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Mon 23 Apr

6:00am
Top Tens
Top Ten Bombers
Season 1 Episode 1/8

The greatest bomber planes in history, including the B17, its modern successor the B52 and aircraft of British and Soviet origin

Rating: 9
7:00am
Off the Rails
Didcot Railway
Season 1 Episode 5/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson visits a heritage centre dedicated to Brunel's Great Western Railway, and uncovers restoration on a historic Second World War carriage
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
7:30am
Off the Rails
Bluebell
Season 1 Episode 6/20

Vince Henderson takes a ride on the magnificent Blackmoor Vale before keeping a royal appointment with an Edwardian vintage carriage
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
8:00am
Hitler's Henchmen
Donitz: The Successor
Season 1 Episode 2/6

Profile of Admiral Karl Donitz, who was appointed Hitler's successor and oversaw the surrender of German troops to the Allies during his 23-day tenure

Rating: 4.7
9:00am
Edge of War
Castro's Revolution
Season 1 Episode 3/6

An insight into how Cuban rebel leader Fidel Castro inspired a revolution against dictator Fulgencio Batista's regime, and why it led to war

Rating: 6
10:00am
Battlefield
Arnhem - Part One
Season 5 Episode 9/12

Part one of two. The failure of Operation Market Garden, which was meant to bring an end to the Second World War in 1944, and was immortalised in the film A Bridge Too Far

Rating: 4.5
11:00am
Battlefield
Arnhem - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 10/12

Concluding the tragic story of the failure of Operation Market Garden, which resulted in the loss of 10,000 Allied lives during the Second World War

Rating: 4.5
12:00pm
Top Tens
Top Ten Infantry Fighting Vehicles
Season 1 Episode 2/8

Countdown of the best infantry fighting vehicles from a survey encompassing expert opinion, audience polls and technical comparison

Rating: 9
1:00pm
Weapons of War
Army Group North
Season 1 Episode 6/34

Examining the wartime struggles played out in Stalingrad, Kursk and Moscow, and the progress of the Wehrmacht's Army Group North on their draining 900-day siege in Leningrad

Rating: 9
2:00pm
Edge of War
Saddam v the Ayatollah
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Documentary offering an insight into Iraq's invasion of Iran in 1980, exploring why the conflict lasted eight years and resulted in more than a million casualties

Rating: 6
3:00pm
Off the Rails
Leighton Buzzard
Season 1 Episode 7/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson takes over guard duty for the day, then gets his hands dirty on a 1913 well tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
3:30pm
Off the Rails
Stately Trains
Season 1 Episode 8/20

Vince Henderson discovers the renovations being done on one of the Flying Scotsman's original carriages - highlighting the skills of the master technicians at work
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
4:00pm
Battlefield
El Alamein - Part One
Season 5 Episode 3/12

Part one of two. General Montgomery's victory at El Alamein in 1942 which, coupled with the German surrender at Stalingrad, marked a turning point in the Second World War

Rating: 4.5
5:00pm
Treasure Quest
Malta
Season 1 Episode 5/12

The Odyssey Explorer crew searches for a ship code-named Malta - a 19th-century paddle-wheel vessel that may contain cargo worth up to £18million

Rating: 5.5
6:00pm
Titanic: The Aftermath
A mix of documentary and drama draws together stories that unfolded in the wake of the disaster, including that of a bandsman who left behind a pregnant fiancee in Scotland

Rating: 8
8:00pm
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Crac des Chevaliers
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Documentary exploring medieval fortifications and the sieges they resisted, re-enacting battles that changed the course of history. Dan Snow begins with the 1271 attack on the Crac des Chevaliers, a military base for the Crusaders in what is now Syria, by Baibars, Sultan of Egypt, and his massive army

Rating: 5.3
9:00pm
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Chateau Gaillard
Season 1 Episode 2/6

The presenter explores whether Chateau Gaillard, built by King Richard I in Normandy, France, could have withstood a long siege by a determined French army

Rating: 5.3
10:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The First Age 6000BC - 1000BC
Season 1 Episode 1/7

Bettany Hughes provides an insight into how British inhabitants evolved over 8,000 years, beginning with the story of man's battle with the environment between 6000BC and 1000BC, when global warming transformed Britain into an island covered by dense, impenetrable forest

Rating: 7.2
11:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 1/4

The presenter - whose grandfather enlisted in the First World War - gains an unparalleled perspective of the Great War from 3D photographs which have never been broadcast before

12:00am
Battlefield
Monte Cassino - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 6/12

Concluding the two-part analysis of the bitter Battle of Monte Cassino, which was fought on the Gustav Line in Italy during the Second World War

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Off the Rails
Leighton Buzzard
Season 1 Episode 7/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson takes over guard duty for the day, then gets his hands dirty on a 1913 well tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
1:30am
Off the Rails
Stately Trains
Season 1 Episode 8/20

Vince Henderson discovers the renovations being done on one of the Flying Scotsman's original carriages - highlighting the skills of the master technicians at work
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
2:00am
Weapons of War
Army Group North
Season 1 Episode 6/34

Examining the wartime struggles played out in Stalingrad, Kursk and Moscow, and the progress of the Wehrmacht's Army Group North on their draining 900-day siege in Leningrad

Rating: 9
3:00am
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Chateau Gaillard
Season 1 Episode 2/6

