I have seen all the episodes of Secrets d'Histoire and it is a pleasure to read that it has found an American audience as well. Stéphane Bern is a real historian, a humanist and a national treasure. He generously and warmly opens the doors to amazing places no one has usually access to. The narrative with the impeccable voice of Isabelle Benhadj is always richly and precisely illustrated. As a Frenchman, I grew up with history on television with for example Alain Decaux from the French Academy and his famous "Alain Decaux Raconte". Think how captivating it was for a teenager to hear Alain Decaux talking about the beast of Gévaudan! It is very nice that this tradition perdures to show the public (and the world) our rich history and incredible heritage.
I liked very much the format of the first years where Stéphane Bern and historians sat together in a circle with a special light reminding me what we call in France, a "veillée" which is when in old times, people sat around the fire in the evening to tell stories, way before the television or even electricity were invented.
There are a lot of good historical programs from the BBC you can find in the "history" section of their site. I am sure you can find a lot of them on YouTube as well with good historians and art historians like Michael Wood, Michael Scott, Joann Fletcher, Bettany Hughes, Mary Beard, Janina Ramirez, Lucy Worsley, Waldemar Januszczak etc. I hope our american friend won't need any subtitles for those series ;)
Merci Monsieur Bern, vous nous enchantez tous ! Et du rêve en ce moment, on en a bien besoin...
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