Portillo’s State Secrets
Episode 1: Crime and punishment
Monday 23 March
Some of the world’s most famous detectives and criminal cases can be found in The National Archives...
Episode 2: Tyrants
Tuesday 24 March
Discover the secrets of some of the world's most notorious dictators with official records held by The National Archives...
Episode 3: Celebrity and scandals
Wednesday 25 March
Whether new or old, the actions of celebrity writers, royals and rock stars will always be of public interest...
Episode 4: Mysteries
Thursday 26 March
The last letter from Jack the Ripper, thousands of UFO reports, hoax claims of finding Lord Kitchener’s body...
Episode 5: Sport and politics
Friday 27 March
Did you know that King Edward III tried to ban football?
Episode 6: Traitors and spies
Monday 30 March
Fake identities and knitting needles have featured in the tactics of espionage from the First World War to the Cold War...
Episode 7: Monarchy
Tuesday 31 March
Discover the details of royal treasures, attempted assassinations and speeches drafted in case of a Third World War...
Episode 8: Banned
Wednesday 1 April
Censorship is still a major issue but how has it changed over the years?
Episode 9: On trial
Thursday 2 April
Discover the details of some of the many historic cases and trials ranging from blasphemy and witchcraft through to slavery...
Episode 10: National security
Friday 3 April
Some of the most famous plots and sieges all feature in our vast collection of records...