The presenter explores whether Chateau Gaillard, built by King Richard I in Normandy, France, could have withstood a long siege by a determined French army

Rating: 5.3
4:00am
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Crac des Chevaliers
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Documentary exploring medieval fortifications and the sieges they resisted, re-enacting battles that changed the course of history. Dan Snow begins with the 1271 attack on the Crac des Chevaliers, a military base for the Crusaders in what is now Syria, by Baibars, Sultan of Egypt, and his massive army

Rating: 5.3
5:00am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Seeing Isn't Believing
Season 2 Episode 11/12

The myth-busting documentary examines a secret hidden within one of the most famous photographs of US president Abraham Lincoln

5:30am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Wartime Rosies
Season 2 Episode 12/12

Active-service roles occupied by women during the Second World War, including the work of female pilots known as Wasps, 38 of whom died in the line of duty

Tue 24 Apr

6:00am
Top Tens
Top Ten Infantry Fighting Vehicles
Season 1 Episode 2/8

Countdown of the best infantry fighting vehicles from a survey encompassing expert opinion, audience polls and technical comparison

Rating: 9
7:00am
Off the Rails
Leighton Buzzard
Season 1 Episode 7/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson takes over guard duty for the day, then gets his hands dirty on a 1913 well tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
7:30am
Off the Rails
Stately Trains
Season 1 Episode 8/20

Vince Henderson discovers the renovations being done on one of the Flying Scotsman's original carriages - highlighting the skills of the master technicians at work
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
8:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 1/4

The presenter - whose grandfather enlisted in the First World War - gains an unparalleled perspective of the Great War from 3D photographs which have never been broadcast before

9:00am
Edge of War
Saddam v the Ayatollah
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Documentary offering an insight into Iraq's invasion of Iran in 1980, exploring why the conflict lasted eight years and resulted in more than a million casualties

Rating: 6
10:00am
Battlefield
Battle for Caen - Part One
Season 5 Episode 11/12

Part one of two. The Allied victory over German forces at the Falaise Gap in August 1944, and the early events of Operation Overlord

Rating: 4.5
11:00am
Battlefield
Battle for Caen - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 12/12

Concluding the story of how the Nazis were defeated at the Falaise Gap in August 1944

Rating: 4.5
12:00pm
Top Tens
Top Ten Fighting Ships
Season 1 Episode 3/8

Countdown of the greatest naval war machines, examining some of the most lethal ships ever built

Rating: 9
1:00pm
Weapons of War
Army Group Centre
Season 1 Episode 5/34

An account of war in the central sector of the Eastern Front during the Second World War, from the 1941 advance into Russia to the juggernaut of the Soviets' counter-attack

Rating: 9
2:00pm
Edge of War
Thatcher's War
Season 1 Episode 5/6

Documentary exploring why Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982, and the counter-attack launched by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to protect the territory

Rating: 6
3:00pm
Off the Rails
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch
Season 1 Episode 9/20

Vince Henderson visits the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent - the world's longest and best-equipped 15in gauge line - and takes a ride on its carriage Gladys
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
3:30pm
Off the Rails
Churnet Valley
Season 1 Episode 10/20

Vince Henderson steps back in time at the six-and-a-half-mile steam line in Staffordshire for a re-enactment of a station at war, then boards an American locomotive for a trip into enemy territory
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
4:00pm
Battlefield
El Alamein - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 4/12

Concluding the two-part story of General Montgomery's vital victory in the desert at El Alamein during the Second World War, which helped to regain control of the Suez Canal

Rating: 4.5
5:00pm
Treasure Quest
U-Boats
Season 1 Episode 6/12

The Odyssey crew is joined by U-boat expert Dr Axel Niestle to investigate the wreck sites of the Second World War in a search for unidentified Nazi submarines

Rating: 5.5
6:00pm
Mystery of the Ghost Galleon
The dangerous search for a Spanish shipwreck thought to contain one billion dollars' worth of silver, which has already cost the life of one diver

7:00pm
Aftershock: Disaster in Nepal
Documentary exploring the geology behind the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, featuring exclusive testimonials from survivors and experts

Rating: 10
8:00pm
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Dover
Season 1 Episode 3/6

The role of Dover Castle in repulsing French forces who were intent on seizing the throne of England in 1216, but were stymied by the fortress's formidable defences

Rating: 5.3
9:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The Second Age 1000BC - 43AD
Season 1 Episode 2/7

Historian Bettany Hughes explores the period from 1000BC to 43AD, comprising the Bronze and Iron Ages, which saw Britain engulfed by widespread flooding and the hunter-gatherers forced to abandon their homes and learn new skills. Tribes came into existence and people gave themselves names, picked rulers, used simple coinage and became traders with their continental neighbours

Rating: 7.2
10:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The Third Age 43-410AD
Season 1 Episode 3/7

Historian Bettany Hughes explores the third age of Britain, from 43 to 410AD, when the Romans arrived and took control, consolidating their burgeoning empire's position as a great world power. The programme reveals how the country became vulnerable to invaders when the rulers ran out of money

Rating: 7.2
11:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Using 3D photographs taken at the time, the presenter explores the stalemate of trench warfare which culminated in the Battle of the Somme

12:00am
Battlefield
The West Wall - Part One
Season 5 Episode 7/12

Part one of two. The construction, between 1938 and 1940, of Hitler's elaborate Siegfried Line, which consisted of a three-mile-deep series of fortifications, pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles. Called the Westwall by the Germans, it ran from Kleve on the border with the Netherlands, along the western border of the old German Empire as far as the town of Weil am Rhein on the Swiss border

