Michael Portillo investigates Alfred the Great - English hero or Saxon spin-doctor? Read more
Alfred the Great
Michael Portillo investigates Alfred the Great - English hero or Saxon spin-doctor?
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.
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.