Historical Docs

by FangedAngel | created - 02 May 2017 | updated - 30 Sep 2018 | Public

Historical Documentaries

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1. Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley (2016– )

Not Rated | Documentary, History

British historian Lucy Worsley travels to Russia to investigate the 300-year reign of the Romanov dynasty.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Janet Hartley, Simon Dixon, Sergei Bogatyrev

Votes: 653

2. A Very British Romance (2015– )

Documentary, Romance

Lucy Worsely explores how our idea of romance has developed since the Georgian period

Stars: Lucy Worsley, John Benjamin, Loraine Fergusson, Doug Grant

Votes: 104

3. Tales from the Royal Bedchamber (2013)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Lucy Worsley, Tracy Borman, Sebastian Edwards, Olivia Fryman

Votes: 232

4. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 448

5. British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017)

Documentary, History

Historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in British History are actually a concoction of fibs and stories which have been manipulated by whoever was in power at the time.

Star: Lucy Worsley

Votes: 139

8. Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home (2015 TV Movie)

60 min | History

The introduction of world trade in Tudor England inadvertently introduces foreign poisonous substances. One such case is sugar and the subsequent rotting of teeth.

Director: Suzanne Phillips | Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Tara Hamling, Marc Meltonville, Jelena Bekvalac

Votes: 138

9. Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | History

Suzannah Lipscomb takes a tour of the Victorian home and unveils the hidden dangers that posed a deadly threat to Victorian life.

Director: Suzanne Phillips | Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Judith Flanders, Kate Williams, Andy Meharg

Votes: 158

10. Tales from the Royal Wardrobe (2014 TV Movie)

PG | 59 min | Documentary, History

Today, few people's clothes attract as much attention as the royal family, but this is not a modern-day paparazzi-inspired obsession. Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Lucy Worsley, Beatrice Behlen, Shaun Cole, Meredith Etherington-Smith

Votes: 147

11. Henry VIII and His Six Wives (2016– )

Not Rated | 60 min | History

A series about Henry VIII and his wives, chronicling the ups and downs in his marriages and how they shaped his reign as King and ultimately the face of Britain.

Stars: Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb, Charlie Clements, Toby Osmond

Votes: 145

12. The Six Wives of Henry VIII (2001– )

50 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A dramatic documentary narrated and presented by controversial historian David Starkey about the lives as wives and Queens of the six wives of Tudor king Henry VIII.

Stars: David Starkey, Caroline Lintott, David Fleeshman, Simon Rose

Votes: 227

13. Britain's Bloody Crown (2016– )

Not Rated | Drama, History

Using a combination of documentary and drama, historian Dan Jones tells the story of the War of the Roses - the 30 year civil war between the House of York and House of Lancaster that saw the crown change hands seven times.

Stars: Dan Jones, Steffan Boje, James Oliver Wheatley, Darren Bransford

Votes: 183

14. Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty (2014– )

Documentary, Biography, History

Docudrama series with author Dan Jones. It follows the period from control freak king Henry II to the tyrant king Richard II.

Stars: Dan Jones, Julie Barrau, Cosmin Dominte, Cezar Grumazescu

Votes: 244

16. Inside the Court of Henry VIII (2015)

56 min | Documentary

Henry VIII is the most iconic king of English history. Part medieval tyrant, part renaissance prince, he ruled over his people as no king of England had ever done before. He took a country ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Chinn | Stars: Samuel West, Robert Hutchinson, Susan Ronald, Tracy Borman

Votes: 109

17. The Private Lives of the Tudors (2016–2019)

Drama, History

A look though the private lives of the Tudor monorachs

Stars: Gabriella Montrose, Jo Marriott, Anastasia Drew, Marian Elizabeth

Votes: 23

18. She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (2012)

177 min | Documentary

Helen Castor presents an in depth and insightful series covering England's early Queens, from the High Middle Ages with Eleanor and get daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitane, through the Late... See full summary »

Star: Helen Castor

Votes: 256

19. Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History (2014– )


This two-part docudrama shows the love affair between King Henry VIII of England and his second wife, Anne Boleyn; presented by historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb.

Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Emma Connell, Jack Hawkins, Jon Edgley-Bond

Votes: 98

20. New Hidden Killers (2013– )

Not Rated | Documentary

While trying to lead an empire, these rulers had no idea that the biggest threat to their lives was under their own roof. After the discovery of electricity, there were many wild inventions... See full summary »

Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Kate Williams, Nathan Goss, Jane Hamlett

Votes: 95

21. Hidden Killers of the Post-War Home (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, History

An examination of the common household hazards of the typical modern residences of 1950s Britain.

Director: Suzanne Phillips | Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Nathan Goss, Joy Ledger, Suzy Lishman

Votes: 68

22. Edward and Mary: The Unknown Tudors (2002– )

94 min | Documentary, History

Mary (who was to become England's first reigning Queen since Matilda but who is best known to generations of British schoolchildren as Bloody Mary) was the first born child of Henry VIII. ... See full summary »

Stars: David Starkey, Rachel Jenkins, Tim Wright, Emilie Smith

Votes: 45

23. The Real Versailles (2016 TV Movie)


Lucy Worsley untangles Louis XIV's complex world of court etiquette, fashion and feasting, while court politics expert Helen Castor delves into the archives and unpicks the Machiavellian world that Louis created.

Director: Rosie Schellenberg | Stars: Helen Castor, Lucy Worsley

Votes: 125

28. Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death (2013– )

177 min | Documentary

In Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death, historian and author Dr. Helen Castor (She-Wolves: England's Early Queens) examines how the people of the Middle Ages handled three of life's ... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Castor, Roberta Gilchrist, Carol Rawcliffe, Janette Allotey

Votes: 66

29. Ancients Behaving Badly (2009– )

376 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This documentary explores some of the psychological behaviors regarding the world's most infamous celebrities in the ancient world, while utilizing modern scientific techniques to explain their actions.

Stars: Darius Arya, David Mallott, Tom McCamus, Mike Ibeji

Votes: 158

30. The Most Evil Men and Women in History (2001– )

23 min | Documentary, History

Documentary series with each episode focusing on a solitary historical figure who, for various reasons, including despotism, canibalism, genocide, and too many atrocities to imagine, are ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Taylor, David Carpenter, Orlando Figes, Harold Shukman

Votes: 36

31. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 436

33. The Real White Queen and Her Rivals (2013– )

60 min | History

The stories of three women at the heart of the Wars of the Roses - the 'White Queen' Elizabeth Woodville and her rivals Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, as told by Phillipa Gregory

Stars: Philippa Gregory, Klaudia Lucia Wyzykiewicz, Vicki Glover, Helen Bennedict

Votes: 28

34. The Bible Rules (2014– )


Everyone knows about the Ten Commandments, but there are more than 2,000 rules and laws contained in the pages of the Bible. The Bible Rules on H2 explores these directives, which govern ... See full summary »

Stars: Jake Robards, Shawna Dolansky, Brian McLaren, David Konstan

Votes: 51

35. Elizabeth I (2017)

180 min | Drama, History

Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

Stars: Lily Cole, Vincent Kerschbaum, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones

Votes: 184

36. Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A dramatised documentary detailing the bitter feud between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. The two Queens never met, but communicated for many years via letter. Mary's turmoil is ... See full summary »

Director: Renny Bartlett | Stars: Nicholas Agnew, Helen Bradbury, Adam Burton, Beth Cooke

Votes: 54

37. Roman Vice (2005 TV Movie)


For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful and advanced civilization the world had ever known, ruled by visionaries and tyrants whose accomplishments ranged from awe-inspiring to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Swain | Star: Michael Brandon

Votes: 20

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