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Off the Rails
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch
Season 1 Episode 9/20

Vince Henderson visits the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent - the world's longest and best-equipped 15in gauge line - and takes a ride on its carriage Gladys
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
1:30am
Off the Rails
Churnet Valley
Season 1 Episode 10/20

Vince Henderson steps back in time at the six-and-a-half-mile steam line in Staffordshire for a re-enactment of a station at war, then boards an American locomotive for a trip into enemy territory
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
2:00am
Weapons of War
Army Group Centre
Season 1 Episode 5/34

An account of war in the central sector of the Eastern Front during the Second World War, from the 1941 advance into Russia to the juggernaut of the Soviets' counter-attack

Rating: 9
3:00am
Seven Ages of Britain
The Second Age 1000BC - 43AD
Season 1 Episode 2/7

Historian Bettany Hughes explores the period from 1000BC to 43AD, comprising the Bronze and Iron Ages, which saw Britain engulfed by widespread flooding and the hunter-gatherers forced to abandon their homes and learn new skills. Tribes came into existence and people gave themselves names, picked rulers, used simple coinage and became traders with their continental neighbours

Rating: 7.2
4:00am
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Dover
Season 1 Episode 3/6

The role of Dover Castle in repulsing French forces who were intent on seizing the throne of England in 1216, but were stymied by the fortress's formidable defences

Rating: 5.3
5:00am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Ike and MacArthur
Season 3 Episode 1/12

Examining stories about US generals Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur that are commonly taken as facts in the annals of American history

5:30am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Worlds of Amusement
Season 3 Episode 2/12

A look at US amusement parks and world's fairs, including the history of rollercoasters and how Walt Disney's second theme park was almost in St Louis

Wed 25 Apr

6:00am
Top Tens
Top Ten Fighting Ships
Season 1 Episode 3/8

Countdown of the greatest naval war machines, examining some of the most lethal ships ever built

Rating: 9
7:00am
Off the Rails
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch
Season 1 Episode 9/20

Vince Henderson visits the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent - the world's longest and best-equipped 15in gauge line - and takes a ride on its carriage Gladys
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
7:30am
Off the Rails
Churnet Valley
Season 1 Episode 10/20

Vince Henderson steps back in time at the six-and-a-half-mile steam line in Staffordshire for a re-enactment of a station at war, then boards an American locomotive for a trip into enemy territory
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
8:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Using 3D photographs taken at the time, the presenter explores the stalemate of trench warfare which culminated in the Battle of the Somme

9:00am
Edge of War
Thatcher's War
Season 1 Episode 5/6

Documentary exploring why Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982, and the counter-attack launched by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to protect the territory

Rating: 6
10:00am
Battlefield
Battle for Tunisia - Part One
Season 5 Episode 1/12

Part one of two. The final African campaign, which eventually saw the Allies march into Tunis unopposed, taking 150,000 Axis soldiers prisoner

Rating: 4.5
11:00am
Battlefield
Battle for Tunisia - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 2/12

Part two of two. The last African campaign of the Second World War, the success of which saw the Allied 1st Army walk unopposed into Tunis

Rating: 4.5
12:00pm
Top Tens
Top Ten Machine Guns
Season 2 Episode 1/3

A closer look at 10 of the most influential and technologically advanced machine guns used in modern warfare

Rating: 9
1:00pm
Weapons of War
Army Group South
Season 1 Episode 7/34

The story of Wehrmacht operations in southern Russia, including the capture of Crimea and the battle for Stalingrad

Rating: 9
2:00pm
Edge of War
Taking Down Noriega
Season 1 Episode 6/6

America's invasion of Panama in 1989, an operation designed to remove dictator Manuel Noriega from power

Rating: 6
3:00pm
Off the Rails
Midland Railway
Season 1 Episode 11/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson drives a steam engine at Ripley in Derbyshire and gets to grips with a 1926 Class 3 tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
3:30pm
Off the Rails
West Somerset
Season 1 Episode 12/20

Vince Henderson visits the Silver Jubilee Steam Gala and learns about being a fireman aboard the Didmore Manor 7820
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
4:00pm
Battlefield
Monte Cassino - Part One
Season 5 Episode 5/12

Part one of two. The Battle of Monte Cassino, a bitter and bloody series of four assaults fought during the first five months of 1944 on the Italian Gustav Line that paved the way for Allied troops to advance on Rome

Rating: 4.5
5:00pm
Treasure Quest
Lusitania Revealed
Season 1 Episode 7/12

The team is invited to survey the wreck of the RMS Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner sunk by German torpedoes off the Irish coast in 1915, to see if the vessel is salvageable

Rating: 5.5
6:00pm
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste
Celeste Fowles, a descendant of the ship's captain, looks at evidence throwing fresh light on what happened to the brigantine, which left New York Harbour in November 1872 and was found deserted a month later in the Atlantic. The mystery has encouraged stories of alien abduction, phantom islands and giant sea monsters

7:00pm
Life After: Chernobyl
Scientist with unlimited access to the Chernobyl danger zone explore how the environment and wildlife are affected after 30 years in the most contaminated area on earth

Rating: 3.7
8:00pm
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Conwy
Season 1 Episode 4/6

