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  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 8.8  (37)

Secret Life of... is a British television show that explores the hidden history of everyday objects and activities. The show premiered in 2012 and featured historian Suzannah Lipscomb and comedian Guy O'Sullivan as presenters. Each episode of the show focused on a particular theme or topic, such as the secret life of bridges or the secret life of shoes. The presenters would investigate the history of the subject, looking at how it has evolved over time and the hidden stories and secrets that surround it.

One of the key strengths of Secret Life of... is its ability to turn seemingly mundane topics into fascinating and engaging stories. For example, the episode on shoes looks at how the history of footwear reveals much about the class system in ancient Rome and how the shoe industry has been shaped by world events such as World War II.

The format of the show typically involves Lipscomb and O'Sullivan visiting locations and experts who can shed light on the topic at hand. For example, they may visit a museum to see historical artifacts, speak to an expert in the field, or even try out a particular activity themselves.

One of the standout aspects of the show is the chemistry between Lipscomb and O'Sullivan. Lipscomb provides the historical and academic knowledge, while O'Sullivan injects humor and wit into the proceedings. Their banter and interactions on screen make for an entertaining viewing experience.

Another strength of the show is its willingness to tackle complex or controversial topics. For example, the episode on prostitution explores the history and cultural attitudes towards sex work, and raises questions about how society should approach the issue.

Overall, Secret Life of... is a well-crafted and informative show that provides a unique perspective on everyday objects and activities. The combination of historical research, expert insights, and humor make for a compelling viewing experience. If you enjoy learning about the hidden stories and secrets of the world around us, then this show is definitely worth checking out.

Secret Life of... is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2012.

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Louis XIV
14. Louis XIV
January 1, 2012
The big hair, lacy cuffs, the platform shoes - Yes, Louis XIV was over the top, and nobody outshone The Sun King. He may have been pint-sized, but Louis had a huge appetite for sex, food, and bling. Welcome to the Secret Life of Louis XIV.
Catherine the Great
13. Catherine the Great
January 1, 2012
She is famous for having sex with her horse. Now, that may be pure legend, but Catherine the Great did have an outsized libido. She was also smart, ambitious, and a masterful politician. Welcome to the Secret Life of Catherine the Great.
Mata Hari
12. Mata Hari
January 1, 2012
Her name is synonymous with intrigue and seduction. She is considered the ultimate femme fatale, and a superstar of the Belle Epoque. However, who was the real Mata Hari, and how did she evolve? Welcome to the Secret Life of Mata
Marquis de Sade
11. Marquis de Sade
January 1, 2012
We can thank Marquis for the word 'sadist.' Explore the two faces of Marquis, a man who spent most of his life in prison. We visit his Paris haunts, and reveal some his favorite sexual toys. Welcome to the Secret Life of Marquis de Sade.
10. Casanova
January 1, 2012
The name Casanova is synonymous with seduction. He was a lothario, a chick magnet of the highest order. A man of many disguises. His mother was an actress, so theater was a part of his upbringing. Welcome to the Secret Life of Casanova.
Marie Antoinette
9. Marie Antoinette
January 1, 2012
We all remember her four famous words, "Let them eat cake," however, Marie Antoinette did not actually say these words, but her image as the Queen of Wretched Excess has endured. Welcome to the Secret Life of Marie Antoinette.
The Borgias
8. The Borgias
January 1, 2012
The Borgias were the original crime family. Their historical "rap sheet" would shock the Sopranos, only the Borgias committed their sins inside the Vatican. Their daily life was shocking. Welcome to the Secret Life of the Borgias.
Lord Byron
7. Lord Byron
January 1, 2012
He was a playboy poet, and one of the first true celebrities in history. Lord Byron's words made women swoon (as well as a men). One of the great Romantic poets, he embraced fame like no other. Welcome to the Secret Life of Lord Byron.
Alexander the Great
6. Alexander the Great
January 1, 2012
He conquered the known world by age 25, and not only did Alexander the Great win more than 40 battles, but he likely did so while intoxicated, riding bareback, and wearing skimpy battledress. Welcome to Secret Life of Alexander the Great.
Queen Victoria
5. Queen Victoria
January 1, 2012
We think of Queen Victoria as the dry, weary matron in black who grumbles, "We are not amused," but in private life, Victoria was passionate, lively, full of surprises, and a sexual dynamo. Welcome to the Secret Life of Queen Victoria.
4. Caligula
January 1, 2012
His name means Little Boots, a bit too cute for the tyrant he was to become. The Roman Emperor Caligula was one nasty piece of work. His life was practically a manual on the making of a monster. Welcome to the Secret Life of Caligula.
Elizabeth I
3. Elizabeth I
January 1, 2012
She was the queen with the powdered white face, high forehead, and a wardrobe that made her the Lady Gaga of her era. Elizabeth I was also a passionate woman with a wicked temper and iron will. Welcome to the Secret Life of Elizabeth I.
2. Napoleon
January 1, 2012
He alone was said to be worth 50,000 men on the battlefield. Such was the military genius of Napoleon Bonaparte. He ruled an empire with an empire-sized ego but was also a hopeless romantic. Welcome to the Secret Life of Napoleon.
Henry VIII
1. Henry VIII
January 1, 2012
We know him as the king with a whack of palaces, a weight problem, and a penchant for killing off his wives. However, there is much more to Henry VIII than the old tyrant depicted in history books. Welcome to the Secret Life of Henry VIII.
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Secret Life of... is available for streaming on the IMDb Freedive website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Secret Life of... on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hoopla, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (37)