Secret History (TV series)

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Secret History is a long-running British television documentary series. Shown on Channel 4, the Secret History brandname is still used as a banner title in the UK, but many of the individual documentaries can still be found on US cable channels (like Discovery Times or The History Channel International) without the branding. It can be seen as Channel 4's answer to the BBC's Timewatch. The series returned to Channel 4 on 10 November 2013 after a nine year break.


According to Channel 4, Secret History is the home of single, hour-long history documentaries that shed new light on some of the most intriguing stories from the past. New evidence from excavation, research and investigation reveal strange, forgotten stories and shed new light on the events we thought we knew well.[1] The programmes challenge accepted views of key events in history. Sometimes concealed, sometimes manipulated by the media, the truth has been submerged behind the headlines and the propaganda. From Roman legions to Nazi television, the series re-examined contemporary evidence, focusing on often shocking first-hand accounts and the ground-breaking views of leading experts.[2]

In 1992, the show won the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary Series.[3]

Episode guide[edit]

Titles are linked to the main subject of each programme, where possible.

Series 1[edit]

  • The Hidden Hand (14 November 1991)
  • Unquiet Graves (21 November 1991)
  • Ratlines (28 November 1991)
  • Bloody Sunday (5 December 1991)
  • Murder in Mississippi (12 December 1991)
  • Prisoners of Propaganda (19 December 1991)

Series 2[edit]

Series 3[edit]


Series 4[edit]

* Originally scheduled for 18 July, the day after the crash of TWA Flight 800 - replaced with repeat of The Soviet Wives Affair.


Series 5[edit]

Specials - Indian Summer season

Series 6[edit]

Series 7[edit]


Series 8[edit]

Series 9[edit]

Series 10[edit]

First World War sub-series:

  • The Crucified Soldier (4 July 2002)
  • The War That Made the Nazis (11 July 2002)
  • Horror on the Home Front (18 July 2002)
  • Dogfight - The Mystery of The Red Baron (25 July 2002)

Series 11[edit]


Series 12[edit]

Series 13[edit]

  • The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy (10 November 2013)
  • Queen Victoria And The Crippled Kaiser (17 November 2013)
  • Finding Babylon's Hanging Garden (24 November 2013)
  • New Secrets Of The Terracotta Warriors (8 December 2013)
  • The Dambusters' Great Escape (30 March 2014)
  • Return Of The Black Death (6 April 2014)

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