If you're a history buff, you may both love and loathe TV series with historical settings. The history may not always be that accurate, as tings are changed for dramatic purposes. But there's something quite fascinating about dramas that are set in the past. So here are some series that you should watch if you're a history buff …
The Poldark novels were first dramatised in the 1970s, and fans of that series weren't too impressed when they heard that a remake was on the cards. But it's actually turned out well. It's a story of love, rivalry and other dramas in 18th-century Cornwall - and it doesn't hurt that the hero is pretty easy on the eye!
If you loved Spartacus then you should catch this series about Ancient Rome. Full of scheming women, political rivalries and plots galore, it's like an ancient soap opera. The good thing about series like Rome is that they bring famous historical figures like Caesar and Mark Antony to life.
When you're in the mood for a rollicking good adventure story, head for The Musketeers. It's a lively retelling of the famous Alexandre Dumas story, told with a good dose of humor. There's some good female characters in it too.
Historical purists weren't too impressed by The Tudors. The history wasn't always too accurate, Jonathan Rhys Meyers looked nothing like Henry VIII, and there were a lot of sex scenes in it. But it brought the era to life, the costumes were wonderful, and it had the best Anne Boleyn ever in Natalie Dormer.
Ever wanted to live in the Wild West? Then head for Deadwood, a critically-acclaimed portrayal of 19th-century America. It's a warts-and-all portrayal of the era that's nowhere near as sanitised as westerns normally are.
Anyone interested in World War II should watch The Nightmare Years. It's based on The Rise And Fall of the Third Reich, the acclaimed memoirs of William Shirer, a journalist who watched the rise of the Nazis to power. He was there in Germany and saw much of it happen.
This may not be the most serious of series, but it'll teach you a lot about history! Horrible Histories is based on the books by Terry Deary, which aimed to teach history to children in a fun way. It's actually very accurate, so watch, learn, and laugh!
This series is a must for World War II fans. The characters were real people, and at the end of each episode there were interviews with the real men. It's a fantastic piece of drama and incredibly moving.
If you love a historical murder mystery, then you'll enjoy Cadfael. It's kind of the medieval version of CSI, about a monk who solves murders. Of course he only has a few simple tools at his disposal, but he always works out whodunnit …
Historical series are fascinating because they give us an insight into the lives of people in the past and make it seem more real to us. They're not always accurate, but you can always find out more about the true historical facts by reading about the subject. So watch, learn, and enjoy!
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