The historian explores Conwy Castle on the north coast of Wales, one of several strongholds built by King Edward I in the 13th century in a bid to control the local population

Rating: 5.3
9:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The Fourth Age 410 - 1066AD
Season 1 Episode 4/7

Bettany Hughes considers the fourth age, between 410 and 1066AD, a period of change that led to the disintegration of Britannia following the gradual collapse of the Roman Empire and an invasion by Scandinavians and northern Europeans, hungry for power and land. Out of the upheaval and chaos came the gradual development of a wealthy, independent England, which many would recognise today in areas of language, law, religion and economy

Rating: 7.2
10:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The Fifth Age 1066 - 1350AD
Season 1 Episode 5/7

Bettany Hughes examines the fifth age of Britain, from 1066 to 1350, chronicling the period between two shattering historical events - the invasion by William the Conqueror and the effects of the Black Death. She looks for evidence of the consequences of the Norman conquest, from the castles that sprang up to the soaring cathedral vaults that marked the peak of medieval exuberance

Rating: 7.2
11:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 3/4

With the Battle of the Somme in full swing, Tony Robinson uses rare stereoscopic images to reveal some of the unprecedented technologies that made the war even bloodier

12:00am
Battlefield
The West Wall - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 8/12

Part two of two. The defence of Hitler's elaborate Siegfried Line, a series of deep fortifications, pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Off the Rails
Midland Railway
Season 1 Episode 11/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson drives a steam engine at Ripley in Derbyshire and gets to grips with a 1926 Class 3 tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
1:30am
Off the Rails
West Somerset
Season 1 Episode 12/20

Vince Henderson visits the Silver Jubilee Steam Gala and learns about being a fireman aboard the Didmore Manor 7820
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
2:00am
Weapons of War
Army Group South
Season 1 Episode 7/34

The story of Wehrmacht operations in southern Russia, including the capture of Crimea and the battle for Stalingrad

Rating: 9
3:00am
Seven Ages of Britain
The Fourth Age 410 - 1066AD
Season 1 Episode 4/7

Bettany Hughes considers the fourth age, between 410 and 1066AD, a period of change that led to the disintegration of Britannia following the gradual collapse of the Roman Empire and an invasion by Scandinavians and northern Europeans, hungry for power and land. Out of the upheaval and chaos came the gradual development of a wealthy, independent England, which many would recognise today in areas of language, law, religion and economy

Rating: 7.2
4:00am
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Conwy
Season 1 Episode 4/6

The historian explores Conwy Castle on the north coast of Wales, one of several strongholds built by King Edward I in the 13th century in a bid to control the local population

Rating: 5.3
5:00am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Welcome to the Big Apple
Season 3 Episode 3/12

Examining stories about the Empire State Building and Grand Central in New York City, including why a penny tossed from the top of the skyscraper would not be fatal

5:30am
America: Facts vs Fiction
The Princess and the Pathfinders
Season 3 Episode 4/12

A look at the truth behind the story of Pocahontas and John Smith, as well as revealing why renowned explorers Lewis and Clark's exploits were forgotten for a century

Thu 26 Apr

6:00am
Top Tens
Top Ten Machine Guns
Season 2 Episode 1/3

A closer look at 10 of the most influential and technologically advanced machine guns used in modern warfare

Rating: 9
7:00am
Off the Rails
Midland Railway
Season 1 Episode 11/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson drives a steam engine at Ripley in Derbyshire and gets to grips with a 1926 Class 3 tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
7:30am
Off the Rails
West Somerset
Season 1 Episode 12/20

Vince Henderson visits the Silver Jubilee Steam Gala and learns about being a fireman aboard the Didmore Manor 7820
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
8:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 3/4

With the Battle of the Somme in full swing, Tony Robinson uses rare stereoscopic images to reveal some of the unprecedented technologies that made the war even bloodier

9:00am
Edge of War
Taking Down Noriega
Season 1 Episode 6/6

America's invasion of Panama in 1989, an operation designed to remove dictator Manuel Noriega from power

Rating: 6
10:00am
Battlefield
The Battle of Kursk - Part One
Season 4 Episode 1/12

Part one of two. The Battle of Kursk, one of the largest tank engagements in the history of warfare, which took place in 1943 and resulted in the deaths of nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German soldiers
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
11:00am
Battlefield
The Battle of Kursk - Part Two
Season 4 Episode 2/12

Part two of two. The Battle of Kursk, one of the largest tank engagements in the history of warfare, which took place in 1943 and caused the deaths of nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German soldiers
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
12:00pm
Top Tens
Top Ten Armour
Season 2 Episode 2/3

An in-depth look at 10 of the most influential and technologically advanced types of armour used in modern warfare

Rating: 9
1:00pm
Weapons of War
Atlantic Convoys
Season 1 Episode 8/34

The truth about submarine attacks and the mechanics of a ship's defences, featuring contributions by Second World War veterans

Rating: 9
2:00pm
Ultimate Warfare
Fallujah: The Taking of Terror Central
Season 1 Episode 1/10

Examining the inner workings of warfare, from the major strategies and formidable munitions to the minutiae that can separate success and failure. Beginning with Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, which was meant to be a 48-hour battle, but saw the insurgents put up stern resistance. The programme examines how the joint US-British-Iraqi forces managed to reclaim the city

Rating: 8
3:00pm
Off the Rails
Chinnor and Princes Risborough
Season 1 Episode 13/20

