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History's Greatest Hoaxes

Season 1
The world loves a good hoax, and for years, certain men, women and sometimes entire organisations have gone out of their way to trick people into believing things weren't quite the way they seemed. A number of them were very successful.
6 episodes
16+
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - Alien Autopsy
    December 31, 2016
    44min
    16+
    How did a film, presented by a dubious producer based in London and purporting to show an autopsy being performed on a dead alien, come to convince large parts of the UFO-hungry public that it was authentic? Why did his reluctance to have the film authenticated and his string of broken promises not raise alarm bells? What's the real story behind a hoax that travelled the world.
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  2. S1 E2 - Loch Ness
    January 7, 2017
    44min
    16+
    According to folklore a large sea monster lurks in depth of Loch Ness in Scotland. Over the years, grainy photographs and inconclusive video footage has emerged to keep the legend alive. Is it a clever hoax or the real thing?
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  3. S1 E3 - Hitlers Diaries
    January 14, 2017
    44min
    16+
    In the 1980's, one of the most extraordinary discoveries of the 20th century was made - the personal diary of none other than Adolf Hitler. It caused a sensation. The German magazine De Stern picked up the serialization rights for a cool 6 million dollars in their own country; the Sunday Times grabbed them eagerly in the UK. This is the whole story of the hoax and the way it was exposed.
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  4. S1 E4 - War of the Worlds
    January 21, 2017
    44min
    16+
    An inadvertent hoax perhaps? Or a very clever ploy that made an unknown 23 year old New York City radio producer famous overnight? Either way, Orson Welles's infamous broadcast adaption of the HG Wells story on Halloween 1938 sent America into a tailspin as millions became convinced that Earth really was being invaded by aliens from Mars.
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  5. S1 E5 - Papillon
    January 28, 2017
    44min
    16+
    This is one of the great hoax-or-not hoax stories; the best-selling book by Henry Charrierre, which told of his life on the Penal colony island of French Guiana was 'exposed' as a novel, not a biography, by Gerrard de Villiers in 1970. The historical sub plots to this fascinating episode are the harsh - some say inhuman - conditions on Devil's Island which gave birth to the book.
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  6. S1 E6 - Piltdown Man
    February 4, 2017
    45min
    16+
    The endless quest to conclusively connect man with the ape seemed to have come to an end in the year 1912 with the discovery of a skull and jawbone in a quarry near the small village of Piltdown in Sussex. The scientific and academic world went into a frenzy.
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Content advisory
Violencesmoking
Audio languages
English
Subtitles
English [CC]
Directors
Bruce Burgess
Producers
Lynsey Martenstyn
Starring
Tow WardLouis LabovitchRichard Lavender
Studio
Like A Shot Entertainment
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