History is New Zealand's only television channel purely dedicated to history, bringing the power and passion of the past to life. It not only satisfies New Zealand's ever-growing demand for historical programming - it stimulates our curiosity to know more about our world.
History has exclusive access to a vast library of the world's best historical and factual programming offering a high standard of quality in both production value and research - not just from every corner, but about every corner of the world.
The end of the 16th century – England is a pariah state on the edge of a largely Catholic continent. For the protestant Queen Elizabeth I, the enemy is everywhere – the Pope has given licence to kill her. This legion of threats demands a shadowy new army. And so the age of espionage begins. This is the story of the Cecils, the spymasters who ran the world’s first secret service. Their counter-terrorist network reached into the very heart of the Catholic enemy, and they secured the Britain we know today.
This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilizations and led to their destruction from within.
Dominating the landscape for centuries, ancient cathedrals and abbeys reflect Britain’s turbulent history through their architectural grandeur—stories of its kings and queens and the religious and social changes brought about by the English Reformation, as well as many other tales of intrigue, love, faith and conviction. Secrets of Britain’s Great Cathedrals explores 22 cathedrals and abbeys found throughout England and Wales, featuring interviews with historians and experts and breathtaking 4K footage captured by drones filming their legendary facades and soaring interior spaces. Never before has a television series brought together such a great number of ancient cathedrals and abbeys under one unified story line.
There is one thing every crime syndicate has in common: a boss. A don. A Kingpin. Structure and hierarchy are the foundations of organized crime. But no regime lasts forever. And behind every Kingpin, there is a legion of ruthless lieutenants, soldiers and rivals dying to take his place. Sometimes, they await for the boss to retire or die of natural causes - and clash amongst themselves. More often, bullets fly and coups are staged. Power grabs and civil war are a matter of course in the criminal underworld. And when the dust settles, you never know who will be sitting on the throne.
Every battle is both a victory and a defeat – it depends which flag you fly. Across every theatre of the Second World War battles were decided not only by strategy but by armies in their element, capitalising on the terrain and with better access to supplies or by forces stretched beyond their limits, facing unforeseen conditions and targets underestimated. These battles won and lost would determine possession of territory, of resources, and of the strength to go on fighting. For some of the battles it was the victory that most influenced the future course of the war. For others, it was the defeat. From sweeping offensives to special operations, this is the story of the battles won and battles lost that shaped the outcome of the greatest conflict in history.
WW1 was to be the war to end all wars. Why did peace only last 20 years? Impossible Peace is a must-see new history series that investigates what went so wrong after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 that a second world war broke out only 20 years later. Showing that there is far more to the story than just understanding ‘the rise of Hitler’, the series takes us around the world in the following two decades to show that the path to WWII winds through an extraordinary, colourful, dangerous and varied landscape. From the Great Depression and Jazz Age to the rise of the Soviets, and from Gandhi and Picasso to Cole Porter, the significance of key events and people are explored.
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