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THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Wednesday 10 October, 7.30pm

Were all of the Russian royal family assassinated or did the Tsar’s daughter, Anastasia, escape to lay claim to the family fortune of three billion dollars?

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Monday 8 October, 8.30pm

London- what put this city on the map? A Tale of Two Cities will search out and examine the clues that reveal the century that made the London we know today. On a fascinating journey back in time this film will take us to the very heart of the city and a period unlike any other in its history, the 17th century. We see London through surveys conducted firstly by John Stow, a city merchant and chronicler, whose work was published in the very late 16th century and then by John Strype, a clergyman and London historian who updated Stow’s work in 1720.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Friday 5 October, 7.30pm

From the secret archives to the Swiss guards as well as some of the treasures locked inside, take a revealing look at the inner workings of the Vatican.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursday 4 October, 7.30pm

America’s story can be told in many ways. While much of the history of the country is well documented and widely available, there is another deeper history one that has been shrouded in secrecy and hidden from public view; these are the stories we will reveal, including episodes on The White House, Area 51 and The Pentagon.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Wednesday 3 October, 7.30pm

Adolf Hitler and his bride of 36 hours killed themselves in a Berlin bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery on April 30, 1945. Without remains, can we really be sure what became of the man?

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 2 October, 7.30pm

This series chronicles how the world leaders in the greatest military conflict in human history made their decisions, and how these decisions (both good and bad) altered the outcome of WWII. Each episode focuses on one major player of the War, identifying his strengths and his weaknesses, his thinking, his decision-making and the results. The series utilizes recently declassified documents from governments around the world to identify the difficulties faced by major decision-makers, many of whom struggled with uncertainty and risked political errors, indecision and impulsive determinations as they navigated the world’s first Total War, the most political war of all time.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesday 25 September, 7.30pm

Hundreds of years ago in faraway Iceland the Vikings began to write down dozens of stories – called sagas. It was a literary out-pouring which has few parallels in history. These sagas are great works of art; sweeping narratives based on real people and real events. They are novels – written hundreds of years before novels were invented. But as Oxford University’s Janina Ramirez discovers these sagas are not just great works of art. They’re also priceless historical documents which bring to life the Viking world. They reveal the close connections between the outposts of what was a vast maritime empire; in particular the intimate relationship between the British Isles and Iceland a thousand years ago.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursday 20 September, 9.30pm

We are familiar with images of the hearings at the Nuremberg trials. But to this day, no one has taken us into the cells and minds of the accused. Leon Goldensohn, a 34-year-old American Jewish psychiatrist, spent six months visiting the 4 main Nazi war criminals. Based on these unique and recently uncovered documents and reconstitutions of the main events, this film discloses for the first time the personal thoughts of the Nazis: Hermann G�ring, Rudolf H�ss, Hans Franck and Julius Streicher. These interviews raise serious questions concerning the psychic mechanisms and mysteries that set off acts of barbarity.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm

A German family cleaning their attic discovered the original blueprints to one of history’s most gruesome constructions – Auschwitz. The diagrams, never before seen on television, illustrate in painstaking detail the methods behind the madness of the Holocaust. This special will look at the calculated and methodical Nazi plans that engineered one of the most disturbing events in history. This special will forensically dismantle the machinery that allowed the Holocaust to happen. The special weaves together personal first-hand accounts from survivors and witness of the horrors displayed in these horrific records.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesday 18 September, 7.30pm

‘One Thousand and One Nights’ first arrived in the West 300 years ago, and ever since then its stories have entranced the generations with a vision of an exotic, magical Middle East. Actor and director Richard E. Grant wants to know why the book he loved as a child still has such a hold on our imagination. He travels to Paris to discover how the stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin were first brought to the West by the pioneering Arabist Antoine Galland in the early 18th century. Richard then travels to Cairo to explore the medieval Islamic world which first created them. He also discovers that the ribald and riotous stories in the Nights represent a very different view of Islam than just fundamentalism.