Enthusiast Vince Henderson joins volunteers working on the preserved Chinnor and Princes Risborough line in Buckinghamshire
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
3:30pm
Off the Rails
North Yorks Moors
Season 1 Episode 14/20

Vince Henderson takes a ride on a BR Class 4MT on the North Yorkshire Moors railway, one of the longest and oldest lines in the country
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
4:00pm
Battlefield
Monte Cassino - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 6/12

Concluding the two-part analysis of the bitter Battle of Monte Cassino, which was fought on the Gustav Line in Italy during the Second World War

Rating: 4.5
5:00pm
Treasure Quest
Return to the Legend
Season 1 Episode 8/12

The Odyssey crew learns the recovered cannons are from HMS Victory, the flagship before Nelson's vessel of the same name

Rating: 5.5
6:00pm
Treasure Quest
The Liberty Ship
Season 1 Episode 9/12

The team dives to the wreck of the Cyrus H McCormick, which was sunk by German submarines during the Second World War, and discovers the remains of infamous U-boat U103

Rating: 5.5
7:00pm
Salvaging the Kursk
The efforts to recover the Russian nuclear submarine from the seabed following the tragedy in 2000 that claimed the lives of all 118 crew members

8:00pm
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Malbork
Season 1 Episode 5/6

The broadcaster explores the history of Malbork Castle in Poland, a stronghold of the Teutonic knights during the Baltic Crusades, and a place where they found refuge from enemies

Rating: 5.3
9:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The Sixth Age 1350 - 1530AD
Season 1 Episode 6/7

Bettany Hughes considers the sixth age of Britain, from 1350 to 1530AD, a period which saw Henry VIII provide land for the country's peasantry and begin the dissolution of the monasteries. The programme reveals how the power of the old nobility was weakened as new aspirational groups emerged - capital farmers in the countryside and merchant adventurers in the cities

Rating: 7.2
10:00pm
Seven Ages of Britain
The Seventh Age 1530-1700AD
Season 1 Episode 7/7

Bettany Hughes provides an insight into the seventh age of Britain between 1530 and 1700, from the Elizabethan era to the eve of the agricultural and industrial revolutions. The documentary chronicles the emergence of many characteristics of the modern nation, such as political rights, secular entertainment, capitalism and the creation of the middle class

Rating: 7.2
11:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Tony looks at the final year of the conflict that would become known as the Great War. He details how German forces risked everything in one last push - but British tactics and technology helped the Allies to prevail

12:00am
Battlefield
Arnhem - Part One
Season 5 Episode 9/12

Part one of two. The failure of Operation Market Garden, which was meant to bring an end to the Second World War in 1944, and was immortalised in the film A Bridge Too Far

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Off the Rails
Chinnor and Princes Risborough
Season 1 Episode 13/20

Enthusiast Vince Henderson joins volunteers working on the preserved Chinnor and Princes Risborough line in Buckinghamshire
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
1:30am
Off the Rails
North Yorks Moors
Season 1 Episode 14/20

Vince Henderson takes a ride on a BR Class 4MT on the North Yorkshire Moors railway, one of the longest and oldest lines in the country
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
2:00am
Weapons of War
Atlantic Convoys
Season 1 Episode 8/34

The truth about submarine attacks and the mechanics of a ship's defences, featuring contributions by Second World War veterans

Rating: 9
3:00am
Seven Ages of Britain
The Sixth Age 1350 - 1530AD
Season 1 Episode 6/7

Bettany Hughes considers the sixth age of Britain, from 1350 to 1530AD, a period which saw Henry VIII provide land for the country's peasantry and begin the dissolution of the monasteries. The programme reveals how the power of the old nobility was weakened as new aspirational groups emerged - capital farmers in the countryside and merchant adventurers in the cities

Rating: 7.2
4:00am
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Malbork
Season 1 Episode 5/6

The broadcaster explores the history of Malbork Castle in Poland, a stronghold of the Teutonic knights during the Baltic Crusades, and a place where they found refuge from enemies

Rating: 5.3
5:00am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Unwrapping the Holidays
Season 3 Episode 5/12

A look at how Santa Claus is actually the product of three New York minds, and how the Times Square Ball drop is based on a bygone system of standardising time

5:30am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Kings of the Sky
Season 3 Episode 6/12

A look at how Charles Lindbergh was far from the first man to fly the Atlantic, while the biggest danger astronaut John Glenn faced was actually on the launch pad

Fri 27 Apr

6:00am
Top Tens
Top Ten Armour
Season 2 Episode 2/3

An in-depth look at 10 of the most influential and technologically advanced types of armour used in modern warfare

Rating: 9
7:00am
Off the Rails
Chinnor and Princes Risborough
Season 1 Episode 13/20

Enthusiast Vince Henderson joins volunteers working on the preserved Chinnor and Princes Risborough line in Buckinghamshire
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
7:30am
Off the Rails
North Yorks Moors
Season 1 Episode 14/20

Vince Henderson takes a ride on a BR Class 4MT on the North Yorkshire Moors railway, one of the longest and oldest lines in the country
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
8:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Tony looks at the final year of the conflict that would become known as the Great War. He details how German forces risked everything in one last push - but British tactics and technology helped the Allies to prevail

9:00am
Ultimate Warfare
Fallujah: The Taking of Terror Central
Season 1 Episode 1/10

