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Mon 16 Dec

6:00am
Mystic Britain
Mummies
Season 1 Episode 6/10

Mummification is usually associated with early Egyptians or Peruvians, but as Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota discover, the practice had reached Britain during the prehistoric Bronze Age
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
7:00am
Mystic Britain
Human Sacrifice
Season 1 Episode 7/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota explore Britain's mystical past. From strange tombs to twisted skeletons deep in giant caves, the landscape reveals ancient rituals and sacred beliefs
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
8:00am
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
9:00am
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
10:00am
Britain in Colour
Royalty
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Historic film, now colourised, creates a vivid portrait of the royal family from the late 19th century. It includes the earliest film of Queen Victoria, and Edward and Wallis Simpson marrying in exile
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
11:00am
China's Forbidden City
The Reign of the Concubine
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Concluding the history of the ancient seat of imperial power with an examination of one of the seedier elements of life at court - the concubines - and how their presence contributed to its humiliating decline
(Repeat)

Rating: 7
12:00pm
Mystic Britain
Mummies
Season 1 Episode 6/10

Mummification is usually associated with early Egyptians or Peruvians, but as Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota discover, the practice had reached Britain during the prehistoric Bronze Age
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
1:00pm
Mystic Britain
Human Sacrifice
Season 1 Episode 7/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota explore Britain's mystical past. From strange tombs to twisted skeletons deep in giant caves, the landscape reveals ancient rituals and sacred beliefs
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
2:00pm
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
3:00pm
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
4:00pm
Britain in Colour
Royalty
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Historic film, now colourised, creates a vivid portrait of the royal family from the late 19th century. It includes the earliest film of Queen Victoria, and Edward and Wallis Simpson marrying in exile
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
5:00pm
Aircrash Alaska
Forest Flight Down
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Series about an elite air crash investigation unit in Alaska, where people often fly rather than drive. Here, an air taxi with five people on board crashes shortly after take-off
(Repeat)

6:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Mince Pies
Festive edition from 2016 in which Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman visit places where traditional Christmas items roll off the production line. Gregg goes to Britain's biggest cake factory, where 180 million mince pies are produced each year, and pitches in on the yule log conveyor belt. Cherry finds out where tinsel and wrapping paper are made and Ruth learns the history of Christmas crackers
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
7:00pm
Last Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian, brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I, longed to emerge from his sibling's shadow. His dream came true when he became Emperor of Mexico, though the dream soon turned into a nightmare
(Repeat)

8:00pm
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

9:00pm
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

10:00pm
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
11:00pm
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

12:00am
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

1:00am
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
2:00am
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

3:00am
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

4:00am
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Forest Flight Down
Season 1 Episode 1/6

Series about an elite air crash investigation unit in Alaska, where people often fly rather than drive. Here, an air taxi with five people on board crashes shortly after take-off
(Repeat)

Tue 17 Dec

6:00am
The Mountain Lion and Me
A wildlife film-maker follows paw prints in his yard and enters the secretive world of a mountain lion family
(Repeat)

7:00am
Britain in Colour
Royalty
Season 1 Episode 1/3

Historic film, now colourised, creates a vivid portrait of the royal family from the late 19th century. It includes the earliest film of Queen Victoria, and Edward and Wallis Simpson marrying in exile
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
8:00am
White House Revealed
Documentary exploring the world of the White House residence staff, who include doormen, butlers, plumbers, chefs, housekeepers, engineers and florists. These men and women are anonymous to the public but have worked for some of the most powerful men in the world
(Repeat)

9:00am
America's Civil War 360
Fight for Freedom
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Dennis Haysbert looks at the Civil War from the perspective of the millions of slaves who prayed and fought for their freedom
(Repeat)

10:00am
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

11:00am
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
12:00pm
Mystic Britain
Time Tripping
Season 1 Episode 10/10

Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota's journey through Britain's strange and unusual past explores everything from the unsettling to the simply surprising, from zombies and mummification to witchcraft
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
1:00pm
Adolf Island
Staffordshire University's Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls reveals the largely untold story of a Nazi concentration camp secretly set up on the Channel Island of Alderney during the Second World War using slave workers
(Repeat)

