This variety series, 典籍里的中国 from CCTV, is informative yet entertaining at the same time. You’ll get to learn about history/historical characters without the need to read books. The performances by the actors are great too!
Episode 1: Fu Sheng, famous for saving the Confucian classic Shangshu from the book burning of the First Emperor of Qin.
Episode 2: Song Yingxing, Chinese scientist and encyclopedist, author of Tiangong Kaiwu, an encyclopedia that covered a wide variety of technical subjects, including the use of gunpowder weapons
Episode 3: Sima Qian, Chinese historian considered the father of Chinese historiography for his Records of the Grand Historian, a general history of China covering more than two thousand years
Episode 4: Li Shizhen, Chinese physician, author of a 27-year work, found in the Bencao Gangmu
Episode 5: Confucius, Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages
Episode 6: Sun Tzu, Chinese military strategist, traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War
Episode 7: Qu Yuan, Chinese poet and politician known for his patriotism and contributions to classical poetry and verses, especially through the poems of the Chu Ci anthology