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Season 1 2002

  • 2002-10-09T04:00:00Z on Channel 5
  • 60 mins
  • 8 hours, 0 mins
  • English
  • Documentary

Five's award-winning history documentary with new and baffling insights into what seem, on the surface, to be familiar stories. Volcanoes, umbrellas and virgin queens are scrutinised in this series of mind-boggling and thought-provoking documentaries.

9 episodes

1x01 Who Killed Tutankhamun?

  • Series Premiere

    2002-10-09T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary that attempts to solve the mystery surrounding Tutankhamun's death. Two leading US homicide detectives apply modern investigative techniques to try to find out who killed the boy-king. Uses reconstructions shot in Egypt, and 3-D computer animation.

1x02 The Brits Who Fought for Hitler

  • 2002-10-16T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary looking at the British soldiers who turned against the Allies during the Second World War to join a Waffen SS unit called the British Free Corps, brainchild of English Nazi John Amery.

1x03 The First Pompeii

  • 2002-10-23T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary which follows the excavation of a Bronze Age village that was destroyed by volcanic activity from Vesuvius - some 2,000 years before the famous eruption that froze Pompeii in time.

1x04 Dambusters

  • 2003-10-29T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary which tells the tale of Barnes Wallis' 'bouncing bomb' which destroyed to German dams during the Second World War. Uses reconstructions, interviews, archive footage, and a fresh assessment of the technology involved.

1x05 Was Hitler Gay?

  • 2002-11-05T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

German historian Lothar Machtan explores notions of Hitler's sexual identity. Combines archive footage, photographs and interviews with people such as Geoffrey Giles and Michelangelo Signorile.

1x06 The Hindenburg Mystery

  • 2002-11-19T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Investigates the Hindenburg's crash as if it had happened today, using modern scientific methods. Considers the evidence that has survived from the official enquiry of 1937, as well as evidence gathered from other sources not used in this enquiry including more than 300 eyewitness statements. Challenges both the official conclusion and theories that have been put forward since then.

1x07 The True Curse of the Mummy

  • 2003-01-03T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary which follows the attempts of scientists to learn more about the sarcophagus which is believed to have inspired Bram Stoker's 'The Jewel of the Seven Stars' in which an egyptologist unearths a powerful Egyptian queen whose mummified body returns to wreak deadly revenge on the living. Also identifies the 'curse' that killed Lord Caernarvon, co-discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun, as biological rather than magical.

1x08 Abba's Greatest Secret

  • 2003-03-27T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary that looks into the past of Abba's Frida Lyngstad, who was an illegitimate child of a Nazi officer stationed in Norway.

1x09 Castaway

  • no air date — 60 mins