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Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time60 min. (approx.)
Original network BBC Two
Original release29 September 1982 (1982-09-29) 
15 November 2011 (2011-11-15)

Timewatch is a long-running British television series showing documentaries on historical subjects, spanning all human history. It was first broadcast on 29 September 1982 and is produced by the BBC.


The Timewatch brandname is used as a banner title in the UK, but many of the individual documentaries are unbranded with BBC continuity outside the domestic British market.


Viewer figures are taken from the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board Ltd. website for the day that the episode was first aired.


#EpisodeAir DatePresenter/NarratorViewers (Millions)
1"The Empire State Story"12 January 2001 Samuel West 3.03
2"Himmler, Hitler and the End of the Reich"19 January 20013.35
3"The King's Servant"26 January 2001 John Guy
4"Nero's Golden House"2 February 20012.63
5"Public Enemy Number One"9 February 20012.69
6"Hitler, Churchill and the Paratroopers"16 February 20013.44
7"The Last Surrender"11 May 20012.50
8"Debutantes"18 May 2001 Samuel West
9"Strangeways Revisited"25 May 2001
10"Scharnhorst"1 June 20013.45
11"Roman Soldiers to Be"8 June 2001 John Shrapnel
12"Bombing Germany"23 August 2001 John Michie 3.00


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"The Making of Adolf Hitler"4 January 2002 Bill Paterson 2.35
2"Mystery of the Iron Bridge"11 January 20022.90
3"Death of the Battleship"18 January 20022.82
4"Kill 'Em All: American War Crimes in Korea"1 February 2002
5"Jubilee Day"8 February 2002
6"Myths of the Titanic"19 April 2002 Bernard Hill 2.45
7"The Victorian Way of Death"4 May 2002 Dan Cruickshank
8"Battle for Berlin"10 May 2002 Bill Paterson 2.17
9"Stalin and the Betrayal of Leningrad"9 August 20022.17
10"The Myth of Custer's Last Stand"16 August 20022.12
11"Akhenaten and Nefertiti: The Royal Gods of Egypt"6 September 20022.62
12"Murder in Harvard"14 December 2002


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"White Slaves Pirate Gold" [1] 10 January 20032.71
2"Lost Cities of the Maya"17 January 2003 Hugh Quarshie
3"Rocket and Its Rivals"24 January 2003
4"Ramesses III: Behind the Myth"31 January 2003 Bill Paterson
5"1914: The War Revolution"7 February 2003 Bill Paterson
6"Chaplin and Hitler: The Tramp and the Dictator" (see The Great Dictator )28 February 2003 Kenneth Branagh
7"Concorde: A Love Affair"19 October 2003 Michael Praed 2.78
8"Zulu: The True Story" [2] [3] 24 October 2003 Michael Praed
9"The Greatest Storm"31 October 2003 Michael Praed 3.88
10"Mystery of the Missing Ace"14 November 2003 Michael Praed 3.24
11"Gallipoli: The First D-Day"28 November 2003 Michael Praed
12"Through Hell for Hitler"5 December 2003


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"Britain's X Files"9 January 2004 Michael Praed
2"The Lost Liner and the Empire's Gold"21 January 2004 Michael Praed
3"The Secrets of Enzo Ferrari"23 January 2004 Michael Praed
4"The Mysteries of the Medieval Ship"30 January 2004 Michael Praed
5"How Mad Was King George?"6 February 2004 Michael Praed
6"Who Killed Rasputin?"1 October 2004 Michael Praed
7"The Lost Heroes"8 October 2004 Michael Praed
8"The Mystery of the Black Death"15 October 2004 Michael Praed
9"The Black Pharaohs"22 October 2004 Michael Praed
10"The Secrets of the Mary Rose"29 October 2004 Michael Praed
11"Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle"5 November 2004 Michael Praed


