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Season 4 2005 - 2006

  • 2005-11-08T05:00:00Z on Channel 5
  • 60 mins
  • 10 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.

10 episodes

4x01 Hannibal of the Alps

  • Season Premiere

    2005-11-08T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary about the story of Hannibal and his famous journey from North Africa with his elephants across the Alps to attack Rome in the third century BC. Utilises historical, scientific and archaeological sources and evidence.

4x02 Franklin's Lost Expedition

  • 2005-11-15T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

This documentary recounts a desperate tale of the doomed Franklin expedition and the equally desperate struggle to find out what went wrong. In 1845, Sir John Franklin, with two ships and 132 men, set out to find a route to Asia through the arctic – the fabled Northwest Passage. They never returned. Why the expedition failed became an enduring mystery. After 150 years, Franklin's records are still missing and the search for his ships and the graves of his men continues.

4x03 Boudicca's Treasures

  • 2005-11-22T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Looks at the story and history of Boudicca and the Iceni during the Roman occupation, and follows archaeological digs and finds in Norfolk associated with her and her tribe.

4x04 The Da Vinci Code Myth

  • 2005-11-29T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

An update of January 2005's Beyond the Da Vinci Code.

4x05 Secrets of the Dating Agency

  • 2005-12-06T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary looking at the rise of the dating agency in Britain since the 1930s. Considers the secrecy and shame attached to use of the early agencies, and how changing attitudes of society in the 1960s and 1970s led to greater openess and acceptance. Also looks at the very first computer dating agency. Includes interviews with those who used or ran the agencies, and archive footage.

4x06 The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code

  • 2006-05-10T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Over 20 years before The Da Vinci Code (2003) , Henry Lincoln shocked the world with the possibility that Christ had fathered a child. Always controversial, he now explains the origins of ‘The Code’ and reveals the results of his ongoing research. From France to the Baltic Sea, he reaches startling new conclusions about our ancestors.

4x07 The Umbrella Assassin

  • 2006-05-17T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary combining a present-tense investigation in a wintery Sofia with drama reconstructions shot on Super 16mm, and a fresh telling of the notorious ‘Umbrella Murder’ of Georgi Markov in 1978.

4x08 How England Won the World Cup

  • 2006-05-31T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary about the 1966 England World Cup squad and manager Alf Ramsey and how they reached the finals and won the cup. Follows the squad selections, tactics and games, using archive colour footage and interviewing surviving members of the squad.

4x09 When M&S Lost Its Billions

  • 2006-06-07T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary telling the inside story of how Marks & Spencers declined and decreased in popularity over four years from 1998. Considers some of the reasons and changes in top personnel and the attempts to turn the company round.

4x10 The Secret Life of Elizabeth I

  • 2006-06-14T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

A look at the famed love affair between Elizabeth 1 and Robert Dudley - and the shocking claim that she bore him a son.