About our history output

In our landmark series Revolutions: The Ideas That Changed The World , we tell the amazing story of the incredible breakthroughs that led to six iconic objects that define the modern world.

Each episode takes viewers on a global journey of discovery and uncovers thousands of years of innovation. Full of surprising connections, it tells the stories of the incredible visionaries who often risked death, poverty or ridicule to progress civilisation.

To bring these stories to life we combine expert investigation with innovative drama techniques, shot almost entirely using virtual sets. The result reimagines the historical breakthroughs in sumptuous detail. At times, it allows the experts to witness those pivotal events first hand.

The series premiered on PBS and BBC4 in July 2019 and then sold globally to 190 territories.