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"Who Killed Ivan the Terrible?"29 January 2005 Michael Praed
2"Murder in Rome"4 March 2005 Michael Praed
3"Who Killed Stalin?"11 March 2005 Michael Praed
4"Princess Margaret: A Love Story"26 March 2005 Michael Praed
5"The Killer Wave of 1607"1 April 2005 Michael Praed
6"Britain's Lost Colosseum"20 May 2005 Michael Praed
7"The Year Without Summer"27 May 2005 Michael Praed
8"Emperor Hirohito"1 July 2005 Michael Praed
9"The Gunpowder Plot"4 November 2005Alice Hogge
10"Pol Pot: The Journey to the Killing Fields"11 November 2005 Michael Praed
11"Children of the Doomed Voyage"18 November 2005 Michael Praed
12"Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler"18 November 2005 Michael Praed


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"The Bog Bodies"20 January 2006 Michael Praed
2"Battle of the River Plate"27 January 2006 Michael Praed
3"The Floating Brothel"3 February 2006 Michael Praed
4"Unknown Soldiers"24 February 2006 Michael Praed
5"Missing in Action"3 March 2006 Michael Praed
6"The Secret History of Genghis Khan"10 March 2006 Michael Praed
7"The Crusaders' Lost Fort"14 April 2006 Michael Praed
8"The Mystery of the Headless Romans"21 April 2006 Michael Praed
9"Battle for Warsaw"28 April 2006 Michael Praed
10"The Iron Coffin"5 May 2006 Michael Praed
11"San Francisco's Great Quake"12 May 2006 Michael Praed
12"The Princess Spy"19 May 2006 Michael Praed


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"The Hunt for U-864"5 January 2007 Michael Praed
2"Beatlemania"12 January 2007 Michael Praed
3"Killer Cloud"19 January 2007 Michael Praed
4"Hadrian's Wall"26 January 2007 Julian Richards
5"Zeppelin: The First Blitz"2 February 2007 Michael Praed
6"The Last Duel"9 February 2007 Brian Cox
7"Remember the Galahad"2 April 2007 Michael Praed
8"Hijack"13 April 2007 Michael Praed
9"The Wave That Destroyed Atlantis"20 April 2007 Michael Praed
10"The Hidden Children"27 April 2007 Michael Praed
11"Gladiator Graveyard"11 May 2007 Michael Praed
12"The People's Coronation"18 May 2007 Michael Praed


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"Viking Voyage"5 January 2008 Michael Praed
2"Bloody Omaha"6 January 2008 Richard Hammond 2.61
3"In Search of the Wreckers"12 January 2008Bella Bathurst2.23
4"The Greatest Knight"19 January 2008 Saul David
5"The Pharaoh's Lost City"26 January 2008 Michael Praed 2.26
6"Ten Pound Poms"2 February 2008 Michael Praed 1.82
7"Stonehenge: The Healing Stones"27 September 2008 Tim Darvill and Geoffrey Wainwright 2.19
8"Britain's Forgotten Floods"4 October 2008 Vanessa Collingridge 1.68
9"The Boxer Rebellion"11 October 2008 Michael Praed
10"Young Victoria"18 October 2008 Kate Williams 2.22
11"Last Day of World War One"1 November 2008 Michael Palin 2.63


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"Queen Elizabeth's Lost Guns"21 February 2009 Saul David 2.20
2"QE2: The Final Voyage"28 February 2009 Michael Praed 2.03
3"The Real Bonnie and Clyde"7 March 2009 Michael Praed 2.06
4"Captain Cook: The Man Behind the Legend"14 March 2009 Vanessa Collingridge
5"WWI Aces Falling"21 March 2009 Michael Praed 1.90
6"Pyramid: The Last Secret"28 March 2009 Bob Brier 2.32
7"In Shackleton's Footsteps "4 April 2009 Michael Praed 1.75
8"The Prince and the Plotter"4 July 2009 Huw Edwards


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"Atlantis: The Evidence"2 June 2010 Bettany Hughes


#EpisodeAir DatePresenterViewers (Millions)
1"Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes"25 October 2011 Keeley Hawes
2"The Most Courageous Raid of WWII"1 November 2011 Paddy Ashdown
3"Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the German Dams"8 November 2011 James Holland
4"Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story"15 November 2011 Ben Macintyre

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