Fact or Fiction

Jonathan Frakes hosted this anthology of 5 tales in one hour. The idea was to see if you could tell if the story was a true incident or a writer's imagination. The stories were horror tales about ghosts and other supernatural characters. This series pointed out that factual stories can be so outrageous, they can be mistaken for fiction. In the beginning of the second season, "The Plane" was about a young pilot who, in boyhood, lost his father in a plane crash. Years later, an empty plane took off and crashed, leaving the father's flight emblem in the cockpit.

Channel 4
2 Seasons, 9 Episodes
June 21, 2011
Cast: Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine
Fact or Fiction

Fact or Fiction Full Episode Guide

  • Tony Robinson uncovers the truth about Rome's most infamous emperor. Nero was just 16 when he assumed power, and was treated like a rock star: a glamorous, young figure cutting a dash.

  • Was the Roman emperor Caligula a power-mad tyrant, or a complex autocrat threatened by all parts of the Empire?

  • Tony Robinson concludes his chronicle of the history of Julius Caesar. The programme explores how Caesar forced sweeping changes through the Senate - from reducing unemployment to inventing July.

  • Julius Caesar is one of the monumental figures of history. He forged the role of Emperor and was worshipped as a brilliant general and reformer, but he was killed by the people who knew him best.

  • Tony Robinson sifts the facts from the fiction about one of Britain's most maligned monarchs, Richard III. Did he really murder his two young nephews before usurping the throne?

  • There are few legends more famous than that of Robin Hood, the dispossessed nobleman hiding out in Sherwood Forest at the time of Richard the Lionheart.

  • Tony Robinson reveals the real story behind the last great Anglo Saxon king. Far from being just the loser at the Battle of Hastings, Harold was a charismatic leader who, but for a cruel…

  • Tony Robinson goes on the trail of William Wallace, the Scottish warrior whose story was told in the film Braveheart. But tracking down the man behind the myth proves difficult, as Tony is…

  • Tony Robinson continues his quest to uncover the real lives and histories behind some of our greatest legendary heroes. Famous for her long red hair, her chariot with blades on its wheels…

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