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The Reith Lectures: Hilary Mantel on the art of bringing the dead back to life

First Aired: A series of 5 lectures from 13 June 2017 Genre: Public Lecture Broadcaster: BBC Radio 4 Producer: Jim Frank URL: Reviewer: Tracey Logan ‘History,’ says the historical novelist Dame Hilary Mantel ‘is what’s left in the sieve when … Continue reading

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History on the Box Vlog: Lucy Worsley’s ‘Six Wives’

This is our first ever History on the Box vlog! We have a very special debate about Lucy Worsley’s ‘Six Wives’ programme, which aired on BBC One in December 2016. The motion for the debate is that ‘Lucy Worsley’s “Six … Continue reading

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History on the Box – 2017 Preview

Here is a brief preview of things to look out for on the blog in 2017 (I know, it’s almost mid-February already! What’s going on?) More reviews Last year we had range of great reviews of historical documentaries and dramas. … Continue reading

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The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind the Myth

First aired: 27 November 2016, 8pm Genre: Documentary / History Broadcaster: BBC Two BOB URL: Reviewer: Liz Round This programme purports to show the truth behind the myth of the Mayflower, the ship that took a group of colonists … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Books: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

First Aired: November, 2015 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC Four URL: Reviewer: Jamie Banks Presented by the thoroughly enigmatic John Cooper Clarke, this episode of The Secret Life of Books charts the history and wider cultural significance of Thomas De … Continue reading

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A Secret History of my Family: Gadbury Sisters

First aired: 2016 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC Two URL: Reviewer: Katherine Roscoe This hour-long documentary takes an unusual approach to tell its story. Rather than relying on historians and archivists ‘talking heads’, it’s narrated by descendants. It tells the … Continue reading

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London: A Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank

First aired: 2012 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC Four URL: Reviewer: Liz Round This programme offers to explore London through a comparison of two different written accounts of the city, one from 1598 (John Stow’s Survey of London), the other … Continue reading

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