Things We Forgot to Remember

Things We Forgot to Remember

Michael Portillo invites us to look again at our collective memories of great events and characters from the past. Rediscovering forgotten events that challenge our understanding and put the complication back into history. The four half hour documentaries are broadcast every Sunday from Nov 13th.

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Recent episodes (8)

  • The Junkers of Woodbridge Airfield

    Wed, 4 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Through the story of a German night fighter captured in Suffolk, Michael Portillo remembers the crucial electronic war waged between the Axis and the Allies. In July 1944 the crew of a Junkers JU88 night fighter, lost and without fuel, emergency landed their plane on an RAF airfield in Suffolk. This gift from the skies provided British Air Intelligence with the latest German radar secrets. Throughout the war a technological see-saw had been underway with each side trying to gain the the advantage in radar detection and evasion equipment. The radar technology in this particular night fighter explained why large numbers of British bombers were being shot down from the rear and the RAF aircraft were quickly modified as a result. Alongside distinguished historians and veterans of RAF Bomber Command, Michael pieces together the story of that fateful night. He also explores how it illuminates the vital - yet lesser known - battle front of electronic warfare

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  • The Georgian Facade

    Mon, 11 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Portillo examines the Georgian period. We remember the politeness, elegance, wealth and taste but forget how the Georgian regime supressed political dissent and wrote out of history those opposed to its version of Britishness.

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  • The Morgenthau Plan

    Thu, 7 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Portillo discovers an American porposal for post war Germany called the Morgenthau plan. Its punative measures aimed at deindustrialising Germany and making it a 'giant potato patch' unable to wage war. It's very different from the Marshall plan we all remember but it was signed by President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

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  • Magna Carta and the 1216 invasion

    Fri, 1 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Portillo discovers how we've forgotten that Magna Carta led to a civil war and a French invasion of England.

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  • The English Armada

    Mon, 12 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    We hear a great deal about the Spanish Armada and how plucky England fought off this maritime behemoth with superior seamanship, English gumption and some helpful weather. But we forget that the very next year 'plucky' England sent an equally immense armada to invade Spain. Michael Portillo discovers the disasterous story of Francis Drake and the English Armada.

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  • The French Resistance

    Fri, 9 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Portillo discovers how romantic memories of the French Resistance created an enduring military legend which overshadowed its more important political role in shaping post war France.

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  • The Police Strike

    Fri, 9 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Portillo discovers the origins of modern-day policing in the forgotten police strikes of 1918-19.

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  • The Boston Tea Party

    Sun, 13 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Portillo discovers what really happened in 1773 when hundreds of crates of British tea were dumped into Boston harbour. He discovers a murkier and more ambiguous tale than we've been led to believe.

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