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Secret History (TV series)

Secret History is a long-running British television documentary series. Shown on Channel 4, the Secret History brandname is still used as a banner title in the UK, but many of the individual documentaries can still be found on US cable channels (like Discovery Times or The History Channel International) without the branding. It can be seen as Channel 4's answer to the BBC's Timewatch. The series returned to Channel 4 on 10 November 2013 after a nine year break.


According to Channel 4, Secret History is the home of single, hour-long history documentaries that shed new light on some of the most intriguing stories from the past. New evidence from excavation, research and investigation reveal strange, forgotten stories and shed new light on the events we thought we knew well.[1] The programmes challenge accepted views of key events in history. Sometimes concealed, sometimes manipulated by the media, the truth has been submerged behind the headlines and the propaganda. From Roman legions to Nazi television, the series re-examined contemporary evidence, focusing on often shocking first-hand accounts and the ground-breaking views of leading experts.[2]

In 1992, the show won the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary Series.[3]

Episode guide

Titles are linked to the main subject of each programme, where possible.

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3


Series 4

* Originally scheduled for 18 July, the day after the crash of TWA Flight 800 - replaced with repeat of The Soviet Wives Affair.

Series 5

Specials - Indian Summer season

Series 6

Series 7


Series 8

Series 9

Series 10

First World War sub-series:

  • The Crucified Soldier (4 July 2002)
  • The War That Made the Nazis (11 July 2002)
  • Horror on the Home Front (18 July 2002)
  • Dogfight - The Mystery of The Red Baron (25 July 2002)

Series 11


Series 12

Series 13

  • The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy (10 November 2013)
  • Queen Victoria And The Crippled Kaiser (17 November 2013)
  • Finding Babylon's Hanging Garden (24 November 2013)
  • New Secrets Of The Terracotta Warriors (8 December 2013)
  • The Dambusters' Great Escape (30 March 2014)
  • Return Of The Black Death (6 April 2014)

Series 14

  • The Real Noah's Ark (14 September 2014)
  • Hitler's Hidden Drug Habit (19 October 2014)
  • WW1's Forgotten Heroes (2 November 2014)

Home video releases

The Whitechapel Murders was released on PAL VHS by Channel 4 Video in 1996,[4] and later re-issued as part of the Marshall Cavendish part-work Murder in Mind. The Dambusters Raid was released as a region-free NTSC DVD by Delta Music in 2002, and reissued several times subsequently.

External links

  • Secret History episodes at


  1. ^ Retrieved 29 August 2009
  2. ^ Retrieved 29 August 2009
  3. ^ Retrieved 29 August 2009
  4. ^ BBFC: The Whitechapel Murders
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