Examining the inner workings of warfare, from the major strategies and formidable munitions to the minutiae that can separate success and failure. Beginning with Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, which was meant to be a 48-hour battle, but saw the insurgents put up stern resistance. The programme examines how the joint US-British-Iraqi forces managed to reclaim the city

Rating: 8
10:00am
Battlefield
Air War Over Germany - Part One
Season 4 Episode 3/12

Part one of two. The considerable RAF losses in the air war over Germany in the early 1940s, which almost led to a suspension of operations
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
11:00am
Battlefield
Air War Over Germany - Part Two
Season 4 Episode 4/12

Part two of two. The Allied bombing campaign over Germany in the early 1940s, designed to disrupt the war effort and erode civilian morale, which ultimately diverted the Luftwaffe to home defence
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.5
12:00pm
Top Tens
Top Ten Covert Gear
Season 2 Episode 3/3

A closer look at 10 of the most influential and technologically advanced examples of covert equipment found in modern warfare

Rating: 9
1:00pm
Weapons of War
Infantry Firepower
Season 1 Episode 23/34

The workings and capabilities of explosive weapons, including mortars, landmines, bazookas and hand grenades

Rating: 9
2:00pm
Ultimate Warfare
Hue: Vietnam's Bloodiest Battle
Season 1 Episode 2/10

Documentary on the Battle of Hue, which took place at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, the Viet Cong's campaign of surprise attacks against the US and its allies in 1968

Rating: 8
3:00pm
Off the Rails
Northampton and Lamport
Season 1 Episode 15/20

A reclaimed stretch of line over Northamptonshire's River Nene catches Vince Henderson's attention, before he explores the delights of Polish TKh steam locomotives
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
3:30pm
Off the Rails
Mid-Norfolk
Season 1 Episode 16/20

Vince Henderson gets into the workings of a diesel engine, and takes a look at one under repair in the pits after a storm. The team faces a big challenge to get it functioning
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
4:00pm
Battlefield
The West Wall - Part One
Season 5 Episode 7/12

Part one of two. The construction, between 1938 and 1940, of Hitler's elaborate Siegfried Line, which consisted of a three-mile-deep series of fortifications, pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles. Called the Westwall by the Germans, it ran from Kleve on the border with the Netherlands, along the western border of the old German Empire as far as the town of Weil am Rhein on the Swiss border

Rating: 4.5
5:00pm
Treasure Quest
Mysterious Cargo
Season 1 Episode 10/12

The salvage experts explore merchant ships on the seabed, hoping to stumble on a cargo of rare wine and champagne

Rating: 5.5
6:00pm
Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster
A comprehensive look at the infamous 1912 tragedy. Advanced imaging techniques, computer animation, dramatic re-enactments and a dive to the wreckage site help reveal what caused the ship to sink - and what could have been done to prevent it

Rating: 8
8:00pm
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Malaga
Season 1 Episode 6/6

Exploring the 1487 siege of Malaga by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, and the significance of Gibralfaro Castle to the port's Muslim defenders

Rating: 5.3
9:00pm
Sir Francis Drake
The relationship between the celebrated privateer and Elizabeth I, focusing on how the defeat of the Spanish Armada enhanced their respective reputations

10:00pm
Quest for Captain Kidd
Barry Clifford travels to Madagascar, where he discovers relics and traces of the ship that once belonged to one of the world's most infamous pirates

11:00pm
Churchill's Toyshop
Documentary examining how Winston Churchill brought together a group of scientists and engineers to come up with ingenious secret weapons during the Second World War

Rating: 10
12:00am
Battlefield
Arnhem - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 10/12

Concluding the tragic story of the failure of Operation Market Garden, which resulted in the loss of 10,000 Allied lives during the Second World War

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Off the Rails
Northampton and Lamport
Season 1 Episode 15/20

A reclaimed stretch of line over Northamptonshire's River Nene catches Vince Henderson's attention, before he explores the delights of Polish TKh steam locomotives
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
1:30am
Off the Rails
Mid-Norfolk
Season 1 Episode 16/20

Vince Henderson gets into the workings of a diesel engine, and takes a look at one under repair in the pits after a storm. The team faces a big challenge to get it functioning
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
2:00am
Weapons of War
Infantry Firepower
Season 1 Episode 23/34

The workings and capabilities of explosive weapons, including mortars, landmines, bazookas and hand grenades

Rating: 9
3:00am
Sir Francis Drake
The relationship between the celebrated privateer and Elizabeth I, focusing on how the defeat of the Spanish Armada enhanced their respective reputations

4:00am
Battle Castle with Dan Snow
Malaga
Season 1 Episode 6/6

Exploring the 1487 siege of Malaga by the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, and the significance of Gibralfaro Castle to the port's Muslim defenders

Rating: 5.3
5:00am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Top Secret Vaults
Season 3 Episode 7/12

Myths surrounding the US's top-secret vaults, revealing that $250 billion of gold sits in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York protected by technology from 1924

5:30am
America: Facts vs Fiction
Not So Close Encounters
Season 3 Episode 8/12

Myths surrounding contact with aliens, examining claims of a UFO crash in Roswell in 1947 and scientists reverse-engineering extra-terrestrial technology in Area 51 in Nevada

Sat 28 Apr

6:00am
How We Built the Bomb
Documentary charting the research, development and construction of the world's first nuclear bomb, which triggered the international arms race that gave rise to the Cold War

