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.
Across four eye-opening episodes, Dynasties delves into the inner workings of the world’s most powerful and intriguing families. Each episode is built around a theme in which 6-8 families are explored. Every story is self-contained, but an overarching narrative relevant to the theme ties them together, revealing stories about them from the late 19th century to today. Dynasties combines expert commentary with news archive to explore fame, its pitfalls and benefits of families who have lived their lives in the limelight. We delve into the past and present, tracing these inimitable dynasties from their sometimes-humble origins all the way to their modern day successes and powerful presence across global politics (Bhutto, Gandhi/Nehru), cinema and music (Chaplin, Coppola, Iglesias), business (Rockefeller, Murdoch, Rothschild) and more.
The British royal family has been at the centre of the 20th century’s most iconic moments – two world wars, the end of empires, coronations, weddings, glittering tours, fashion and scandals. A century that saw the royal family influence and participate in a wealth of defining historical moments, firmly making their mark on this important period of modern history. Across four episodes we follow the official tours and state visits, we discover the stories of far-flung places, glimpse into the lives of those born of royal blood and discover the history of the destinations and why it made them symbolic locations on the royal touring map.
The World’s Greatest Palaces takes a behind the scenes look through the corridors of power in ten of the most opulent and historic royal residences on Earth. We reveal the stories behind the Kings and Queens who lived in these grand homes and uncover the secrets of the architects, engineers and courtiers who brought them to life. Palaces like London’s Hampton Court, where Henry VIII changed the course of history in his pursuit of Anne Boleyn; Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna where the six year old, boy genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed for the imperial family in 1762; and Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, a palace so beautiful that tourists are willing to trek through the Bavarian mountains just to catch a glimpse of it. The series covers 500 years of history, encapsulating royal powerhouses like the Tudors, The Habsburgs and the Bourbon dynasties. From the medieval Chateau de Fontainebleau in France, to Kensington Palace in the UK, which still houses the modern royals of today.
London is one of the largest and most successful cities on Earth, yet 2000 years ago, it was an uninhabited swamp. This programme tells the glorious, and sometimes gory, story of the city’s meteoric rise to power: how it faced daring invasions, catastrophic fires and deadly plague and how it grew from a small Roman trading post, to the capital of the British Empire, and ultimately to the thriving megacity we know today. With special access and brand new research, this series will change the way you see London forever.
Scotland’s ancient clans are renowned as some of the most legendary warriors in history – fierce tribes forged by the country’s wild mountains and glens. This is their thrilling story of heroism and villainy, featuring Scotland’s most iconic characters – from Robert the Bruce to Mary, Queen of Scots. Find out how the united clans defeated Europe’s greatest military power to claim Scottish independence, and how they used their influence to topple rulers and change the course of history. This is the real-life Scottish game of thrones: an epic struggle for power, told from the point of view of the feuding clans.
The traditional story of the birth of Christianity is a male dominated affair - only men were priests and the disciples of Jesus. But now, Bible experts and historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor lay out a striking alternative version of events, that sees women central to the origins of Christianity. But why has this pivotal role played by women disappeared from history? In a journey, that takes them to ancient caves in Israel and catacombs in Italy, Helen and Joan call into question centuries of Christian thought. Were female disciples actually crucial to Jesus’ mission? Preaching, healing, baptising and even financing the movement. If they are right millions of Christians may have to rethink the origins of their faith.
This is the story of Queen Victoria – a widow in mourning who had to raise her nine children on a very public stage. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were an unusually devoted couple with strong ideas about the role of the Royal Family. But when Albert died, Queen Victoria was left a single (career) mother. Queen Victoria and Her Nine Children explores Victoria’s struggle to mourn her husband’s death, carry out her Royal duties and keep both her family and public in check. It’s a fascinating glimpse at the private tensions that rumbled behind Queen Victoria’s impressive public façade.
The Kennedy family’s rise to power – their fluctuating fortunes, fraught relationships and extraordinary political influence. American Dynasties: The Kennedys reveals how the Kennedy family’s personal relationships shaped national and global events, from the Cold War to the Wall Street crash. Relive JFK’s rise to become President of the United States, his complicated relationships with wife Jackie and brother Bobby, the brothers’ critical role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the devastating aftermath of JFK’s assassination. Glory and scandal, triumph and tragedy jostle for position – as the family’s private life bleeds into the political landscape.
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