Christmas 2016

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.

This December, HISTORY will have on offer a wonderful array of programmes in the lead up to Christmas.


SERIES – The Jesus Code


SERIES – The History of Christianity

How did a small Jewish sect evolve into the world’s largest religion? This series explores the forgotten origins of Christianity and the key to its unexpected spread into Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Deep down the Christian faith boats a shared core, but what is it? And what does it actually feel like to be a Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant or Pentecostal? Christianity has brought human beings to acts of criminal folly as well as the highest achievements of goodness and creativity. It has survived persecution, splits, wars of religion and hatred. But in today’s Europe, Christianity seems under pressure from the apathy of a secular society. Is this the Christian story’s final chapter?


SERIES – Riddles of the Bible – Series 1 and 2


SERIES – Bible Hunters

In the 19th and 2Oth centuries a band of bible hunters searched for the world’s oldest biblical texts and manuscripts, hidden away in Egypt. Discoveries included strange zodiacs, hymns to Egypt’s solar god, and heretical Christian texts. The finds threatened to shake the foundations of Christianity.


SPECIAL – The Mystery Of Mary Magdalene


SERIES – Biblical Conspiracies

For thousands of years, alternative truths have been hiding in plain sight, locked away with secret codes and symbols whose meanings were known only to the initiated…until now.

Biblical Conspiracies is an unceasing pursuit of stories hiding in the codes and symbols left behind by those with a secret to keep. Each hour-long episode sets out to investigate an unknown story discovered within a genuine, undisputed artifact. Using unique graphic-novel style animation, highly stylized CGI, lavish recreations and cutting-edge forensic science we explore the time period in which the artifact existed and what it meant to the people who treasured it.


SPECIAL – The Secret Lives of Jesus