8:00am
Unsolved History
Hitler and the Spear of Destiny
Season 1 Episode 13/23

An investigation into an ancient spearhead said to have been used to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion, and which was once coveted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler

Rating: 6
9:00am
Surviving D-Day
Documentary exploring the Omaha Beach operation of the Normandy landings during the Second World War, using graphics and 3D environments to portray the grim battles
(Audio Described)

Rating: 5.7
11:00am
Churchill's Toyshop
Documentary examining how Winston Churchill brought together a group of scientists and engineers to come up with ingenious secret weapons during the Second World War

Rating: 10
12:00pm
How We Built the Bomb
Documentary charting the research, development and construction of the world's first nuclear bomb, which triggered the international arms race that gave rise to the Cold War

2:00pm
Unsolved History
Hitler and the Spear of Destiny
Season 1 Episode 13/23

An investigation into an ancient spearhead said to have been used to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion, and which was once coveted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler

Rating: 6
3:00pm
Surviving D-Day
Documentary exploring the Omaha Beach operation of the Normandy landings during the Second World War, using graphics and 3D environments to portray the grim battles
(Audio Described)

Rating: 5.7
5:00pm
Churchill's Toyshop
Documentary examining how Winston Churchill brought together a group of scientists and engineers to come up with ingenious secret weapons during the Second World War

Rating: 10
6:00pm
Unsolved History
Hitler and the Spear of Destiny
Season 1 Episode 13/23

An investigation into an ancient spearhead said to have been used to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion, and which was once coveted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler

Rating: 6
7:00pm
American Titans
Vanderbilt v Drew
Season 1 Episode 4/6

The battle between Cornelius Vanderbilt and his old friend Daniel Drew to run the Erie Railroad

8:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 1/4

The presenter - whose grandfather enlisted in the First World War - gains an unparalleled perspective of the Great War from 3D photographs which have never been broadcast before

9:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Using 3D photographs taken at the time, the presenter explores the stalemate of trench warfare which culminated in the Battle of the Somme

10:00pm
Frontline Battle Machines with Mike Brewer
Protecting the Troops
Season 1 Episode 5/8

The presenter examines the kit used by soldiers in Afghanistan, testing Osprey body armour to see how well it withstands gunfire, and investigating the SA80 combat rifle

Rating: 5.5
11:00pm
Frontline Battle Machines with Mike Brewer
Combat Support
Season 1 Episode 6/8

The presenter takes a flight in the versatile Merlin transport helicopter to the fiercely contested Kajaki Dam in Helmand province, Afghanistan, where he examines its counterpart in combat, the Lynx

Rating: 5.5
12:00am
Battlefield
The West Wall - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 8/12

Part two of two. The defence of Hitler's elaborate Siegfried Line, a series of deep fortifications, pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Battlefield
Arnhem - Part One
Season 5 Episode 9/12

Part one of two. The failure of Operation Market Garden, which was meant to bring an end to the Second World War in 1944, and was immortalised in the film A Bridge Too Far

Rating: 4.5
2:00am
American Titans
Vanderbilt v Drew
Season 1 Episode 4/6

The battle between Cornelius Vanderbilt and his old friend Daniel Drew to run the Erie Railroad

3:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 1/4

The presenter - whose grandfather enlisted in the First World War - gains an unparalleled perspective of the Great War from 3D photographs which have never been broadcast before

4:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 2/4

Using 3D photographs taken at the time, the presenter explores the stalemate of trench warfare which culminated in the Battle of the Somme

5:00am
Off the Rails
Stately Trains
Season 1 Episode 8/20

Vince Henderson discovers the renovations being done on one of the Flying Scotsman's original carriages - highlighting the skills of the master technicians at work
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
5:30am
Off the Rails
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch
Season 1 Episode 9/20

Vince Henderson visits the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent - the world's longest and best-equipped 15in gauge line - and takes a ride on its carriage Gladys
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6

Sun 29 Apr

6:00am
How We Got Here
Nazis Get Us to the Moon
Season 1 Episode 1/12

Documentary charting momentous events from American history, beginning with German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun's defection to the US

Rating: 10
6:30am
How We Got Here
Cars Win World War II
Season 1 Episode 2/12

The history documentary continues with an account of how a chance meeting with Thomas Edison gave Henry Ford an idea that would change the world

Rating: 10
7:00am
How We Got Here
Gold Makes Headlines
Season 1 Episode 3/12

Gold is discovered in California and a penniless prospector named George Hearst seeks his fortune. After much toil, his son takes over a newspaper

Rating: 10
7:30am
How We Got Here
Colt Makes Men All Equal
Season 1 Episode 4/12

A small unit of Texas Rangers fight off 80 Comanche warriors in 1844, and their battle sets in motion a chain of events that transforms America into an industrial powerhouse

Rating: 10
8:00am
Inventions That Rocked the World
For Your Listening Pleasure
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Documentary exploring technical innovations and inventions that shaped the world of popular music, beginning with the Sony Walkman and the compact disc

Rating: 10
9:00am
Inventions That Rocked the World
Going Electric
Season 1 Episode 2/6

With the flick of a switch, Thomas Edison started a chain reaction in 1882 that leads directly to Woodstock. It's all about the evolution of the guitar

Rating: 10
10:00am
Inventions That Rocked the World
Synthesised Sound
Season 1 Episode 3/6

