2/8 The story of the first empires which laid the foundations for the modern world. (R)
6/10 Paul Martin enters a world where heritage meets high fashion.
1/10 John descends under Tower Bridge to witness Victorian engineering at its most impressive. (R)
David Reynolds asks why Britain spent much of the war fighting in north Africa and Italy.
3/3 Ian Hislop takes a look at the ups and downs of the stiff upper lip since World War I. (R)
BBC Two Scotland only
How children of the British Memorial School helped liberate Europe from the Nazis. (R)
3/8 The team tackle the conditions in late 1940, when British cities were heavily bombed. (R)
BBC One except Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
2/3 Stephanie Flanders looks at the radical free-market economist Friedrich Hayek. (R)
David Reynolds asks why Britain spent much of the war fighting in north Africa and Italy. (R)
Tuesday 16 October 2012