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.
King James I published a book of ‘Daemonology’ in 1597. It was a handbook on how to recognize and destroy witches. We discover how it sparked a viral outbreak of witch-hunting, initially in Britain, and later spread across the world, notably fuelling the Salem witch trials which terrorized parts of the US a hundred years later.
From the calm before the storm of 1937 to the bitter end in 1946, the Pacific War receives a thorough investigation in this engrossing documentary. The story begins in Japan. With the help of rare colour footage from the time, the quietness of peace is laid bare. But the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor begins seven months of Japanese dominance, as the US struggles to respond. By 1942, the US army finally records a victory, pushing the Japanese back and turning the tide of the war. But it will not be until 1945 that Japan surrenders.
The exciting story of how Australian diggers and their allies turned the tide in the final months of 1918, to win the Great War. From command headquarters to the frontlines, this inspiring drama documentary vividly tells the story behind WWI’s finest multinational feat of arms. Told in an accessible, popular style, the series reveals how visionary Allied leadership, revolutionary tactics and the indomitable bravery of Australian diggers and their allies, turned the tide to win the Great War.
25,000 American women, many still in their teens, others into their 50s, volunteered to become WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). All were hoping to fulfil their dream of flying by serving their country in America’s time of need. They came from all walks of life, from chorus girls to farmer’s daughters, and from all parts of the country to begin training, the army way.
These women beat all odds and broke the glass ceiling to become the first women to fly American Military Aircrafts. But, after proving they could handle the latest fighters and the heaviest bombers, it all came to an abrupt end.
We examine the Kennedy assassination through a two-hour investigative biography of the man at the centre of the political crime of the century. The program follows Lee Harvey Oswald’s life story and sifts through its deep mysteries—from his troubled childhood to his service in the U.S. Marines to his dramatic defection to the Soviet Union in 1959 and his return to the U.S. in 1962
An emotional account of the mental-health crisis caused by the First World War, and the long struggle to face the devastating impact suffered by soldiers ever since. In the aftermath of the First World War, soldiers who sacrificed so much were called cowards when they came home. Paralysed by fatigue, anxiety and extreme terrors, they were the victims of shell shock.
Prying into the territory of the other side was fraught with danger. During the Cold War the super powers mobilized thousands of spies and spotters to lift the enemy’s secrets. Even the allied military missions in Germany doubled as covert observers in the spying game.
This film investigates the origins of our love-hate relationship with technology. Historian Simon Schaffer tells the stories behind some of the most extra-ordinary engineering wonders of the 19th century, including computers made from cogs and gears, giant replica dinosaurs, enormous telescopes, vast steam pumps and devices that herald the birth of cinema. Through stunning images of amazing machines, the documentary poses questions that still resonate today - will the machines we build save us, replace us or even destroy us?
Dame Penelope Keith returns for more travels through Britain's villages armed with her trusty Batsford guides. In this new series, she's exploring an integral part of Britain's national character: its stunning coastline. Penelope seeks out the community heartbeat that's unique to coastal village life; from fishing and lifeboats to pleasure boating and holidaymaking, the sea brings both joy and danger; Penelope delves into local crafts and industry as well as arts and literature.
She visits three distinct parts of the British coastline and contrasts what the writers of the Batsford guides discovered in the first half of the 20th century with what she sees today.
Too much knowledge can be deadly. This new and revealing real-life documentary series investigates the suspicious deaths of many of the world’s most renowned scientists. Over the past few decades, dozens around the world have died in unusual circumstances and many of the cases remain unexplained and unsolved. Using expert analysis from former FBI investigators, explosives experts and undercover operatives, Deadly Intelligence cracks open these suspicious cases, revealing a deadly mix of conspiracy, espionage and intrigue. From nuclear physicists blown up with car bombs to artillery engineers shot dead on their doorstep, Deadly Intelligence proves that too much knowledge can definitely be dangerous.
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