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THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Mondays from 6 August, 7.30pm

Tony Robinson delves back through 2,000 years of history to investigate the beliefs of our ancestors. From the brutal human sacrifices of Iron Age Britain, through the stomach-churning supernatural medicine of the middle ages, to the horrifying witch-hunts and exorcisms of the 16th and 17th centuries (and beyond), Tony’s remarkable journey takes him to some of the darkest moments in our past. Each programme follows Tony on a quest to understand a particular belief or superstition. What did people believe? Why did they believe it? And what impact did that belief have, not just on their daily lives, but on the course of history?

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Fridays from 3 August, 7.30pm

Most historians have reached a consensus about the way major world events played out. Yet decades after the fact, certain stories remain touched by an air of uncertainty. We think we know what happened. The evidence seems to point to obvious conclusions. But with each, there seems to be some stubborn missing piece of information or evidence, some clue that adds a touch of doubt to the story recorded by history. And in each case, it’s inspired a rather rabid group of amateur historians to craft their own ideas about the way things really went down. Join The History Channel as we dig up the clues, dissect the evidence and investigate the truth behind some of history’s greatest events and prove the history books right – or wrong – once and for all.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Wednesday 1 August, 9.30pm

UFO Hunters follows the team of Bill Birnes, Kevin Cook and Pat Uskert, as they investigate UFO cases around the world. The team’s access to UFO evidence is unparalleled, and their expertise allows them to quickly identify bogus claims of UFOs. Together, they use eyewitness accounts, scientific experimentation, documents recently released through the Freedom of Information Act and footage that has never been seen on television to piece together compelling, and sometimes chilling, evidence of UFO phenomena.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Wednesday 1 August, 7.30pm

Britain’s Wicca Man tells the extraordinary story of Britain’s fastest growing religious group – Wicca – and of its creator, an eccentric Englishman called Gerald Gardner. Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies, Professor Ronald Hutton, explores the unlikely origins of modern pagan witchcraft and experiences first hand its growing influence throughout Britain today. Gardner’s story and the story of Wicca itself is a bizarre one. The film tells of a peculiar man who saw that the world was ready for a new religion based on magic, sex, nature and ritual – and gave it to us.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 28 July, 7.30pm

A remarkable new archaeological find reveals a disturbing truth behind the legend of the vampire. Brutally abused corpses, some even shackled to their coffins, have been discovered. They date from hundreds to thousands of years before the creation of our first vampire, Dracula. This investigation will look into the darkest depths of humanity’s earliest fears of the undead and asks where these terrifying ideas came from.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 17 July, 7.30pm

Using exclusive archive footage of the most memorable events in modern history combined with a wide range of breaking news reports, we revisit the most shocking, terrifying and downright scandalous moments of the broadcast era, from the murder of JFK to the Boxing Day Tsunami and from 9/11 to Clinton and Lewinsky.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 10 July, 7.30pm

The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies above Britain in the summer of 1940. The odds against us were huge as 2,500 German planes were ranged against 600 British fighter aircraft. To stop the Luftwaffe was a handful of fighter pilots that have become known as ‘the few’. For three months in the summer of 1940 a lethal duel was fought over the skies of Britain that would finally turn the tide of the war. But the Battle of Britain was not just won by the heroic ‘few’. Behind the scenes were many thousands of ordinary men and women who all played their part in this legendary victory. David Jason is on a journey in the landscape over which the battle was fought. He goes to find the people and places that made that victory possible. He will meet the last of ‘the few’ and some of the ‘many’, the unsung heroes who also played a vital role in winning the Battle of Britain. Finally he will get rare opportunity to fly in a legendary Spitfire and scramble in the footsteps of fighter aces of the past.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Mondays from 9 July, 7.30pm

Griff Rhys Jones continues his journey through Rome, Sydney and Hong Kong. What really makes these cities work? Griff finds out by rolling his sleeves up and delving behind the scenes, uncovering how the different cities work as living machines, and discovering some astonishing secrets.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturdays from 7 July, 11.30pm

We delve into the world of profiling, forensic science and painful investigation to expose history’s most brutal serial killers. Episodes include Jack the Ripper, HH Holmes, the Boston Strangler and many more sinister characters from criminal history.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 5 July, 7.30pm

Mud Men Johnny Vaughan and Steve Brooker are off on more muddy historical adventures, mudlarking along the banks of the Thames, not for buried treasure but hidden history which could change our understanding of the past forever. Their excitement and fascination with history is evident as the extraordinary artefacts that they find propel them on quests to discover all about our shared British past. As well as scouring the Thames for finds, Johnny and Steve venture further afield on their Mud Men tour. They become “sandlarks” on the beach at Folkestone where they find 2000 year old Roman artefacts, hunt for buried treasure on a pirate adventure in Plymouth and try their hand at magnet dipping for evidence of the Industrial Revolution in Regent’s Canal.