Most historical documentaries from the BBC are excellent, it's just that they are dumbing down so much these days that they will soon be a lost art.
The Timewatch series on the BBC, and Equinox on Channel 4, were excellent - peerless infact. Now they are gone and TV viewing is much worse for it.
‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
All human ills he can subdue,
Or with a bauble or medal
Can win mans heart for you;
And many a blessing know to stew
To make a megloamaniac bright;
Give honour to the dainty Corse,
The Pixie is a little shite.