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Witches: A Century of Murder

This is the story of the British Isles, four hundred years ago, where mass trials and executions erupted across the country and the reasoning behind this chaos and violence boiled down to witches. Back then the people were convinced that they sank ships, brought famine and disease, murdered and maimed because it was believed that these witches worked for Satan. It sounds like something straight

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America in Color: The 1920s

This is the story of America, seen in color for the first time and it's the roaring 20's, the country is flourishing and the economy isn't the only thing roaring. Henry Ford ignites the auto industry, radio unifies the nation, Charles Lindbergh ushers in the era of aviation, Americans are celebrating good times but the progress also brings peril. Prohibition makes Al Capone a celebrity gangster

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The Curse Of The Methuselah Tree

In California, on top of a desolate mountain stands a tree, it is no ordinary tree, it is in fact the world's oldest living organism. A twisted bristlecone pine tree which goes by the name Methuselah, a name given to it by the scientist who discovered it. It is now over 4,000 years old and to put this number into perspective it was just a seedling when the Egyptian pyramids were being built and

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Oldest Mummies in the World

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place on Earth. It stretches from the foothills of the Andes, a hundred miles westward to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. There are few signs of life here, it hasn't rained in parts for thousands of years but the very dryness of the Atacama has made it the perfect keeper of a unique treasure. Buried in its sands are the intimate secrets of an an

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The Worst Jobs in History: Dark Ages

Forget about the Roman Emperors and all the Kings and Queens, this series is all about the people who literally made our history. The Medieval wool industry would have been nothing without fullers spending hours trodding on cloth soaked in buckets of stale urine and without the Victorian navvy's to build the tracks, trains would never have gone anywhere. Henry VIII's court would have come to a mes

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Building the Titanic

Building the Titanic

When the RMS Titanic sank on the 15th of April 1912 claiming over 1500 lives she took with her the pride and dreams of a city. What took just 180 minutes to disappear had taken the people of Belfast millions of man hours to build. Before construction could begin they had to carve a vast new dock from the cities marshland, they shaped acres of steel to form a hull they believed to be unsinkable,

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Braveheart: Fact or Fiction?

In May 1297 the course of Scottish history was changed forever when The Sheriff of Lanark, Sir. William Heselrig was hacked to death by a young Scottish patriot, his name was William Wallace or as we have come to know him, Braveheart. Wallace was a legend, a national hero but in this episode of Fact or Fiction TV personality Tony Robinson has gone to Scotland in order to discover the truth behi

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Cracking The Shakespeare Code

Imagine a country where many people have become convinced that much of what we know about William Shakespeare is wrong. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of one man, a chunk of the population believes in some hugely controversial ideas about Shakespeare and secret codes appearing in his work. The country in question is Norway, church organist Petter Amundsen has persuaded a best selling author to

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Ancient Mysteries: The Rosetta Stone

The British Museum in London is filled with many remarkable antiquities from ancient Egypt, among their treasures are 3,000 year old mummies and colossal statues which honour great pharaohs but there is one item that is more valuable than all the rest. At the entrance to their Egyptian collection is a large stone tablet, one that could be overlooked if not for its prominent position. It's known as

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