2:00pm
Hunt for the Double Eagle
Drama-documentary about the extraordinary story surrounding the world's most valuable coin. A tale of intrigue, theft and double-dealing, involving a London coin dealer, an Egyptian King and America's Secret Service
(Repeat)

Rating: 9
3:00pm
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

4:00pm
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

5:00pm
Aircrash Alaska
Trapper Creek Tragedy
Season 1 Episode 2/6

A father dies while piloting a small plane at his daughter's wedding in Alaska. Two months earlier, a seasoned pilot crashes into a river. Investigators are baffled
(Repeat)

6:00pm
Atomic Bomb: Witness to History
The aircrew who flew the planes that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki speak about the missions that changed the world forever
(Repeat)

7:00pm
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
8:00pm
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas

Rating: 7.5
9:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Mince Pies
Festive edition from 2016 in which Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman visit places where traditional Christmas items roll off the production line. Gregg goes to Britain's biggest cake factory, where 180 million mince pies are produced each year, and pitches in on the yule log conveyor belt. Cherry finds out where tinsel and wrapping paper are made and Ruth learns the history of Christmas crackers
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
10:00pm
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
11:00pm
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
12:00am
The Pacific War in Colour
From the Ashes
Season 1 Episode 8/8

Dramatic colour combat footage and personal accounts of the Pacific War's final days, as Japan tried to recover from the atomic bombs and the relentless US military onslaught
(Repeat)

1:00am
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
2:00am
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
3:00am
The Pacific War in Colour
From the Ashes
Season 1 Episode 8/8

Dramatic colour combat footage and personal accounts of the Pacific War's final days, as Japan tried to recover from the atomic bombs and the relentless US military onslaught
(Repeat)

4:00am
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Trapper Creek Tragedy
Season 1 Episode 2/6

A father dies while piloting a small plane at his daughter's wedding in Alaska. Two months earlier, a seasoned pilot crashes into a river. Investigators are baffled
(Repeat)

Wed 18 Dec

6:00am
Last Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian, brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I, longed to emerge from his sibling's shadow. His dream came true when he became Emperor of Mexico, though the dream soon turned into a nightmare
(Repeat)

7:00am
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

8:00am
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
9:00am
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
10:00am
America in Colour
Hollywood's Golden Age
Season 2 Episode 6/6

The rise and rise of America's movie industry in Los Angeles between the 1920s and 1960s, and the legendary stars it created, featuring recently colourised footage from back-in-the-day.
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
11:00am
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
12:00pm
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

1:00pm
Lincoln's Washington at War
A look at Washington, DC in the 1860s reveals how the Civil War helped turn a sleepy town into a symbol of the American people and its government
(Repeat)

2:00pm
America in Colour
Made in the USA
Season 3 Episode 4/

In 1900, life for many American workers was dangerous and dull. Colourised footage shows how technological innovations, two world wars and consumerism help build the richest economy in the world
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
3:00pm
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
4:00pm
America in Colour
Hollywood's Golden Age
Season 2 Episode 6/6

The rise and rise of America's movie industry in Los Angeles between the 1920s and 1960s, and the legendary stars it created, featuring recently colourised footage from back-in-the-day.
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
5:00pm
Aircrash Alaska
Engine Out in Midair
Season 1 Episode 3/6

Flying is a way of life in Alaska's remote landscape, but it's fraught with danger. When a Cessna light aircraft crashes on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, aviation investigators work to solve the mystery of how the two people on board lost their lives
(Repeat)

6:00pm
America's Civil War 360
Fight for Freedom
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Dennis Haysbert looks at the Civil War from the perspective of the millions of slaves who prayed and fought for their freedom
(Repeat)

7:00pm
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
8:00pm
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

9:00pm
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

10:00pm
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
11:00pm
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

12:00am
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

1:00am
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
2:00am
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

3:00am
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

4:00am
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Engine Out in Midair
Season 1 Episode 3/6

Flying is a way of life in Alaska's remote landscape, but it's fraught with danger. When a Cessna light aircraft crashes on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, aviation investigators work to solve the mystery of how the two people on board lost their lives
(Repeat)

Thu 19 Dec

6:00am
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
7:00am
America in Colour
Organised Crime
Season 2 Episode 3/6

