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Old December 10th, 2012, 04:56 PM   #1

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Seriously awesome list of full documentaries

I was going to post on another thread, but I think because of the number of documentaries I am going to post, this deserves it's own thread. Over the last few years I've watched documentaries like it's my job and I hope I can point other history lovers towards some great entertainment. I am going to post only full documentaries and documentary series. If you have any trouble figuring out the order of documentaries in a series, feel free to PM me. I will do my best to keep the documentaries categorized into ancient and modern time periods, but it could get messy. Lastly, the documentaries I post will all be in English and mostly US or UK. This is my seriously awesome list of seriously awesome full documentaries for history buffs to watch!


History channel 'the Dark Ages' single documentary:

PBS Empires: the Roman Empire 3 part series

PBS 'Empires': the Greeks 3 part series:

PBS 'Empires' the Japanese 3 part series:

PBS 'Empires' The Israelites series:

PBS 'Empires' Islam: Empire of Faith series:

PBS Islamic Spain doumentary 'Cities of Light':

BBC Hannibal docudrama:

BBC Roman trial with Cicero docudrama:

History Channel Birth of Rome single documentary:

History Channel Julius Caesar documentary:

History Channel the Colosseum documentary:

BBC a Gladiator's life docudrama:

History Channel 'Alexander' 2 hour documentary:

The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross 2 part documentary:

Byzantium the Lost Empire 4 part series:

History Channel: Rome the Rise and Fall of an Empire 13 part series
(this is different from the BBC docudrama series by the same or similar name):

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Franks:

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Saxons:

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Huns:

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Mongols:

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Vandals:

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Goths:

History Channel 'Barbarians' the Vikings:

Francis Pryor's Britain BC series:

Francis Pryor's Britain AD series:

Saladin and Richard the Lionheart documentary:

History Channel's the Roman Empire: the Ancient Superpower:

British War of the Roses documentary:

Discovery Channel the Black Death:

Neil Oliver 'The Vikings' series:

Neil Oliver 'History of Scotland' series:

Neil Oliver's Ancient Britain 4 part series:

History Channel Christianity in the Roman Empire:

Discovery channel's Rome: the Power and the Glory 2 part series:

National Geographic Spartacus documentary:

BBC's Story of Ireland 5 part documentary:

1066 Battle for Middle Earth historical movie:

BBC History of Wales 3 part series (the other two parts were on youtube I watched them but can't seem to find them at the moment):

Bettany Hughes 'the Spartans':

Bettany Hughes Atlantis:

Bettany Hughes 'The Minoans' documentary:

Bettany Hughes' 'Helen of Troy':

Bettny Hughes 'When the Moors Ruled Europe:

History Channel Hannibal documentary:

Professor Robert Bartlett's Inside the 'Medieval Mind' 4 part series:

Robert Bartlett's 'the Normans' 3 part series:

Richard Miles 'Ancient Worlds' 6 part documentary (I can only find one episode for this series still on youtube, it appears you must download it somewhere now. Excellent series, so worth mentioning.):

History Channel - the History of Russia 2 hour documentary:

Terry Jones 'The Crusades' 4 part series:

Thomas Asbridge 4 part documentary on the Crusades:

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Old December 10th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #2

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Modern Times:

Battle of the Somme by BBC:

World War 1 10 part series:

The Crimean War 3 part series:

BBC War of the Century: 4 part series about the Eastern Front WWII:

Apocalypse 6 part French series on the Second World War

British documentary on the Russian German War (Eastern Front WWII):

PBS the War of 1812:

History Channel D-Day documentary:

History Channel the French Revolution documentary:

BBC Frederick the Great documentary:

PBS? Documentary on Battle of the Bulge:

National Geographic The Rise of Hitler 2 part series:

Adolf Hitler in Color documentary:

History Channel the Mexican-American War:

History Channel's First Invasion: War of 1812 documentary:

The German Werhmacht part series:

PBS' 'The War that Made America' 2 part series on the French and Indian War

American Revolution 6 part documentary:

History Channel's 12 part series on the American Revolution:

'The True Story of Glory Continues' (black american soldiers of the Civil War):

History Channel's Reconstruction:The Second Civil War:

PBS 'Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War 2 hour documentary

History Channel History of Hawaii:

History Channel the Korean War:

History Channel 6 part Vietnam War documentary:

World War Two in Color 13 part documentary:

3 part series on the Fall of the British Empire:

The Franco Prussian War documentary:

