History on film

History on film

(Posted on 31/03/20)

History is fascinating. The history of the world contains so many different storylines that no television series could ever match up to.

There are thousands of books and documentaries that you can watch that will not only keep you entertained and help you unwind during the lock-in, but also help towards your studies.

Have a look at this (by no means complete) list of documentaries, films, and series related to our studies at CIS:


GCSE History

World War II in Colour

Great British Castles – Episode 1, Edinburgh Castle, and Episode 4, Lancaster Castle

Darkest Hour

Nazi Concentration Camps


Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Decision

Hitler’s Circle of Evil

Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads

Reign (fictional but based on true events)

Armada: 12 Days to Save England

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents

Lost Home Movies of Nazi Germany

Royal History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley – Episode 2, The Spanish Armada

Witch Hunt

Fact or Fiction – Episode, Robin Hood

Auschwitz Untold: In Colour

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

Mary Queen of Scots

Elizabeth The Golden Age

The Pendle Witch Child

The Great American West



IB History


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Who Killed Malcolm X?

12 Years a Slave

England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey

Royal History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley – Episode 1, The Reformation

Six Wives of Henry VIII

Men of Iron

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

Witches: A Century of Murder

Salem Witch Hunt

Great Commanders and Battles of the Civil War

Gettysburg - An American Story


Please be mindful of age ratings when choosing to watch some of the films above.

Key –

Red: Netflix

Blue: BBC

Orange: 4OD

Green: My5

Purple: Amazon Prime