America's gangsters of the early 20th century were often colourful characters, who even courted publicity. Here, for the first time, mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano are seen in colour
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
8:00am
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
9:00am
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

10:00am
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

11:00am
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
12:00pm
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
1:00pm
Britain in Colour
Churchill
Season 1 Episode 3/3

Colourisation of rare archival film and home movies bringing Churchill back to life. Featuring moments of drama alongside playful scenes with Charlie Chaplin losing his shorts in his swimming pool
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
2:00pm
Mystic Britain
Ice Age Shaman
Season 1 Episode 8/10

Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans
(Repeat)

Rating: 8.2
3:00pm
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

4:00pm
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

5:00pm
Aircrash Alaska
Plane Down in the Tundra
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Investigators are mystified when a plane heading for an early morning Alaskan fishing trip fails to arrive. The only survivor reveals there was a mysterious sound before impact
(Repeat)

6:00pm
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
7:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Mince Pies
Festive edition from 2016 in which Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman visit places where traditional Christmas items roll off the production line. Gregg goes to Britain's biggest cake factory, where 180 million mince pies are produced each year, and pitches in on the yule log conveyor belt. Cherry finds out where tinsel and wrapping paper are made and Ruth learns the history of Christmas crackers
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
8:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Christmas Cakes
Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the nation's favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be making two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer, while Cherry visits Britain's largest marzipan manufacturer as well as a sprout farm. Ruth investigates how the UK's early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
9:00pm
Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale
The legend of the great white whale, said to be attacking whaling ships in the 19th century. Plus, the truth behind Herman Melville's epic ocean adventure novel
(Repeat)

10:00pm
Shackleton's Frozen Hell
The disastrous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and his crew's battle for survival are relived through witness accounts, archival footage and dramatic recreations
(Repeat)

11:00pm
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

12:00am
Russia's Meteor Mystery
On June 30, 1908, one of the biggest explosions in history rocked a forested region in Siberia. The theories of what happened are as widespread as the damage the fireball caused
(Repeat)

1:00am
Shackleton's Frozen Hell
The disastrous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and his crew's battle for survival are relived through witness accounts, archival footage and dramatic recreations
(Repeat)

2:00am
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

3:00am
Russia's Meteor Mystery
On June 30, 1908, one of the biggest explosions in history rocked a forested region in Siberia. The theories of what happened are as widespread as the damage the fireball caused
(Repeat)

4:00am
Shackleton's Frozen Hell
The disastrous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and his crew's battle for survival are relived through witness accounts, archival footage and dramatic recreations
(Repeat)

5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Plane Down in the Tundra
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Investigators are mystified when a plane heading for an early morning Alaskan fishing trip fails to arrive. The only survivor reveals there was a mysterious sound before impact
(Repeat)

Fri 20 Dec

6:00am
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

7:00am
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

8:00am
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
9:00am
Aerial New Zealand
An aerial tour over New Zealand showcases a diverse world of snow-capped mountains, active volcanoes and a celebrated past
(Repeat)

10:00am
Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale
The legend of the great white whale, said to be attacking whaling ships in the 19th century. Plus, the truth behind Herman Melville's epic ocean adventure novel
(Repeat)

11:00am
Shackleton's Frozen Hell
The disastrous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and his crew's battle for survival are relived through witness accounts, archival footage and dramatic recreations
(Repeat)

12:00pm
King of the Desert Lions
Six years were spent filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions in Africa's Namib Desert. The story of five inseparable lion brothers helped change Namibia's national conservation policy
(Repeat)

1:00pm
America's Mississippi
The Bayou
Season 1 Episode 3/3

An unstoppable force, as it gathers water from its many tributaries, the Missouri and Ohio, to produce the greatest flow in the USA, shaping the landscape as it heads for the ocean
(Repeat)

2:00pm
Aerial Ireland
The Emerald Isle as seldom seen - an unparalleled flight from the primeval landscapes forged by retreating Ice Age glaciers, to the Neolithic tombs and prehistoric forts of the Celtic era, the medieval towns and castles of the Viking and Anglo-Norman eras
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.5
3:00pm
Aerial New Zealand
An aerial tour over New Zealand showcases a diverse world of snow-capped mountains, active volcanoes and a celebrated past
(Repeat)

