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Tuesdays from 18 September - 8.30pm

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Monday 20 August - 7.30pm

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Thursdays from 16 August - 8.30pm

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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.

Deadly Intelligence

Tuesdays from 18 September - 8.30pm Channel 073

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.

North Korea: Dark Secrets

Tuesday 4 September - 8.30pm Channel 073

This two-hour special reveals the complicated history, extreme politics, and rigid societal standards that have created a legacy of internal oppression and external aggression. As the North Korean people suffered famine, labour camp and public executions, the Kim regime spent three generations relentlessly pursuing nuclear ambitions. They operate as a criminal syndicate, using counterfeit money, drugs and cyber espionage to fund their war machine. Now, with weapons rivalling the world's superpowers, their aggressive rhetoric has pushed the world to a crisis point.

The Stuarts: A Bloody Reign

Tuesdays from 25 September - 7.30pm Channel 073

Four kings from the House of Stuart sat on the English throne from 1603 to 1688. It was a time of great religious struggle and political instability. The Gunpowder Plot nearly wiped out King James I. The Thirty Years War broke out on the continent. London was ravaged by the plague and the Great Fire of London. A civil war erupted which led to the public beheading of King Charles I and the birth of a commonwealth headed by Oliver Cromwell. Throughout this series we look at the reign of the Stuarts through the powerful Wynn family at Gwydir Castle in North Wales; one of the best preserved time capsules from that era. The story of the Wynn family reflects the turbulent history of this Stuart era. They had close connections with this new royal house and their status would rise and fall with the successes and failures of Stuart rule.

Darwin's Secret

Monday 20 August - 7.30pm Channel 073

The HMS Beagle’s famous 1833 expedition carrying a young Charles Darwin to the far ends of South America forged a new way of scientific thinking. But few know that science and exploration was only a cover for its real mission: Captain FitzRoy was tasked with returning three Yamana tribals to their homeland. They’d been subject to a civilisation experiment gone wrong that threatened the monarchy with a sex scandal. Now, a new expedition will trace the historic route of the HMS Beagle to unravel this secret: the SY Santa Maria Australis, carrying an international team of scientists as well as Michael Robert FitzRoy — a direct descendent of the famous captain. They will attempt to piece together the events surrounding the Beagle’s journey, Captain Fitzroy’s failed experiment, and its influence on Darwin’s revolutionary theory.

The Lost World of Joseph Banks

Sundays from 19 August - 5pm Channel 073

Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, explorer, collector, patron and President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years was one of Australia’s founding fathers, and among the most outstanding figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He rose to lasting renown when, as a young botanist, he accompanied Captain Cook on his circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to The South Seas, and yet a true picture of Banks’s life has never emerged nor an appreciation of his enduring importance.

Myths & Monsters

Thursdays from 16 August - 8.30pm Channel 073

Myths & Monsters is presented by Nicholas Day and includes dramatic, original animation and concept art, along with contributions from leading historians in their field which tell the stories that have gripped imaginations for centuries and reveal the fascinating and unexpected history behind them. Included are the mythological worlds of heroes and villain, the wild unknown, war, love, betrayal, death and the underworld.

Forbidden History

Season 5

Thursdays from 23 August - 7.30pm Channel 073

We lift the lid on some of history’s great mysteries by tunnelling deeper, travelling wider, looking more closely, asking harder questions and searching for evidence with more determination than ever before. We are taken to places far and wide and will encounter conspiracy theories, cover ups, strange phenomena, unexplained happenings and mysterious findings – in short, a whole host of unusual goings on that have had a massive bearing on how we view history today.

America In Colour

Mondays from 23 July - 8.30pm Channel 073

It’s easy to imagine that the past was lived in black and white, but of course it wasn't. This landmark series uses modern colouration techniques to present a history of America in colour, for the first time. Decade by decade, this ambitious series puts the colour back in history, and brings the history back to life! From jazz-age speakeasies to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the Great Depression to Elvismania, iconic images of America are vibrantly brought to the screen. To make this landmark series, filmmakers spent 6,000 hours painstakingly scouring obscure archives, dusting off forgotten family vaults, and tracking down dedicated private collectors to find the 27 miles of film they needed – much of it not seen for nearly a century. The result is a feast for the eyes, and brings a fresh excitement to the seminal images of our time. This show is narrated by Hollywood actor Liev Schreiber famous for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Salt (2010), Spotlight (2015) and long running TV show Ray Donovan (2013 - 2017).

The Real Story Of

Thursdays from 12 July - 7.30pm Channel 073

Could what really happened be more intriguing, more thrilling and more revealing than the fiction? Find out as this high octane documentary reveals the true stories behind some of Hollywood’s finest movies. Discover how Louis Zamperini, subject of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, underwent his biggest transformation after the plot of the movie ended and the reality behind the movie depiction of American Sniper Chris Kyle. Blending dramatic reconstruction with telling archive of actual events, eyewitness testimony and documentary footage, Real Story Of... unpicks fact from fiction, meeting the people behind these extraordinary events to experience the real drama of the truth.

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