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Lost Worlds: Persia’s Forgotten Empire

Lying in the middle of a plane in the middle of modern day Iran is a forgotten ancient city, Persepolis. Built two and a half thousand years ago it was known in its day as the richest city under the Sun. Persepolis was the capital of the largest empire the world had ever seen but for over two thousand years after its destruction, it was largely ignored. The life and achievements of the Persians

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Hitler’s Book “Mein Kampf” And Its Secrets

April 1945, the Second World War in Europe was drawing to an end in Berlin, Germany's defeat was inevitable and the fighting was exceptionally fierce. The world was beginning to grasp the unprecedented scale of the conflict, more than 50 million people lost their lives and no war had every claimed so many casualties, military and civilian. When soldiers of the victorious Allied forces discovere

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Long Road Back to Kentucky: The 1862 Confederate Invasion

In this Silver Telly Award Winning special we see author Kent Masterson Brown explore some of the crucial events of the Civil War, a war that saw America locked in conflict, pitting brothers, neighbours and even states against each other. A fact which makes the study of this war all the more fascinating. To understand the pivotal role that Kentucky played in this great conflict this film takes

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The Year London Blew Up: 1974

With the rise of fanatical attacks in Britain over the last decade or so we have  seen bombs being aimed at the defenceless, fundamentalists determined to take the lives of strangers, defiance on the streets of the capital but the act of terror has a way of reviving the memory of terror and Britain has faced terror like this before. In just 12 months during the mid 1970's 40 terrorist attacks w

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Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

Nowadays we think of the Tudor home as an icon of Britishness, timber-framed and possibly thatched, a cottage even, it sounds wonderful but these quaint pretty relics of the past belie the revolution in technology that changed them and us. It is considered to be the great age of change and it is one of the reasons we love the Tudor period so much, because it is the age of discovery and there's

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The Real Chernobyl

The Real Chernobyl

Following the success of the HBO & Sky Atlantic hit mini drama series Chernobyl, Sky have released a documentary special which heads straight for Ukraine in order to meet some of the real people who were involved in dealing with the nuclear disaster which occurred back in 1986. The series writer Craig Mazin said that he wanted to bring "the untold true story" of Chernobyl to the world, this

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America’s Lost H-Bomb

America’s Lost H-Bomb

Georgia's sandy costal shallows hide a deadly secret, a hydrogen bomb dumped by an American bomber over half a century ago in 1958 at Tybee Island. The bomb itself was very much nuclear capable and the military were never able to find it although Pentagon officials insist that the missing h-bomb posses no threat. A spokesperson for the Pentagon has stated that they still believe the best course

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty

Out of the chaos, darkness and violence of the Middle Ages one family rose to seize control of England. Generation after generation they ruled the country for more than 300 years, ruthlessly crushing all competition to become the greatest English dynasty of all time. They were the Plantagenets and their story is more shocking, more brutal than anything you'll find in fiction and in this four pa

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The Bridges That Built London

Between Richmond and the North Sea 30 bridges span the river Thames in London, they carry people across a stretch of river that is 35 miles long. These extraordinary structures connect a population of nearly 8 million and have been the making of London, Britains capital. Millions of Londoners cross these bridges every week, most probably don't give them a second thought but for British art hist

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