4:00pm
Aerial America
Hawaii
Season 1 Episode 2/68

Footage of the Hawaiian Islands from above, capturing the bustling harbours and active volcanos of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai
(Repeat)

Rating: 8
5:00pm
Aircrash Alaska
Lost Over the Inlet
Season 1 Episode 5/6

How a brother's trip to celebrate his sister's wedding reception in Alaska turned tragic when his plane went down in icy waters just two miles from its destination
(Repeat)

6:00pm
Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale
The legend of the great white whale, said to be attacking whaling ships in the 19th century. Plus, the truth behind Herman Melville's epic ocean adventure novel
(Repeat)

7:00pm
Shackleton's Frozen Hell
The disastrous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and his crew's battle for survival are relived through witness accounts, archival footage and dramatic recreations
(Repeat)

8:00pm
Aerial America
Dallas-Fort Worth
Season 1 Episode 71/

A flight above the skyline of Texas, made famous by the TV series Dallas. This is the city where the West begins, where President Kennedy was assassinated and where oil wells created huge wealth

Rating: 8
9:00pm
America's Hidden Stories
The General Was Female?
Season 1 Episode 6/8

New DNA tests reveal that Polish-born General Pulaski known as 'the father of American cavalry' and probably saved George Washington's life, was most likely intersex
(Repeat)

10:00pm
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

11:00pm
Aerial America
Dallas-Fort Worth
Season 1 Episode 71/

A flight above the skyline of Texas, made famous by the TV series Dallas. This is the city where the West begins, where President Kennedy was assassinated and where oil wells created huge wealth
(Repeat)

Rating: 8
12:00am
America's Hidden Stories
The General Was Female?
Season 1 Episode 6/8

New DNA tests reveal that Polish-born General Pulaski known as 'the father of American cavalry' and probably saved George Washington's life, was most likely intersex
(Repeat)

1:00am
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

2:00am
Aerial America
Dallas-Fort Worth
Season 1 Episode 71/

A flight above the skyline of Texas, made famous by the TV series Dallas. This is the city where the West begins, where President Kennedy was assassinated and where oil wells created huge wealth
(Repeat)

Rating: 8
3:00am
America's Hidden Stories
The General Was Female?
Season 1 Episode 6/8

New DNA tests reveal that Polish-born General Pulaski known as 'the father of American cavalry' and probably saved George Washington's life, was most likely intersex
(Repeat)

4:00am
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Lost Over the Inlet
Season 1 Episode 5/6

How a brother's trip to celebrate his sister's wedding reception in Alaska turned tragic when his plane went down in icy waters just two miles from its destination
(Repeat)

Sat 21 Dec

6:00am
Baby New at the Zoo
The babies of the Smithsonian's National Zoo - golden lion tamarins, Sumatran tigers, kori bustards and adorable sloth bears. The Smithsonian plays a leading role in breeding endangered species
(Repeat)

6:30am
Chile: A Wild Journey
The wildlife of the South American country, which runs 2,600 miles and boasts extraordinary diversity and an abundance of creatures
(Repeat)

7:30am
Colombia Wild Magic
The largely unseen beauty of the world's second most biodiverse country, as monitored by British film-maker Mike Slee who spent four years shooting over 150 hours of footage. The region sees condors circle the Andean skies, jaguars prowl the forests, while hammerhead sharks and humpback whales swim in the oceans
(Repeat)

9:00am
Aerial America
Dallas-Fort Worth
Season 1 Episode 71/

A flight above the skyline of Texas, made famous by the TV series Dallas. This is the city where the West begins, where President Kennedy was assassinated and where oil wells created huge wealth
(Repeat)

Rating: 8
10:00am
America's Hidden Stories
The General Was Female?
Season 1 Episode 6/8

New DNA tests reveal that Polish-born General Pulaski known as 'the father of American cavalry' and probably saved George Washington's life, was most likely intersex
(Repeat)

11:00am
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

12:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Christmas Cakes
Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the nation's favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be making two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer, while Cherry visits Britain's largest marzipan manufacturer as well as a sprout farm. Ruth investigates how the UK's early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
1:00pm
Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale
The legend of the great white whale, said to be attacking whaling ships in the 19th century. Plus, the truth behind Herman Melville's epic ocean adventure novel
(Repeat)

