January 6, 1988 12:00 am
Three reports which examine the ways our historical record in films and in books and maps, is under threat from neglect, damage and mistreatment.
February 3, 1988 12:00 am
Two reports on the control and effect of mass communications in the past.
March 2, 1988 12:00 am
Report on the mystery surrounding the identity of a prisoner who died at the Bastille in Paris in November 1703. He had been imprisoned for 34 years and had be forced to wear a mask.
March 30, 1988 12:00 am
Report on events in Holland in 1944, when the Nazis cut off all food supplies in retaliation for Dutch support of the Arnhem landings.
June 1, 1988 12:00 am
Two films on the darker side of British history over the past 150 years. "The Diary of an English Spy", looks at the training of secret agents at a Spy School before WW1. "and One Law for the Poor", on the 1832 Anatomy Act which denied the poor the freedom to bury their dead, and supplied medical schools with human bodies for study.
July 27, 1988 12:00 am
Report on recent radiocarbon dating tests on the Turin Shroud, believed by millions to be the burial cloth of Jesus. Programme follows the preparation of the Shroud, and film of the tests carried out in Zurich.
September 7, 1988 12:00 am
Report on the legend of Jack the Ripper, revealing for the first time the true contents of the police and Home Office files on the case, and drawing on the expertise of historians and of those who have encountered today's killers.
October 5, 1988 12:00 am
Dramatised documentary about Annie Besant, the 19th century social reformer and campaigner for the use of contraception, who led the matchgirls strike from the Bryant and May factory.
November 9, 1988 12:00 am
Story of the Glorious Revolution of 5th November 1688, when William of Orange landed at Brixham to take the English crown.
December 7, 1988 12:00 am
Report on the case of Nikolai Bukharin, Lenin's advisor and editor of Pravda and Izvestia in the 1920s and 1930s. Bukharin was executed in 1938 after the last of Stalin's show trials. Gorbachev has openly denounced this action, and Bukharin's widow Anna has been allowed to talk about her husband for the first time in 50 years.