Inside Secret SocietiesMedieval Murder MysteriesMedieval Dead IIForbidden History III

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The KKK, The Priory of Sion, The Order Of Assassins… the names might be familiar but who are they? What are they? What are their beliefs and aims?

This brand new series explores some of the most secretive and dangerous global underworld societies and their counter-culture dogmas.  It’s a murky, mysterious mixture of sectarian cults, fanatical religious groups, esoteric societies and political militants - all of them seeking to shape and influence the world we know today.

This a shadowy realm of clandestine meetings, power plays, initiations, violence, and intimidation; all held together by blood ties, oaths of allegiance and above all - secrecy.

  • Duration: 6 x One hour
  • Channel: Discovery AHC, Channel 5
  • Available: May 2016
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Medieval Murder Mysteries

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The medieval period gave us some of the greatest, most enduring stories in history. Even today, films are made and books are written about some of the famous and infamous characters and events from those days from the distant past. Some are of them were real – some fictional.

And the great thing is that the best of them usually had somebody doing dastardly deeds – normally a murder. The even greater thing is that most of these were surrounded in mystery.

That provides the perfect context for the Medieval Murder Mysteries series: good old fashioned whodunnits, or did-he-do-it and was-it-her stories wrapped around some of the most vibrant stories from the medieval world. Want magnificent castles, chivalrous knights, powerful kings and queens? You’ll have them. Also require dark deeds, illicit lovers, greedy nobles, mad cardinals? You’ll have them too. And must have genuine attempts to solve some of history’s most notorious crimes and murders?
Look no further. They’re all here.

  • Duration: 6 x One hour
  • Channel: Yesterday, VIASAT
  • Available: November 2015
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THE KNIGHT OF SAINT BEES
The incredible story of the Cumbrian Knight who was discovered in a lead shroud and with his body coated in beeswax, meaning that archaeologists have access to a body in near perfect state of preservation – even though he died in the year 1368.

We have acquired the extraordinary original autopsy film and photographs – the very first time they’ll have been seen on TV. It’s a genuine flesh and blood autopsy, the like of which hadn’t been seen before and hasn’t been seen since.

Tim and Malin tell the tale and bring the latest technology to be able to shed new light on the medieval equivalent of the ‘Ice men’ of Scandinavia.

AGINCOURT: BAND OF BROTHERS
A fascinating investigation into the tombs of the English knights who returned from Agincourt - many date to roughly the same period, immortalising Henry V and his ‘happy few’ in English alabaster for hundreds of years until the present day. It’s an intriguing record of how the survivors fed back into society and formed the strength of the Plantagenet period, capitalising on the mythic victory of Agincourt.

Many of the tombs carry the same regalia, and tantalising clues – they also carry the same sword and armour as Henry himself. This is a great piece of medieval detective work into the hidden archaeology and the symbolism of medieval power which is hidden within the churches and cathedrals of England. We also look into the face of a man who actually fought at Agincourt when his coffin in St. Albans is opened for the very first time.

BATTLE AT ALJUBORRATA
This 1385 battle in Portugal between the Portuguese - aided by English allies under the Duke Lancaster - and the Castilians aided by the French resulted in a crushing Portuguese victory under the burning August sun. Over the centuries bones from the battle have been recovered and placed in an ossuary. Finding the ossuary could be vital in interpreting the new evidence from a 14th century battle between professional armies in mainland Europe. Tim joins the excavations there to lend his expert help….and makes a couple of extraordinary discoveries.

THE SKELETON OF LEWES
When the remains of a medieval man were discovered near the town of Lewes in East Sussex, the town did what most do and called Tim and Malin in to investigate.
Surely the skeleton, with its extensive skull traumas, was that of a man killed at the battle of Lewes in the 12th Century – the battle during the Second Baron’s War that saw Simon de Monfort victorious and made him ‘the uncrowned King of England’?

But no – radiocarbon dating put the skeleton as belonging to a much earlier period – perhaps even the Norman age. The question then is simple: is this the first skeletal link to the battle of Hastings ever found?

The Medieval Dead team believe they have the answers.

THE WARRIOR OF JANNAKKALA
It is to Finland that we travel first - to a recently discovered burial site in which was found the well preserved skeleton of a medieval warrior.

The find fascinated Malin in particular and she uses the latest techniques and her many years of experience to study the bones of the warrior and uncover his story. But there is one great mystery that Tim is also determined to solve: why was Jannakkala Man buried with his medieval Long Sword AND a Viking Broad Sword that may well have been hundreds of years old at the time of its burial?

Tim is intrigued by the possible discovery of a previously unknown link between the Christian and Pagan eras….

THE FORTRESS OF MONTESEGUR
Amazing setting, amazing story – the story of the slaughter of hundreds of Cathars in the thirteenth century. In 1242, a military command of about 10,000 troops moved against the castle at Montsegur which was held by about 100 fighters and which was home to more than 200 pacifists.[1] The siege lasted nine months until in March 1244, the castle finally surrendered.

The aftermath was grim – some 220 Cathars were burned alive on a huge bonfire at the foot of the Castle for refusing to renounce their faith.

Tim and the team travel to France to search for archaeological clues to try to discover what really happened in those last terrifying days of the siege.

Forbidden History III

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FORBIDDEN HISTORY takes presenter Jamie Theakston to places far and wide as he searches for the answers to some of history’s greatest riddles – among them the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask and the real King Arthur . Along the way he encounters conspiracy theories, cover ups, strange phenomena, unexplained happenings and mysterious findings – in short, a whole host of unusual goings on that have had a massive bearing on how we view history today.

  • Duration: 6 x One hour
  • Channel: Yesterday, VIASAT
  • Available: January 2016
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