Top 10 history programmes that you can watch and listen to right now

From Tudor drama to eyewitness wartime interviews, we've rounded up 10 of the best historical TV and radio programmes available to tune into online now:

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The Great War Interviews (BBC)

Tank commanders, fighter pilots and civilians recall their First World War experiences, in this 13-episode series filmed in the early 1960s.

To watch this programme (only available in the UK), click here.

 

Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4)

Using unseen footage of the dig and tests, and interviews with the lead scientists, this 2013 programme for Channel 4 charts the hunt for England's long-lost king.

To watch this programme (only available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland), click here.

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Coming Home (Radio 4)

From the last days of hostilities in Germany to post-war idealism and reality, Charles Wheeler presents personal interpretations of what the end of the Second World War meant to people in Britain and across the world.

To listen to this radio programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

Mel’s Iron Age Holiday (Radio 4)

Mel Giedroyc takes a British family back 2,000 years to live in a Danish Iron Age village at Sagnlandet Lejre, in this Radio 4 programme first broadcast in 2011. Days are occupied by gathering and preparing food as close to authentic Iron Age food as possible; fetching water, forging iron and chopping wood.

To listen to this programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

Six Wives of Henry VIII (Channel 4)

Through dramatic reconstructions, Tudor historian Dr David Starkey profiles the six women who married Henry VIII, in this series for Channel 4.

To watch this programme (only available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland), click here.

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4,000-Year-Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog (BBC Four)

An international team of experts investigates a 4000-year-old body found preserved in an Irish peat bog in Cashel, in Ireland's midlands. Note: this programme will remain on BBC iPlayer until Monday 19 May 2014.

To watch this programme (only available in the UK), click here.

 

The Thistle and the Rose (Radio 4)

Using original letters between James VI of Scotland and Elizabeth I of England, and the testimony of historians who have studied them in intimate detail, this Radio 4 programme delves into the human side of the bringing about of Britain – the interplay between Elizabeth, the Tudor elder stateswoman, and the surrogate son and successor who would inherit her throne.

To listen to this programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

Churchill’s Roar (Radio 4)

Melvyn Bragg analyses the remarkable language, voice and vocal acrobatics displayed throughout his life by Sir Winston Churchill, particularly during the Second World War.

To listen to this programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

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Elizabeth I (Channel 4)

Helen Mirren portrays ‘the Virgin Queen’ in her later years, in this two-part drama by Nigel Williams. The first episode focuses on Elizabeth's relationship with the Earl of Leicester, while the second sees her as heroine and saviour of her country after England's glorious defeat of the Spanish Armada, and turning her attention to the Earl of Essex.

To watch this programme (only available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland), click here.

 

A History of the World In 100 Objects (Radio 4)

From early Victorian tea sets to a credit card that is compliant with Islamic Sharia law; from religious statues to an Anglo-Saxon helmet, this Radio 4 programme uses objects to tell a history of the world.

To listen to this programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

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