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The Hospital of Bethlem [Bedlam] at Moorfields, London, c. 1771. Wellcome Collection

What links Colonel Despard, the Royal Bethlem Hospital and the inventor Humphry Davy?

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.

Holocaust

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

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.

Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. By Robert F. Sargent

In this episode we travel to the south coast of England where we witness the final preparations for D-Day, before joining the Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy.

Travels Through Time Pliny the Younger_Vesuvius

This episode takes us back to AD 79, where we join Pliny the Younger as he witnesses one of the ancient world's most shocking events: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

 Leticia Landon Travels Through Time

Letitia Landon – 'L.E.L.' – was one of the brightest stars of Georgian London's literary scene, but she remains an enigma whose life and death are open to interpretation. 

Travels Through Time Sultan Saladin

Travel to one of the bloodiest years of the crusading era. Saladin recaptures Jerusalem, winning fame and admiration in both the West and the Islamic world.

Travels Through Time Apollo 11

In this episode we travel back 50 years to 1969 and the Apollo 11 moon landing. Kassia St Clair discusses the intriguing story behind the space suits, quiet wonders of technology made using traditional techniques.

Travels Through Time.Andrew Roberts_Churchill

This episode takes us back to the tense and dramatic days of 8-10 May 1940. Chamberlain suffers humiliation in the House of Commons and Churchill becomes prime minister.