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Portrait of Thomas Cromwell (detail), by Jacob Houbraken after Hans Holbein (II), 1737-39. Rijksmuseum.

A plot, a rebellion and a triumph from the life of Thomas Cromwell.

The Course of Empire: Destruction by Thomas Cole

Empires have been part of human history for millennia. Are they, of necessity, a bad thing?


This episode examines the Nazi genocide through human interactions with three crime scenes.

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Matthew Sweet

‘What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? It’s not about you.’

Claire Breay with Paul Lay

All the winners from this year's awards ceremony.

The Death of Caesar, by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867 © akg-images

A vivid portrait of one of history’s most momentous conspiracies.

Reception for Commodore Perry by Japanese Noblemen, c. 1885

This episode takes us back to 1853 and the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry’s fleet of ships into Edo Bay.

The Origin of the Milky Way,  by Jacopo Tintoretto, 1577-79 © akg-images

A deceived god has a creative outburst.

Niall Ferguson.

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Losing the Second Cold War to China.’