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The word “Viking” has been synonymous with brutality, terror and mystery ever since the first Norse warriors appeared along the coasts of England and France at the end of the eighth century.

Their notoriety for barbarianism without pity was an important part of the mythology that grew up around them. And while Vikings are still characterized as such in popular culture, the reality is much more complex, visceral and powerful than their reputation suggests.

The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in Vikings, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (ET) on History. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but through the eyes of Viking society.
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Beginning in January, Canada’s #1 specialty entertainment channel embarks on a wild ride into the past, with mavericks of military airborne battles taking flight and vintage car junkies at the wheel.

Boasting four exciting new series and five returning crowd-pleasers, History’s winter schedule takes its viewers on the perfect winter getaway.

The schedule revs up on Wednesday, January 2 at 9pm ET with the premiere of Counting Cars. Fans of Pawn Stars know that Danny “The Count” Koker is a classic car fanatic.

He is passionate about finding, fixing and flipping vintage cars, while exploring each vehicle’s history. The series follows Danny as he tracks down classic cars and makes on-the-spot offers all around Las Vegas. Continue reading »

History’s collection of commemorative programming struck a chord with Canadians. From November 8 to November 11, 5.3 million viewers* tuned in to the channel’s Days of Remembrance programming, which honoured and remembered Canadian veterans.

Anchoring the all-Canadian line-up was the intimate and emotional series War Story, which reached 2.6 million viewers (2+) and was the most watched Specialty program at 8pm on Sunday, November 11 for the key 2+, Adults 25-54 and Males 25-54 demos.

Proving that viewers are hungry for compelling Canadian content, produced by Canadians and about Canadians, History was the second ranked station for the 2+ demo, the third ranked station for M25-54 and the fourth ranked station for A25-54. Continue reading »

Mankind: The Story of All of Us is an epic 12-hour television event about the greatest adventure of all time: the history of the human race.

It takes 10 billion years for the ideal planet to form, and 3 billion more for the right conditions to emerge before mankind begins. From there unfolds a fast-paced story told through key turning points, stepping stones in a journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen.

Mankind: The Story of All of Us is the first television series in a generation to tackle the history of the human race through the ages, including the ice age, the advent of farming, the sacking of Rome, the discovery of the New World, the fall of the Aztec empire and the Industrial Revolution. Embracing groundbreaking storytelling methods, it features jaw-dropping imagery and dramatic reconstructions of the most critical events in human history. Continue reading »

The new fast-paced documentary The Real Sherlock Holmes provides compelling evidence that the famous fictional sleuth has influenced the 21st century in ways that few could possibly imagine.

Airing the day after the debut of Global’s much buzzed about new Sherlock series Elementary, The Real Sherlock Holmes makes its world broadcast premiere on Friday, September 28 at 9pm ET on History.

Sherlock Holmes is also the most adapted literary character in history—his trusty comrade and chronicler Dr. John H. Watson always along for the ride. Continue reading »

Historical figures from Henry VIII to Napoleon undergo modern TMZ-style, tabloid scrutiny in the cheeky new History series by Proper Television “Secret Life Of…”

Did Henry VIII really please all those wives? What do Alexander the Great and David Bowie have in common? And what did they use for condoms in Casanova’s day?

Armed with exhaustive research and the help of A-list historians and experts, “Secret Life Of…” combines the visual appeal of Entertainment Tonight and the irreverent humour of Monty Python with hilarious re-enactments and demonstrations set to answer these and many more burning questions. Continue reading »

This fall History is delving into the lives of ordinary people whose not-so-ordinary ways of life are making history right now.

The new schedule includes Canadian original series Bomb Hunters, which features unknown everyday heroes who are working to make Canada a safer country.

Canadian broadcast premieres of Great Lake Warriors, Mountain Men and Shark Wranglers invite viewers into the lives of individuals whose dangerous jobs are probably not advertised on many careers days. Continue reading »

Part Indiana Jones archaeology, part forensic detective work, DIG WW2, a new four-part series premiering on History Television beginning Monday, July 16 at 8 pm ET/PT, vividly brings World War II, the most devastating conflict in history, to life.

In DIG WW2, a UK-Canada co-production produced by 360 Production and Canadian company yap films, military historian Dan Snow digs, dives, shoots and drives through the greatest conflict in Canada’s history, uncovering the incredible stories this violent clash left behind.

Snow and his team travel through Northern Ireland, Continental Europe and the North Atlantic, regions littered with buried fighter planes, sunken submarines, secret bunkers and other hidden evidence of the war, determined to find these lost relics and reveal the stories they hold. Continue reading »

To borrow Winston Churchill’s famous quote, Curse of the Axe, airing on History Television on Monday, July 9 at 8 pm ET/PT (repeated Friday, July 13 at 9 pm ET/PT) tells the story of a riddle wrapped up in a mystery inside an enigma.

Narrated by Robbie Robertson of the legendary music group The Band, yap films’ new two-hour documentary Curse of the Axe unfolds like the best page-turning detective story, starting with the earth-shaking archaeological discovery of “Mantle”, by far the largest and most complex Huron First Nations village ever found. Dr. Ron Williamson, one of Canada’s foremost First Nation experts and lead archaeologist on the archaeological dig, describes the discovery as “an Indiana Jones moment”, after excavation of the site turns up first hundreds, then thousands of native artifacts. Continue reading »

History and Shaw Media announced today additional casting for the new scripted series, Vikings, including Travis Fimmel (The Beast, Baytown Outlaws) as Ragnar, the first great Viking leader, a man of both history and myth; Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back) as Floki, a close friend of Ragnar’s who is an eccentric jokester yet an inventive, creative boat-builder and Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar’s excessive, cruel cousin.

The series also welcomes two high-profile Canadian actresses. Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, CSI: NY, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) has signed to play Siggy Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife and Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs) will play Lagertha, Ragnar’s first wife and famous shield maiden who often fights alongside him.

Notable Canadian director Ken Girotti (Bomb Girls, Copper, Fairly Legal), has signed on to direct a number of episodes. He joins Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), who is set to direct episodes 1 – 3 of the series. Continue reading »