Not since the electric guitar more than two decades before had an instrument changed the musical landscape as much as the synthesiser

Rating: 10
11:00am
How We Got Here
Nazis Get Us to the Moon
Season 1 Episode 1/12

Documentary charting momentous events from American history, beginning with German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun's defection to the US

Rating: 10
11:30am
How We Got Here
Cars Win World War II
Season 1 Episode 2/12

The history documentary continues with an account of how a chance meeting with Thomas Edison gave Henry Ford an idea that would change the world

Rating: 10
12:00pm
How We Got Here
Gold Makes Headlines
Season 1 Episode 3/12

Gold is discovered in California and a penniless prospector named George Hearst seeks his fortune. After much toil, his son takes over a newspaper

Rating: 10
12:30pm
How We Got Here
Colt Makes Men All Equal
Season 1 Episode 4/12

A small unit of Texas Rangers fight off 80 Comanche warriors in 1844, and their battle sets in motion a chain of events that transforms America into an industrial powerhouse

Rating: 10
1:00pm
Inventions That Rocked the World
For Your Listening Pleasure
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Documentary exploring technical innovations and inventions that shaped the world of popular music, beginning with the Sony Walkman and the compact disc

Rating: 10
2:00pm
Inventions That Rocked the World
Going Electric
Season 1 Episode 2/6

With the flick of a switch, Thomas Edison started a chain reaction in 1882 that leads directly to Woodstock. It's all about the evolution of the guitar

Rating: 10
3:00pm
Inventions That Rocked the World
Synthesised Sound
Season 1 Episode 3/6

Not since the electric guitar more than two decades before had an instrument changed the musical landscape as much as the synthesiser

Rating: 10
4:00pm
How We Got Here
Nazis Get Us to the Moon
Season 1 Episode 1/12

Documentary charting momentous events from American history, beginning with German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun's defection to the US

Rating: 10
4:30pm
How We Got Here
Cars Win World War II
Season 1 Episode 2/12

The history documentary continues with an account of how a chance meeting with Thomas Edison gave Henry Ford an idea that would change the world

Rating: 10
5:00pm
How We Got Here
Gold Makes Headlines
Season 1 Episode 3/12

Gold is discovered in California and a penniless prospector named George Hearst seeks his fortune. After much toil, his son takes over a newspaper

Rating: 10
5:30pm
How We Got Here
Colt Makes Men All Equal
Season 1 Episode 4/12

A small unit of Texas Rangers fight off 80 Comanche warriors in 1844, and their battle sets in motion a chain of events that transforms America into an industrial powerhouse

Rating: 10
6:00pm
Inventions That Rocked the World
For Your Listening Pleasure
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Documentary exploring technical innovations and inventions that shaped the world of popular music, beginning with the Sony Walkman and the compact disc

Rating: 10
7:00pm
American Titans
Hearst v Pulitzer
Season 1 Episode 5/6

The newspaper circulation war between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer that would change publishing for ever

8:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 3/4

With the Battle of the Somme in full swing, Tony Robinson uses rare stereoscopic images to reveal some of the unprecedented technologies that made the war even bloodier

9:00pm
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Tony looks at the final year of the conflict that would become known as the Great War. He details how German forces risked everything in one last push - but British tactics and technology helped the Allies to prevail

10:00pm
Frontline Battle Machines with Mike Brewer
Casualties and Recovery
Season 1 Episode 7/8

The presenter tests the possible replacement for the Snatch Land Rover following concerns over its use in Iraq and Afghanistan, and revisits the pilot who saved his life in 2010

Rating: 5.5
11:00pm
Frontline Battle Machines with Mike Brewer
Mike's War
Season 1 Episode 8/8

The presenter looks back at his time in Afghanistan, including a spine-chilling moment in a Chinook helicopter, firing the 105mm gun, and defusing roadside bombs

Rating: 5.5
12:00am
Battlefield
Arnhem - Part Two
Season 5 Episode 10/12

Concluding the tragic story of the failure of Operation Market Garden, which resulted in the loss of 10,000 Allied lives during the Second World War

Rating: 4.5
1:00am
Battlefield
Battle for Caen - Part One
Season 5 Episode 11/12

Part one of two. The Allied victory over German forces at the Falaise Gap in August 1944, and the early events of Operation Overlord

Rating: 4.5
2:00am
American Titans
Hearst v Pulitzer
Season 1 Episode 5/6

The newspaper circulation war between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer that would change publishing for ever

3:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 3/4

With the Battle of the Somme in full swing, Tony Robinson uses rare stereoscopic images to reveal some of the unprecedented technologies that made the war even bloodier

4:00am
Tony Robinson's World War One
Season 1 Episode 4/4

Tony looks at the final year of the conflict that would become known as the Great War. He details how German forces risked everything in one last push - but British tactics and technology helped the Allies to prevail

5:00am
Off the Rails
Churnet Valley
Season 1 Episode 10/20

Vince Henderson steps back in time at the six-and-a-half-mile steam line in Staffordshire for a re-enactment of a station at war, then boards an American locomotive for a trip into enemy territory
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6
5:30am
Off the Rails
Midland Railway
Season 1 Episode 11/20

Train enthusiast Vince Henderson drives a steam engine at Ripley in Derbyshire and gets to grips with a 1926 Class 3 tank locomotive
(Audio Described)

Rating: 4.6