2:00pm
Shackleton's Frozen Hell
The disastrous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton, and his crew's battle for survival are relived through witness accounts, archival footage and dramatic recreations
(Repeat)

3:00pm
Aerial America
Dallas-Fort Worth
Season 1 Episode 71/

A flight above the skyline of Texas, made famous by the TV series Dallas. This is the city where the West begins, where President Kennedy was assassinated and where oil wells created huge wealth
(Repeat)

Rating: 8
4:00pm
America's Hidden Stories
The General Was Female?
Season 1 Episode 6/8

New DNA tests reveal that Polish-born General Pulaski known as 'the father of American cavalry' and probably saved George Washington's life, was most likely intersex
(Repeat)

5:00pm
Aircrash Alaska
Stalled Over the Highway
Season 1 Episode 6/6

Flying is a way of life in Alaska, but its landscape and weather conditions mean there are always dangers. When a Cessna 150 went down in Big Lake, Millicent Hoidal of the National Transport Safety Board had to battle winter conditions and fire-damaged evidence to find out why
(Repeat)

6:00pm
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

7:00pm
Angkor: Land of the Gods
Empire Rising
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. The epic story of Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world and the largest religious building on Earth. Cambodia's jungles reveal a civilisation that ruled most of south-east Asia
(Repeat)

8:00pm
Angkor: Land of the Gods
Throne of Power
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. The rise of Jayavarman VII, king of the Khmer Empire, and the growth of architectural wonders in Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor Thom during his reign, including the Bayon temple
(Repeat)

9:00pm
Wonders of Burma
Shrines of Gold
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. A look at the country's myths and monuments that united kings and peasants and created a culture that still exists today, beginning with its shrines and temples
(Repeat)

10:00pm
Wonders of Burma
Myths and Magic
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. It began with one of the greatest religious reformations in Asia, and led to one of the most astonishing marvels made by humans - the glittering, golden pagodas and ancient buildings of Myanmar
(Repeat)

11:00pm
China's Forbidden City
The Centre of the World
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. The history of Beijing's Forbidden City, looking at how it was built, what happened there, and the reasons for its decline
(Repeat)

Rating: 7
12:00am
China's Forbidden City
The Reign of the Concubine
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Concluding the history of the ancient seat of imperial power with an examination of one of the seedier elements of life at court - the concubines - and how their presence contributed to its humiliating decline
(Repeat)

Rating: 7
1:00am
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

2:00am
Siege of Masada
Re-examining events from nearly 2,000 years ago in which 960 Jewish rebels allegedly killed themselves and their families rather than surrender to the Romans
(Repeat)

3:00am
Gallipoli
The largest sea-borne invasion of its time, Gallipoli was supposed to turn the tide of the First World War. Instead, it became the burial ground for thousands of British, Australian and Turkish troops
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.1
5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Stalled Over the Highway
Season 1 Episode 6/6

Flying is a way of life in Alaska, but its landscape and weather conditions mean there are always dangers. When a Cessna 150 went down in Big Lake, Millicent Hoidal of the National Transport Safety Board had to battle winter conditions and fire-damaged evidence to find out why
(Repeat)

Sun 22 Dec

6:00am
Aerial America
Dallas-Fort Worth
Season 1 Episode 71/

A flight above the skyline of Texas, made famous by the TV series Dallas. This is the city where the West begins, where President Kennedy was assassinated and where oil wells created huge wealth
(Repeat)

Rating: 8
7:00am
America's Hidden Stories
The General Was Female?
Season 1 Episode 6/8

New DNA tests reveal that Polish-born General Pulaski known as 'the father of American cavalry' and probably saved George Washington's life, was most likely intersex
(Repeat)

8:00am
Mystery of the Nazca Lines
An investigation of the huge geometric markings made by the Nazca people 2,000 years ago on the high plains of Peru. A lost civilisation's mysterious drawings in the sands are decoded with modern techniques, technology and photographs taken 70 years ago by German archaeologist, Maria Reiche
(Repeat)

9:00am
Wonders of Burma
Shrines of Gold
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. A look at the country's myths and monuments that united kings and peasants and created a culture that still exists today, beginning with its shrines and temples
(Repeat)

