Episodes

Heligoland - Jan Rüger  
On 18 April 1947, British forces set off the largest non-nuclear explosion in history. The target was a small island in the North Sea, thirty miles off the German coast, which for generations had stood as a symbol of Anglo-German conflict: Heligoland.

Jan Rüger is Professor of History at Birkbeck University of London. His new book, Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea, Britain and Germany, is a microhistory of the Anglo-German relationship as it unfolded from the Napoleonic Wars to the Cold War. It takes the North Sea island of Heligoland as a prism through which to view rivalry, conflict and, eventually, reconciliation between the two nations.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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The Truth About Easter - Francesca Stavrakopoulou  

Francesca Stavrakopoulou @ProfFrancesca is Professor of Hebrew Bible & Ancient Religion at Exeter University. Her research is primarily focused on ancient Israelite and Judahite religions, and portrayals of the religious past in the Hebrew Bible. She is interested in biblical traditions and religious practices most at odds with Western cultural preferences.


Producer: Dan Morelle

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28 Years on Death Row - Anthony Ray Hinton  
Anthony Ray Hinton is an Alabama was held on death row after being convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers, John Davidson and Thomas Wayne Vasona, in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25 and July 2, 1985. He was released in 2015 after winning a new trial.

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The Battle of Vimy Ridge - Paul Reed  
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a military engagement fought primarily as part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War.

Paul Reed is a Military Historian, battlefield photographer, and author. He's often on television talking about World War I and World War II.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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An American on the Western Front - Patrick Gregory  
Patrick wrote and edited An American on the Western Front together with Elizabeth Nurser, who is Arthur Clifford Kimber’s niece. As programme producer for the BBC, he covered world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and realigning of eastern Europe, the First Gulf War and the Balkans War. He then focused on UK politics as a news editor at Westminster, working his way up to becoming Managing Editor of the BBC’s Political Programmes department. He also produced a number of politics and history documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

An American on the Western Front: The First World War Letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber, 1917-18 is out now.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Why Gibraltar Matters - Ben Wilson  
Ben Wilson @BenHeydayWilson is a Historian. He is author of Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy (2013) and Heyday (2016).

Producer: Dan Morelle

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America's Entry into the First World War - Michael Neiberg  

Michael Neiberg @MichaelNeiberg is an Historian of the transnational effects of war. Michael is the author of The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America

Chinese Philosophy - Michael Puett  
Michael Puett is Professor of Chinese History at Harvard and has lectured widely at the world's leading universities. His course in Chinese philosophy is among the most popular at Harvard and in 2013 he was awarded a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything is out now.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Islam and the Tudors - Jerry Brotton  
Jerry Brotton is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and director of the college's MA in Renaissance Studies. This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World is out now.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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The Real Great Escape - Commander Steve Foster  
Commander Steve Foster relates the extraordinary story of one of the most audacious escape attempts of the Second World War.

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The Lost City of Z - David Grann  
David Grann @davidgrann is an American journalist, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and a best-selling author. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was published in 2009.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving - Julia Samuel  

Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist and paediatric counsellor. Her new book,

History Hit Live - Part 2 of 2  
This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney.

Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History.

Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London

Producer: Dan Morelle

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History Hit Live - Part 1 of 2  
This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney.

Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History.

Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Captain David Render - Tank Commander  
Recorded in March 2016. We're very sad to hear that this National Treasure passed away yesterday. Meeting him was a true highlight.

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Women in the Navy - Victoria Ingle  
Victoria Ingles is the ‎Senior Heritage Officer at National Museum of the Royal Navy and Curator for the new exhibition, 'Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy'.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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The Knight's Cross - Wehrmacht Veterans of WW2  
The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), or simply the Knight's Cross (Ritterkreuz), and its variants were the highest awards in the military and paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany during World War II.

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme battlefield bravery. Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe), as well as the Waffen-SS, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia), along with personnel from other Axis powers.

The award was instituted on 1 September 1939, at the onset of the German invasion of Poland. A higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, was instituted in 1940. In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves were instituted: the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds). At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, was created.

Over 7,000 awards were made since its first presentation on 30 September 1939. Analysis of the German Federal Archives revealed evidence for 7,161 officially bestowed recipients. The German Federal Archives substantiate 863 awards of the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, along with the 147 Swords and 27 Diamonds awards. The Golden Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross was verifiably awarded only once, to Hans-Ulrich Rudel on 29 December 1944.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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1066  

New three-part drama documentary series begins on Tuesday, 9pm on BBC Two. Watch on iPlayer: http://historyhit.com/1066

Part 1: Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to war and the Battle of Hastings. When King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, it triggers a bitter race to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold is on the spot and takes the crown. But in Normandy, Duke William believes the throne has been promised to him and decides to invade. Meanwhile, in Norway, the Viking king Harold Hardrada also fancies himself as King of England, and he too puts together an invasion force. Very soon, England will be under attack.

Anna Whitelock - The Stuarts  
Professor Anna Whitelock @AnnaWhitelock is a Historian, author. broadcaster, royal commentator and Reader in History. Director of Centre for Public History, RHUL.

Anna's latest book is entitled Elizabeth's Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen's Court

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Ulster Division WW1 Trench - Teddy Corrigan  
Teddy Corrigan is the custodian of the Ulster Tower in Thiepval, with his wife, Phoebe. He works in remembrance of the soldiers who died in the Great War.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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