Actor John Howard sees his recent move back to a rural life as a reconnection with his childhood memories of visits to the farms of both his grandfathers. While he was very close to his maternal grandfather, his paternal grandfather, Cecil Howard, was somewhat of an enigma.
Stephen Fry examines how gadgets can make shopping and cooking so much easier and far more entertaining. He escorts the world's only driverless shopping trolley around the supermarket, tests high-end barbecues and tries out an array of fancy kitchen gadgets as he prepares to host a spectacular dinner party for his friends Derren Brown, Carol Vorderman and Jo Brand.
In this episode, Julie travels to Quebec, where she encounters the fishermen of the Saint-Laurent estuary, the woodcutters of Montreal and the native Canadian Abenakis. Along the way, she'll discover the unique traditions which define the cuisine of Quebec.
Engineer and eco-warrior Dick Strawbridge challenges a team of modern-day engineers to rebuild and improve some of history's most impressive machines using their 21st century knowledge. Ancient genius is revealed and modern ingenuity tested as the team works on a medieval machine gun, a Roman war machine, a Byzantine fire boat, a Gothic mega crane and Churchill's rocket parachute.
The Black Death wiped out close to a quarter of the world's population. Even the familiar 'influenza' was one of the deadliest infectious disease of the twentieth century. Fighting these killers is an ongoing battle, as each infection adapts to outwit the body's defences.
In the last century, on the first ever series of Grand Designs, a younger, fresh-faced Kevin McCloud witnessed a groundbreaking co-operative of ten families build their own homes on the edge of Brighton. 'The Hedgehogs' as they were known, were made up of former travellers and those living in insecure accommodation. The council bought them land and covered the cost of construction - the deal being that in return for their labour, and lots of it, they would get to live in their self-built homes at reduced rent. Twelve years later, Kevin returns to see if the houses and the families that built them have stood the test of time.
A Calgary couple with an empty plot of land and dreams of a bigger home buy a treasured local townhouse. They enlist a team of expert house movers, the McCanns, to haul the colossal structure to its new foundations.
In 2010, Claire Farrow and Ian Hogarth embarked on an adrenalin-fuelled journey to build the ultimate fun family home right in the heart of London. Ian's radical design included a dance floor, sauna and DJ booth, but the only plot they could find was someone's back garden at the end of a mews, backing perilously onto a railway line.
The series provides a balanced perspective of the country and uses illustrated graphics maps to help locate the children geographically. Today, Yangshuo lies on the Li River. Local farmers access the markets via the river.
Energy prices have doubled in the past five years and will double again in the next five. And now the battle to control energy supplies, and the consequences of burning it, are affecting things on a global scale. As one of the world's highest per capita energy users and biggest exporters of fossil fuels, Australia is bound to be deeply affected by the changes coming down the energy pipeline. How will we cope? Where will it all end? What are Australia's options?
From the inner city we move to consider how Australians have adapted to a climate with which most were initially unfamiliar. Archive journals reveal how unprepared the pioneers were for the tropics. So, from a suburban Brisbane residence to a Bundaberg sugar plantation and from a Rockhampton railway house to a literally itinerant dwelling in Longreach, this episode explores the gradual adaptation to life in the tropics and the evolution of one of Australia's most iconic houses.
Based on the popular column in The Monthly magazine, Australian Encounters is a witty and insightful animated history series about moments when renowned Australians collided with global figures of their time.
This new seven-part series follows one of Australia's most recognised food and wine personalities, Lyndey Milan, and her actor/voice-over artist son Blair as they embark on an epic journey of Greece's fascinating Peloponnese - seeking culinary delights, exploring ancient sites, and immersing themselves in Peloponnesian culture.
Digs are suggested by a member of the viewing public who knows of an unsolved archaeological mystery. The team then uncovers as much as they can about the archaeology and history of the site in three days.
Notorious art forger John Myatt, the man who was involved in what Scotland Yard called the biggest art fraud of the 20th century, teaches aspiring artists how to paint in the style of the world's greatest artists.
Neil Oliver explores Brittany in northern France, where he meets a famous lighthouse keeper. Nick Crane joins the Onion Johnnies, who have delivered their products around the countryside and provided the stereotypical image of the Frenchman for the past 200 years, while Alice Roberts reveals how iodine was discovered. Mark Horton investigates a group of standing stones at Carnac and Miranda Krestovnikoff dives for a seafood treat.
The final episode takes up the search for the guests' ancestries where the historical record leaves off and links their distinctive family histories to the broader history of 'the family of man'. Combining the documented stories of some of the guests' last known ancestors with DNA evidence, the series travel backward through time to reveal both distant relatives and surprising shared ancestral connections.
People are not designed to live at the Poles and are pushed to the very edge of their survival capability. In this episode, Human life is explored and we discover how it brings out the best in human ingenuity.
In Painting Australia six prominent Australian landscape painters take us to their favourite locations; those often hidden and secret places that inspire their work and ignite their passion. Part painting competition, part off-road adventure tour, Painting Australia is a series that incorporates art, history, culture, literature, architecture and travel, and explores some of the most remote and beautiful regions of Australia.
As humans are pushing the limits of physical capability, our best athletes remain our wildest. From the energy saving hop of the kangaroo to the cross country migration of birds, discover how and why animals move the way they do.
Four ordinary Australian couples embark on a confronting and challenging eight week journey to happiness and relationship fulfilment. The end of the eight weeks is in sight, but the couples still have many hurdles to overcome.
