Actor Warwick Davis finds humanity and humour in some uncomfortable stories.
The family discover a surprising decade of progress and optimism in the 1930s.
William Dalrymple reveals an affair between a British officer and a Mughal princess.
Lucy debunks the fibs that surround India, the 'jewel in the crown' of the British Empire.
A look at the degree of voluntary support ordinary Germans gave the infamous Gestapo.
A look back to the 1920s and the heyday of British fishing.
Looking back to the eve of popular car ownership in the 60s.
The Robshaws experience a thoroughly modern decade as they enter the 1920s.
Pigeon lofts - places of sporting achievement, scientific endeavour and male obsession.
It is a decade of feast and famine as the family enter the turbulent 1910s.
Greg Davies uncovers the deepest Welsh roots anyone could wish for.
Examining how the Empire has been portrayed on British television over the last 70 years.
Debunking the Glorious Revolution, when William of Orange stole the throne from James II.
Sir Ian McKellen uncovers a theatrical ancestor and a Victorian political activist.
Bettany Hughes visits China on the trail of Confucius, a great sage of Chinese history.
Bettany Hughes is in Greece, on the trail of the influential maverick thinker Socrates.
Paul Murton travels round a much-loved holiday destination, the Isle of Arran.
By January 1933, Germany had voted for a chancellor who was openly opposed to democracy.
Lucy debunks the foundation myth of one of our favourite royal dynasties, the Tudors.
Recalling Villa Road, a Brixton street where squatters lived by their left-wing beliefs.
In south Wales, Melvyn Bragg looks back to the 1930s and salutes Britain's coal miners.
Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explore the romantic city of Florence.
The Robshaws travel to the 1900s to discover how food shaped the modern family.
Dallas Campbell explores how what goes on underground keeps our country on the move.
A look at Scotland's possible links to racism in America's Deep South.
Bettany Hughes travels to India to investigate the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha.
On the last leg of the journey, a seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina.
Michael Portillo learns how the Emerald Isle inspired the poet WB Yeats.
Dr Sam Willis looks at the drive to develop ever more precise weapons on the battlefield.
Michael Portillo gets up to speed with modern archaeology in County Meath.
Paul Murton learns how Scotland was first promoted as a winter holiday destination.
At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures
Dallas Campbell reveals the hidden wonders beneath our feet.
How later plays saw Shakespeare still alert to the troubled Jacobean world around him.
Armed with his Bradshaw's Handbook, Michael Portillo begins a journey across Ireland.
The history of childbirth in the 1950s and 60s and its portrayal in the drama series.