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Crusoe - adventure / drama / history
Based on the classic Daniel Defoe novel, Crusoe tells the story of young Robinson Crusoe as he leaves the love of his life to set out on an adventure. When the trip takes a turn for the worst, Crusoe ends up shipwrecked on a tropical island, detached from the only life he's known. Stranded, his friendship with Friday and memories of his wife keep him sane as he battles enemies, braves the elements, and learns how to survive on the island for over 28 years.
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Walking with Dinosaurs - documentary / animation / history
Using the latest technology the amazing lost world of the Cretaceous, Triassic and Jurassic periods of Earth's history, when the dinosaurs reigned supreme, is brought stunningly back to life. The series provides insights into how these mammoth creatures appeared, how they survived for millions of years and probes the mysteries of their sudden disappearance leaving only a fossil record to show they had ever existed!
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The Curse of Oak Island - action / adventure / documentary / history / mystery
In the North Atlantic is a mysterious, and possibly booby-trapped island that has fired the imagination of treasure hunters for more than 200 years. Oak Island could be hiding one of the greatest treasures in history, but no one has ever been able to crack the code of how to get at it. Fortunes have been spent and lives have been lost. A prophecy says that seven people will die before the treasure is found, and six have died in various accidents already. In the new series THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, two brothers from Michigan will take new technology and old-fashioned knowhow and attempt to discover what's buried there once and for all.
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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - adventure / comedy / documentary / drama / history
Anthony Bourdain's new show gives us a glimpse into the history and culture of countries relatively closed off to the world.
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Pawn Stars - reality / comedy / documentary / history
Chronicles the daily activities at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business.
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Secrets of the Dead - documentary / history / mystery / war
The show generally follows an investigator or team of investigators exploring
what modern science can tell us about some of the great mysteries of history.
Most programs incorporate primary source material, first hand accounts, dramatic reenactments,
and computer-generated imagery (CGI) to tell the story.
PBS desription: "Scientists seek to uncover celebrated mysteries of the past in this occasional British series."

Episode topics have included the Titanic, D-Day, the Shroud of Turin, the Salem Witch Trials,
Blackbeard's lost ship, and the first English translations of the Bible.
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Strike Back - action / drama / history
aka: Chris Ryan's Strike Back
The series follows the actions of John Porter (Richard Armitage), a former SAS Sergeant, and Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln), a Section 20 officer in the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Both of them took part in a botched operation on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq where two soldiers in their unit were killed.
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Victoria - biography / drama / history
The early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
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Masada - action / drama / history
Masada: Flavius Silva, commander in Roman Palestine, wants to reach a reasonable compromise with the Jewish Zealots and withdraw his legion. Events and personalities in Rome, however, lead to his besieging the fortress of Masada. There the engineering genius of the Romans must fight both the harsh climate and landscape, and the passion and ingenuity of Eleazar Ben Yair and his people.
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The Nazis A Warning from History - documentary / history / war
The Nazis A Warning from History: An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.
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The Blue and the Gray - drama / history / war
The Blue and the Gray: America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.
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The Last Days of Pompeii - action / drama / history / romance
The Last Days of Pompeii: This costume series portrays aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of the Vesuvian volcano, which wipes it from the face of the earth. The main characters include Diomed, a common upstart merchant whose self-made riches from trade allow him to consider running for political office against sitting city magistrate Quintus and an impoverished aristocratic marriage for his daughter Temple; the cultivated Greek Glaucus; the gladiator Lydon; the noble-born Antonius and his sister Ione, the evil Isis-priest Arbaces who is after (their) money and power; the persecution-fearing Christian slaves Petrus, his true love Chloe and their secret leader Olinthus.
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Not for Ourselves Alone The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B Anthony - biography / documentary / history
Not for Ourselves Alone The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B Anthony:

Initial Capxperience the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony—at home or in the classroom. Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today.
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Thomas Jefferson - history
Thomas Jefferson: A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.
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Against the Wind - drama / history
Against the Wind: Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to Australia, and years of anxiety as a convict. Mary, her friends and her family fight out their battle against a lively historical backdrop - Irelands 1798 Rebellion. Australia's Castle Hill Rebellion of 1804 and the 1808 Rum Rebellion.
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Aristocrats - drama / history
Aristocrats: Ask anyone around the world what the BBC does best and most of them will answer unequivocally the costume drama and here they pull out all the stops with a sumptuous and lavish adaptation of Stella Tillyard's the aristocrats. A true story, the drama, which screened in 1999, is set amongst the the most well to do families of the 18th century England and in particular the five Lennox sisters (who just happen to be the great great grand-daughters of Charles II) who blaze a trail across the era in a search for both love and happiness
 5634h 0r
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Covington Cross - adventure / history
Covington Cross: Covington Cross was a short-lived American TV show that premiered on ABC on August 25, 1992
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America The Story of the US - documentary / history
America The Story of the US: A miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress -- from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad to triumphing over vertical space through the construction of steel-structured buildings. The series also is a story of conflict, with Native American peoples, slavery, the Revolutionary War that birthed the nation, the Civil War that divided it, and the great world war that shaped its future.
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Kids on the Slope - drama / history / japanese / romance
Kids on the Slope: The beginning of summer, 1966.

