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VE Day in Colour: Britain's Biggest Party

The story of how British people came together to celebrate the end of World War II.

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A group of smiling people making V for Victory signs with their hands on VE day in 1945

Rise of the Nazis

Powerful and resonant series that looks at how Hitler and the Nazis seized power in Germany and ushered in the death of democracy.

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Best Laid Plans

In 1942 two German battle-cruisers, the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau, put into a French port for repairs and became trapped there, targets to be bombed at will by the RAF.

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A group of military men gathered around a table

Guy Martin's Spitfire

Guy Martin joins the restoration of a Spitfire that was buried in France for decades.

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The Buildings that fought Hitler

Presenter and engineer Rob Bell presents an eight-part series on the defences that Britain put in place in 1940 to defend the country against the threat of a Nazi invasion.

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Image of presented Rob Bell

The Blitz: Britain on Fire

Historical series exploring how Liverpool was bombarded for eight days in May 1941.

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Berlin 1945

Journey back in time to Berlin's most fateful year - 1945 - through the eyes and voices of those who experienced it - ordinary German people and the Allies who entered the city.

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Dambusters' Great Escape

The extraordinary story of how two RAF squadrons finally sank Tirpitz, Germany's most powerful and dangerous Second World War battleship, after 34 failed attempts.

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Aerial photo of a mountain in Germany

Nazi Victory: The Post-War Plan

Documentary series that provides an insight into what the world would have become had the Nazis prevailed in World War II.

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Image of presenter Guy Walters in an aeroplane cockpit


An exploration of every facet of the former Prime Minister.

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My Family, the Holocaust and Me

Robert Rinder helps Jewish families discover the full truth about what happened to their relatives during the Holocaust.

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Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes

The untold story of the British troops who were left in France when Dunkirk was evacuated

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Fighting for King and Empire: Britain's Caribbean Heroes

During World War II, thousands of men and women from the Caribbean colonies volunteered to join the fight against Hitler. They tell their extraordinary stories in their own words.

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Two elderly Caribbean men, sat down and holding hands in front of a fire place

Hunt for U-479

Two Finnish filmmakers and a team of international divers go in search of a WWII German U-boat and attempt to uncover the facts of a 60-year mystery. The U-479 went missing in November 1944, in the Gulf of Finland.

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Underwater picture of a submarine

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