Michael Portillo investigates Alfred the Great - English hero or Saxon spin-doctor?
Alfred the Great
Joan of Arc
The myth and reality of Joan of Arc, and the other Frenchwoman who did more to save France
Chamberlain and 'Peace for our Time' 1938
Michael examines Neville Chamberlain's 1938 declaration of 'peace for our time'.
The Hanseatic League
Michael explores the Hanseatic League, a precursor to modern ideas of European free trade.
The Glorious Revolution
Michael Portillo reconsiders the uncomfortable facts behind The Glorious Revolution.
Michael Portillo looks again at Harold, the last of the Saxon Kings.
Jesse Owens and the Nazi Olympics
Michael Portillo revisits the Berlin Olympics of 1936.
3. The Violent Side of Indian Independence
Michael Portillo revisits the Indian struggle for independence.
The Great Depression in the USA
Michael Portillo compares the myths and reality of America's Great Depression.
The Real Boston Tea Party, 1773
Michael Portillo uncovers a tale of smuggling and corruption.
Michael Portillo discovers riots on the streets in forgotten police strikes of 1918-19.
Michael Portillo explores how the legend of the French Resistance blurred its real legacy.
The English Armada
Michael Portillo discovers the story of Sir Francis Drake and the English Armada.
Michael Portillo examines overlooked but noteworthy historical events. 3/4: Magna Carta.
Jack the Ripper
Michael Portillo investigates the fear Londoners felt in the late 1880s.
First World War
Michael tells the story of battles fought in the last 100 days of the war.
The Darien Scheme
The real reason behind the 1707 Act of Union which saw England and Scotland merged.
Parts of the Suffragette movement's history have been conveniently forgotten.
The 1945 Labour Government
4/4. Michael Portillo scrutinises the reputation of the 1945 Labour Government.
Magna Carta Barons' French Invasion
How the barons responsible for Magna Carta also aided a second French invasion of England.
Morgenthau Plan and post-war Germany
Michael Portillo remembers the Morgenthau Plan, drawn up to punish post-war Germany.
The Georgian Facade
Michael Portillo discovers the Georgian period was not as elegant as we tend to believe.
The Junkers of Woodbridge Airfield
Michael Portillo remembers a crucial 1944 incident that impacted on the war.
Canaries in the Air
The story of Norwich City's 1959 FA Cup run, and how it was covered by the BBC.
Public Historian Greg Jenner is on a quest to discover why comedy writers love history.
Phil Shipley 17/02/2019
Pete Wilson talks to Master Craftsman Phil Shipley.
The true story of "Roma"
The student massacre in México portrayed in Alfonso Cuarón´s award-winning movie.