Luxury is the one thing Kevin doesn't yet have at his handmade cabin in the woods. It's an off grid marvel, but what he really wants is a hot tub he can relax in, sipping red wine and watching the setting sun with his friends.
For centuries, Scotland was regarded as a wild and dangerous place to visit. To find out what changed to make Scotland a popular tourist destination, presenter Paul Murton recreates six Scottish grand tours suggested by a 19th-century copy of Black's Picturesque Guide to Scotland.
In this episode, Julie travels to Norway. 25,000 kilometres of coastline, legendary fjords and salmon...lots of salmon: smoked, dried, marinated or salty - the Norwegians just love the stuff. Here, giant crab-fishing is a national sport.
The hit ABC TV series, Making Australia Happy, proved that science can make individuals happy in just two months. Now, Making Couples Happy is raising the stakes. Can it also work for couples? Four ordinary Australian couples embark on a confronting and challenging eight week journey to happiness and relationship fulfilment. The issues facing the couples include sex, intimacy, parenting and work/life balance. For some, it's their last chance before possible separation.
Raymond Blanc, Britain's most famous French chef, returns to the country he loves and the French recipes that have inspired him. With a little help from his sons, Raymond lets us in on the secrets of planning the most extravagant meal of the year, Christmas dinner.
Venice is the most stunning city in the world. 20 million tourists come here each year to explore the winding streets and the 1500 kilometre network of canals. They come for art, music, culture, history and more. What they don't see is how this city works. 24 hours a day emergency services of highly-trained experts fight to keep Venice safe.
The west of Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful coastlines in the world and for one glorious summer it is home away from home for marine biologist Monty Halls and his enthusiastic dog Reuben.
The Crown Prince of Yugoslavia returns to stay in the suite where he was born in 1945. Other guests who make an appearance include Joan Collins, Stephen Fry and Gerry Parker, who has breakfasted at Claridge’s every day for the last 40 years.
A new dynasty emerges. Threatened from abroad, Rameses II leads an army north to fight the Hittites at Kadesh. The battle becomes his crowning achievement and the basis for a new period of stability and wealth.
It's all done, after six incredible months we get to see what all the hard work has brought. Bryan and Sarah get to walk around the house and reminisce about the good and the bad times. We see room by room the incredible work done by Bryan and his team, a not to be missed.
Across the Earth there are traces of a mysterious land unlike anything seen today - a supercontinent that split apart to create our world. This is the story of how life, land and time came together to create the extraordinary diversity of the seven continents.
Supermodel and art history graduate Lily Cole will embark on a fascinating journey with renowned artists such as Tacita Dean and Christo, watching them at work in their studio, discussing their life and artistic processes, and getting closer than ever before to the people behind the art.
In 1886 Victorian social explorer Charles Booth embarked on a hugely ambitious plan to visit every single street in London to record the social conditions of the city's residents. House by house, street by street, the lives of four million people were mapped and categorised according to their social position. The Secret History of Our Streets revisits six of these archetypal London streets and interviews residents past and present to discover how the fortunes of the streets have ebbed and flowed in the last hundred and twenty-five years.
An Ordinary life is a series of documentaries that take an intimate look at the lives of individuals affected by disability. Some are born with their disability while others acquire it through accident or illness. All anyone wants in these remarkable stories is an ordinary life. Yet their circumstances are such that they lead anything but a regular existence.
Actor Alan Cumming visits Glasgow, one of his favourite cities, to reveal unusual and often hidden sights and sounds overlooked by the public. Starting at the Necropolis, he travels to the world's oldest music hall before enjoying the views from a city-centre landmark.
Julia Bradbury presents a series of classic walks and climbs in the Lake District. Armed with Alfred Wainwright's famous pictorial guides, she sets out on some of the most popular fell walks in the country. In the first episode, Julia is in the Western Lakes to walk to the summit of Wainwright's favourite fell, Haystacks.
All is not lost for the Irish. Owen Roe's kinsman, Major-General Hugh Dubh O'Neill, will now emerge from his shadow. He, also, served for many years in the continental wars, and he commands 2,000 experienced soldiers of the Ulster Catholic army. Can he stop Cromwell in his tracks?
Comedian and television presenter Adam Hills traces the desperate journeys undertaken by his migrant ancestors in the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?. Although Adam is aware of the migrant ancestry on his mother's side, the stories of what brought his two great grandfathers to Australia in the early 20th century have never been told.
The first travellers to come north were predominantly men. Scotland was considered to be very much a 'man's world' - full of unseen perils, and definitely not a place for ladies! In this episode, Paul Murton travels through Dumfries and Galloway to uncover the stories of the pioneering female tourists who were determined not to be left at home and bravely headed north to explore Scotland.
Join Mike Rowe on the ultimate bar crawl through America's booze filled past. We'll show you how alcohol helped push this great nation west, where mountain men and Johnny Appleseed pave the way for liquored up cowboys to shoot each other at the OK Corral.
Luke visits the floating villages of Chau Doc and Cai Be to cook some intriguing local dishes. He starts his journey on the Hue River where he cooks a caramelised basa fish dish atop a floating fish farm. Luke then heads onto land to see, first hand, how the famous Chau Doc roast pork is done.
The living history experiment reaches the 1960s and a new family, the Hawkes, arrive, walking in the footsteps of their Caribbean immigrant ancestors. They are shocked to discover the decade was a difficult time, with racism and isolation taking its toll.