The French Indochina War:

3 part series on Stalingrad (told by the survivors):

2 part Iwo Jima documentary:

The English civil War series:

The Battle of Waterloo documentary:

The Battle of Austerlitz documentary:

History of the French Foreign Legion documentary:

Australian documentary on the colonization of the continent:

Documentary detailing the Siege of Vienna:

BBC Stalin and the Man of Steel (Churchill and Stalin):

BBC 'Horror in the East' WWII British efforts in the Pacific:

BBC D-Day to Berlin docudrama:

BBC Dunkirk docudrama:

BBC 'Battlefields' 4 part docuemntary series on WWII British victories:

BBC Nuremburg:Nazis on Trial 3 part docudrama:

Napoleon 4 part PBS series:

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Thanks, Mike. Will be sure to check them out in the coming weeks.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #4

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Same here.

Excellent selection.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:48 AM   #5

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History Channel documentary covering ancient gods and goddesses:

BBC 'Delphi: Bellybutton of the Ancient World:

History Channel's 'Athen's: Ancient Supercity':

History Channel documentary on Sun Tzu's 'Art of War':

History Channel's 'Dynasties: The Franks':

History Channel's 'Dynasties: The Mongols'

Documentary detailing the Roman archaelogical finds from Vindolanda in England:

BBC 'Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town:

BBC Genghis Khan documentary:

Documentary on the Battle of Hastings:

History Channel's 'Last Stand of the 300' Spartans documentary:

Terry Jones' Barbarians: The Celts:

Terry Jones' Barbarians: The Goths:

Terry Jones' Barbarians: The End of the World:

Terry Jones' Barbarians: The Brainy Barbarians:

BBC 'How the Celts Saved Britain' 2 part documentary:

I, Caesar 6 part series on Roman Emperors (I can only find on youtube this episode on Caesar)

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Rome':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Egypt':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: China':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: the Byzantines':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: the Persians':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: the Greeks':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Carthage':

History Channel documentary on Hadrian's Wall:

History Channel Emperor Trajan's Conquest of Dacia:

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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #6

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Modern Times:

Documentary on the Massachussetts 54th regiment (US Civil War):

PBS documentary on President Andrew Jackson:

History Channel Gettysburg doscumentary:

The Battle of Antietam (US Civil War) single documentary:

Last Days of the Confederate States of America documentary:

history Channel's 'Lee and Grant' documentary on US Civil War commanders:

History Channel documentary on the Mughals:

History Channel's 'The Conquerors: Cortez':

History Channel's 'The Conquerors: Andrew Jackson':

History Channel's 'The Conquerors: William the Conqueror':

History Channel's 'The Conquerors: General Howe':

History Channel's 'The Conquerors: General Tecumseh Sherman':

The Battle of Long Tan (Australians in Vietnam):

World War One in Color 5 part series:

The Last Day of WWI:

The WWI Christmas Truce documentary:


Hitler's Children 5 part documentary on Germans becoming Nazis:

Hitler's holocaust 6 part series:

The Nazis a Warning from History series covering the rise and fall of Nazism:

Tony Robinson's 'Downunder' 6 part series on Australia:

The Battle of Verdun documentary:

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Napoleonic France':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Aztecs':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: The Renaissance':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Russia':

History Channel's 'Engineering an Empire: Imperial Britain':

History Channel's 'Mountain Men' documentary on American frontiersmen:

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Old December 11th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #7
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Excellent thread Mike, thank you. While I used to read a lot of books, I do love documentaries now in my older years (not too old). I guess you would call me "short attention span theater" material.
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Thank you Mike!

I wanted to add this to the list. This is amazing documentary as well as book.

If you ever wondered the origin of the English language, this is the series for you. I watched the series on History Channel and got the book after the second episode and kept up with the series each week.

Melvyn Bragg is a great narrator and author.

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Great documentary about Indigenous Australians and the complex and often bloody relations between them and the European invaders. (For the sake of your sanity, avoid the comments.)

Documentary about changing immigration to Australia. Haven't watched this one yet, but it got good reviews and sounds interesting.

1964 26 part documentary about the First World War. Have only watched the first episode, but apparently it contains a lot of interviews with eyewitnesses.

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Old December 15th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #10

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Modern Times:

Tony Robinson's 'Downunder' 6 part series about Australian history:

BBC 'The Boer War' documentary:

'Days That Shook The World: The War To End All Wars'

'Days That Shook The World: The Battle of Midway':

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