History's Greatest Hoaxes

Genre: History

Duration: 6x60

Year of Production: 2016

Production Company: Like a Shot Entertainment

Broadcaster: UKTV

Definition: HD

These are the stories of the world’s greatest hoaxes through the eyes of the people who set them up - and shut them down.

How did the infamous ‘Hitler Diaries’ manage to fool so many people or the notorious ‘alien autopsy’ film create such a sensation? How did the Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast spread panic in America or the Piltdown Man ‘discovery’ trick the world for so long?

We’ll explain how historical circumstances sometimes allowed pretty unlikely hoaxes to take root and introduce some very unusual people, including the convicted murderer behind the ‘Papillon’ controversy and the man who for 20 years has camped out on the shores of Loch Ness seeking a glimpse – any glimpse – of the Loch Ness monster.

Series 1: 6x60 | HD | 2016