Because of his father's job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a "friend". He also discovers how much fun it is to play music with a pal.

Other characters include Sentaro's kind childhood chum, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers. Set against the backdrop of a seaside town with a scent of American culture, this series is a drama about young people coming into their own, crossing each other's paths, and finding friendship, love, and mu
 5702h 0r
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Folktales from Japan - history / japanese
Folktales from Japan: Folklore, myth, legend, and festival origin stories from across Japan.
 8954h 0r
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Homefront - drama / history / romance / war
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Paper Giants The Birth of Cleo - biography / drama / history
Paper Giants The Birth of Cleo: The Whitlam era as seen through the eyes of Cleo magazine and its young editor, Ita Buttrose.
 3948h 0r
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The British - documentary / history
The British: Combining gripping drama, spectacular CGI and compelling commentary, The British is an ambitious and unmissable new series which tells the history of Britain and Ireland from the Roman invasion to the birth of TV and the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.
 4153h 0r
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Titanic Blood and Steel - drama / history
Titanic Blood and Steel: Details how the luxury liner was built in Belfast by the White Star Lines over 15 years from 1897, and at a cost of 105 lives.
 4960h 0r
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Illuminations: Private Livs Of Medieval Kings - history
Through this three part series Art Historian Dr Janina Ramirez tells the story of the Medieval monarchy...
 3308h 0r
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Killer Trials: Judgment Day - crime / documentary / history
This true-crime series examines some of the world's most horrifying and sensational cases to be brought to trial...
 4217h 0r
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Modern Marvels - documentary / history
Modern Marvels: Over 300 episodes of Modern Marvels have been produced. Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels...
 21420h 0r
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National Geographic Nazi Secrets - documentary / history / war
National Geographic Nazi Secrets: Learn some surprising facts about this infamous political party’s hidden past in Nazi Secrets. Their horrifying crimes left an indelible stain on European history, but there are still many questions around about the Nazi party. From SS terror-chief Heinrich Himmler’s secret obsession with witches, to the schizophrenic cousin Hitler gassed to death, this series reveals the sensational secrets that could revolutionise your understanding of Hitler’s regime. This is the story told by those closest to the Fuhrer and his henchmen, who have finally dared to speak on camera.
 4602h 0r
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World Without End - drama / history / romance / thriller
World Without End: The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.
 6437h 0r
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Engineering an Empire - documentary / history
Engineering an Empire: History Channel documentary profiling some of the World's greatest engineering achievements, which in turn, aided the construction of society as we know it. Hosted by Peter Wallace
 3727h 0r
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Drunk History - comedy / history
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BBC The Story of Ireland - documentary / history
BBC The Story of Ireland: The Story of Ireland follows Fergal Keane as he learns more about Ireland's cultural, economic and social history. He also finds finds out more about the country's role on the international stage.
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Mail Call - documentary / comedy / history / war
Mail Call: Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey takes viewers' questions concerning military hardware and technology, then consults with experts to answer them. Topics covered to date include gas masks, Gatling guns, night vision equipment, and samurai swords.
 9803h 0r
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Deep South Paranormal - documentary / history
Deep South Paranormal: Deep South that is – and in Syfy’s all-new original series Deep South Paranormal, it takes a colorful team of local pros to investigate these restless southern souls. Deep South Paranormal Research is a bayou-based team on a mission. Steeped in the rich history of their homeland, they want to unlock the mysteries that have baffled Southerners for years. They are a homegrown blend of Cajun, Creole and self-proclaimed rednecks who share a passion for this part of the country and the paranormal events that take place there. They take on anything from swamp apparitions to haunted plantation houses and Southern voodoo legends.
 4546h 0r
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Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook - biography / crime / history
Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook: Fred Dinenage investigates some of the most infamous murders from the past 125 years including Jack the Ripper and The Moors Murders.
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