10:00am
Wonders of Burma
Myths and Magic
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. It began with one of the greatest religious reformations in Asia, and led to one of the most astonishing marvels made by humans - the glittering, golden pagodas and ancient buildings of Myanmar
(Repeat)

11:00am
China's Forbidden City
The Centre of the World
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. The history of Beijing's Forbidden City, looking at how it was built, what happened there, and the reasons for its decline
(Repeat)

Rating: 7
12:00pm
China's Forbidden City
The Reign of the Concubine
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Concluding the history of the ancient seat of imperial power with an examination of one of the seedier elements of life at court - the concubines - and how their presence contributed to its humiliating decline
(Repeat)

Rating: 7
1:00pm
Angkor: Land of the Gods
Empire Rising
Season 1 Episode 1/2

Part one of two. The epic story of Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world and the largest religious building on Earth. Cambodia's jungles reveal a civilisation that ruled most of south-east Asia
(Repeat)

2:00pm
Angkor: Land of the Gods
Throne of Power
Season 1 Episode 2/2

Part two of two. The rise of Jayavarman VII, king of the Khmer Empire, and the growth of architectural wonders in Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor Thom during his reign, including the Bayon temple
(Repeat)

3:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Christmas Cakes
Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the nation's favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be making two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer, while Cherry visits Britain's largest marzipan manufacturer as well as a sprout farm. Ruth investigates how the UK's early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
4:00pm
Gallipoli
The largest sea-borne invasion of its time, Gallipoli was supposed to turn the tide of the First World War. Instead, it became the burial ground for thousands of British, Australian and Turkish troops
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.1
6:00pm
Secret City of WWI
Documentary about the discovery of an underground city beneath a field in northern France, where First World War soldiers took refuge and etched their names and drawings on the walls. A historian and photographer attempts to connect the names to their living descendants
(Repeat)

7:00pm
Napoleon's Waterloo
Account of the French dictator's final battle as he faced the Duke of Wellington, who had been chosen to lead a coalition force against him. This was Bonaparte's attempt to re-establish himself as a man of destiny after the humiliation of being exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy four months earlier, but his eventual defeat came with a death toll of 50,000
(Repeat)

8:00pm
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
9:00pm
Britain in Colour
Empire
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Colourised film creates a vivid portrait of the British Empire from its peak in the early 20th century through uprisings, wars and inevitable decline. Including early colour home movies from the Raj
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
10:00pm
Inside the Factory
Inside the Christmas Factory: Christmas Cakes
Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the nation's favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at a factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be making two million Christmas cakes for Marks and Spencer, while Cherry visits Britain's largest marzipan manufacturer as well as a sprout farm. Ruth investigates how the UK's early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol
(Repeat)

Rating: 5.4
11:00pm
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
12:00am
Britain in Colour
Empire
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Colourised film creates a vivid portrait of the British Empire from its peak in the early 20th century through uprisings, wars and inevitable decline. Including early colour home movies from the Raj
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
1:00am
Hunt for the Double Eagle
Drama-documentary about the extraordinary story surrounding the world's most valuable coin. A tale of intrigue, theft and double-dealing, involving a London coin dealer, an Egyptian King and America's Secret Service
(Repeat)

Rating: 9
2:00am
America in Colour
Crimes of the Century
Season 3 Episode 5/

From Bonnie and Clyde to a Nazi spy ring, colourised film provides a vivid and shocking look at America's most notorious criminals, gruesome murders and courtroom dramas
(Repeat)

Rating: 7.5
3:00am
Britain in Colour
Empire
Season 1 Episode 2/3

Colourised film creates a vivid portrait of the British Empire from its peak in the early 20th century through uprisings, wars and inevitable decline. Including early colour home movies from the Raj
(Repeat)

Rating: 1
4:00am
Hunt for the Double Eagle
Drama-documentary about the extraordinary story surrounding the world's most valuable coin. A tale of intrigue, theft and double-dealing, involving a London coin dealer, an Egyptian King and America's Secret Service
(Repeat)

Rating: 9
5:00am
Aircrash Alaska
Plane Down in the Tundra
Season 1 Episode 4/6

Investigators are mystified when a plane heading for an early morning Alaskan fishing trip fails to arrive. The only survivor reveals there was a mysterious sound before impact
(Repeat)