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Did Nikola Tesla's scientific notes wind up in secret government labs after his death? Did the Nazis create a covert UFO program to win World War II? Host Jamie Theakston seeks to answer these questions and more on Forbidden History, a documentary program that delves into the unknown facts of historical events. Using modern investigative techniques, Forbidden History explores ancient and current mysteries and asks probing questions about the accepted historical truth.

Did the Knights Templars actually find the Holy Grail?

Join Forbidden History and discover why the truth may just be stranger and deeper than you think.

Wednesdays 9:00 PM et/pt on YESTERDAY
1 Season, 26 Episodes
September 27, 2013
Documentary & Biography, History, Military & War
6.2/10
Cast: Jamie Theakston, Andrew Gough, Lionel Fanthorpe, Dallas Harley Jones
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Forbidden History Full Episode Guide

  • The once all-powerful Mussolini, friend of Hitler, ended his days hanging upside down like a grotesque animal carcass in Milan's Piazzale Loreto. Due to conflicting accounts, false claims and dodgy eye-witness reports mystery still surrounds his death.

  • Mary Magdalene is a key figure in Christianity. She traveled with Jesus and is said to have witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times. But who really was this vital part of the Christian story?

  • Templar fact and fiction have become blurred by their depictions in book and on film. However, we present a very different picture that challenges head on the orthodox beliefs about an order that angered much of Europe - particularly France.

  • The extraordinary story of the Bulgarian secret department called Service 7, a force that operated in 9 countries.

  • The Vatican Archives hold the personal documents of past Popes, important pieces such as Galileo's trial transcript and King Henry VIII's annulment request. But what else is hidden in the Vatican Library a place that is out of bounds even to Cardinals?

  • We reveal the remarkable story of Johann Reichhart, the man who went from German state executioner before World War II to head up a merciless Nazi killing machine which murdered thousands. In a twist of fate, Reichhart ended up working for the Allies.

  • Examining the mysterious group known as "The Illuminati." Are they really some secret world government operating in the shadows; or is the whole thing simply one huge conspiracy theory?

  • Nostradamus, Nicolas Flamel, John Dee; who were these alchemists who had such a profound effect on the world? Were they clever decievers, or could they really perform miracles? And how did they do it?

  • Who were the Oracles - the young women of the underworld who were consulted by ancient Greek society and whose visions helped shape the course of history? What is the truth behind their extraordinary trances and apparent psychic powers?

  • Why do so many of our ancient cultures refer to giants? Are they simply myth and legend or did they once walk the earth? And are there tombs and skeletons of these giants now being discovered in Sardinia?

  • Was Jesus really a flesh-and-blood rabbi? Did he marry and have children? And was his wife somehow smuggled out of Jerusalem by boat to southern France? It's one of the great mysterious questions of our time - but is it true?

  • The Man in the Iron Mask is a tale of the most famous prisoner in French history, a man who was condemned to wearing a mask made of cast iron whilst he was kept in captivity. But who was he? Is there any truth in the world famous story by Alexandre Dumas? And what would it have been like to live a life behind a mask of iron? We travel to France to unlock the secrets of the prison that kept him there and to uncover the mystery of the man behind the mask.

  • Nikola Tesla was one of the most enigmatic, but least known, scientists of the last century. He was an early pioneer of both electricity and radio, and creatored one of the first electrical motors. How did he die in poverty and under suspicion by the FBI?

  • An Ethiopian church claims to have the Ark of the Covenant.

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