buccaneering cameramen behind Pathe's newsreels - men who witnessed pivotal moments in history and created many of the conventions of news programming that we still use today.

Sun 5th February

The Civil War by Ken Burns

A searing indictment of slavery and a dramatic depiction of the causes of war. The program builds to a climax with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the secession of the seven southern states and the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederacy.

Sun 5th February

Coast Australia

A journey along Victoria's fabled shipwreck coast to discover a diverse collection of stories from the deep - and shallow. Neil Oliver joins the Port Phillip Pilots to navigate the bay's treacherous entrance - ominously known as 'The Rip'. Emma Jonshton discovers a mirrored coastline - under the sea. Brendan Moar meets the Penguin Protectors of Warrnambool while Dean Miller learns a heartbreaking personal history associated with one of the coast's worst shipwrecks. And Tim Flannery finds evidence of giant, native marsupials in the cliffs at Portland.

Sun 5th February

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands

Historian Paul Murton returns for more fascinating tours of Scotland. With Victorian guidebook Black's Picturesque Guide to Scotland in his hands, Paul follows in the footsteps of the first tourists to Scotland. Travelling by age-old modes of transport, including a horse-drawn caravan and steam train, Paul explores the most fascinating parts of the country that have charmed visitors since the birth of Scottish tourism 200 years ago.

Sun 5th February

Evening

Tony Robinson's Time Travels

Secrets damage governments and change the destiny of empires. In this episode, Tony reveals the extraordinary measures powerful people take, to deceive the public and cover up the truth. Tony exposes the untold story of a wartime mutiny in Queensland, deemed so dangerous an American president suppressed it for 70 years. He shows how an 18th-century celestial event triggered an epic seafaring journey to the other side of the world, and the covert mission contained in the captain's sealed orders. In the Northern Territory Tony descends into an underground bunker where he learns of a highly secretive 1950s monitoring system. From the machinations behind the Whitlam dismissal, to the curious case of a cold war spy in country Victoria, Tony delivers fascinating new insights into our hidden past.

Sun 5th February

Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain

This episode spans the early years when Iberia was a minor province of Carthage, through to the glories of Spain's Muslim age and the Cordoba Caliphate. Simon Sebag Montefiore travels to Cadiz with Spain's first invaders and visits a sacred island where the Carthaginian warrior Hannibal received the blessing of the Gods. We learn how early Spain was a battleground for empires, and visit Italica - a perfectly preserved Roman city with one of the finest amphitheatres outside Rome. From there this episode covers the early, brazen Christian Martyrs, the Visigoths and the Muslim conquest.

Sun 5th February

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

On the final leg of her journey, Joanna starts by climbing Mt Olympus, where she meets athletes taking part in a marathon and then travels east to a festival where fortunes are read.