Top 5 history programmes that you can watch and listen to right now

From the secret life of Henry VIII to the events leading up the Normandy landings, we've rounded up five of the best historical TV and radio programmes available to tune into online right now

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Sex and the Swastika

First broadcast in 1999, this Channel 4 documentary reveals how a clandestine British government department used sexual smears against top Nazis. Working from a secret location in the English countryside, they created ‘Black’ propaganda and disseminated pornography to German troops and the German population, illustrating the sexual perversions of their leaders. At the time, says Channel 4, “Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels and many others indulged themselves whilst creating The Advisory Board for Population and Racial Policy to oversee the morals of the German population”. The documentary was broadcast a year after top-secret wartime papers – sex files on the Nazis – were released to the public.

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To watch this programme (only available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland), click here.

From Dunkirk to D-Day

D-Day veteran Charles Wheeler talks to historians about the events leading up the Normandy landings. Alongside other veterans, he recalls the strategic success that made the 1944 Allied invasion possible.

To listen to this Radio 4 programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

Hidden Henry

Think you know all there is about Henry VIII? Think again. In this documentary, academics present portraits of unknown, intimate and surprising aspects of the king’s character. Two of the five episodes are available on iPlayer: Henry the Scholar, and Henry the Father.

To listen to this Radio 4 programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

Good King George

He has often been dismissed as old-fashioned, narrow-minded and blimpish. But here, in this Radio 4 programme broadcast on the centenary of his accession in May 1910, historians and biographers re-evaluate the reign and credibility of King George V. In it, they explore how the king helped to secure stability through turbulent events such as the constitutional crisis over the Budget; Irish Home Rule and the General Strike, and acted as “a conscientious figurehead” in the First World War.

To listen to this programme (both inside and outside the UK), click here.

 

Private Lives of the Pharaohs

In this three-part Channel 4 series, leading experts apply new forensic techniques to investigate some of the greatest mysteries of Ancient Egypt. The first episode explores the family of the boy king, Tutankhamun – DNA samples taken from royal mummies and two foetuses found inside the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 help explain why the 18th dynasty came to a sudden end more than 1,500 years ago.

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To watch this programme (only available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland), click here.