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Fresh perspective? Making the BBC Three drama Our World War. BBC Photo Library

Four historians consider how their discipline can best reach a mass audience. 

In a diverse field, expertise should remain at the heart of history on television.

The challenges of writing history for television are formidable. But if historians don’t get involved, they will cede ground to those less qualified, warns Suzannah Lipscomb.

Grace Wyndham Goldie, c.1955

What role was the BBC to play if the cold war became hot? For the first time, the corporation has given detailed access to its plans for a Wartime Broadcasting Service following a nuclear attack. Paul Reynolds reveals its secrets.

Unveiling a  masterpiece: the opening night of Citizen Kane, New York City, 1941.

One of the greatest films of all time made its debut on May 1st, 1941.

Chaplin's celebrated film first appeared on 15 October 1940. 

Singer Tom Jones rides a crane at BBC Television Centre, 1971.

With the BBC Charter renewal in the news, Taylor Downing recommends studies of the institution’s past, present and future.

Following the media rush to commemorate the First World War, Stephen Badsey is disappointed that television has so far failed to embrace the latest historical research on the conflict.

Alfred Hitchcock, c.1930s

After 70 years, a visual record of the liberation of Belsen has been restored.

A scene from Ill Met by Moonlight, the 1957 film based on W. Stanley Moss's account of the Kriepe abduction.

Second-hand books don’t just tell the stories of their authors but of their former owners, too.