Actor and comedian Peter Rowsthorn (best known as Brett Craig in the hit series Kath & Kim) turns his attention towards his early Australian family, and much to his delight, discovers not one, but two convicts in his family tree. Peter sets out to unearth what crimes his ancestors had committed to get them sent to the penal colony.
Michael Portillo takes the train down the spine of Italy from Rome to Sicily. Braving the traffic, Michael begins his Roman holiday by weaving among the capital city's magnificent landmarks on the back of a 1950s Vespa.
As Ray travels through each landscape, he discovers how extraordinary topography, extreme weather, wild animals and ecology presented both great opportunity and even greater challenges for Native Americans, mountain men, fur traders, wagon-masters, homesteaders, gold miners, lumberjacks, cowboys and lawmen of the Wild West.
Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history. This episode covers the very first miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man, as well as the biggest TV miniseries, Roots, and the landmark romance miniseries, The Thorn Birds.
Between 1985 and 2005, the number of honey bee hives fell by about fifty percent, and that is far from the worst news. So what is killing our bees: the weather; a parasite (the varroa mite) - which has been here since 1992; the viruses that accompany the varroa; pesticides; or something else, like the nature of agriculture?
Lola has all the fame and fortune she ever dreamed of, but along with success comes a studio that works her until she drops, a family only interested in her money and a scheming publicist, Space Hanlon, who runs her life.
Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs chronicling the musical ascension of "the hardest working man in show business".
America's smallest hero takes a giant bite out of the Big Apple! Kevin McCallister is back! But this time he's in New York City - with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his own playground.
Your country needs you! Tony is in the quiet NSW town of Bathurst on Anzac Day. Hear stories of reconciliation over tea and scones in Cowra and the man whose childhood bedroom window bullet hole was the envy of all his mates. The Tour of Duty Roadshow proves once again that no matter the town's population there's always a quirky story to be found; a lifesaving coin, a Japanese POW uniform, and one lucky woman is in for a surprise when she's reunited with a relic from her late father's war service.
Following a teenage Leonardo da Vinci and set against the breath-taking backdrop of 15th century Florence, this series is far from a typical period drama. Bursting with mystery, adventure, comedy, and even a slowly unfolding love triangle, the show charts the exploits of history's most dynamic group of teens.
Today, the theft of Leo's notebook has been masterminded by Piero de Medici, the father of one of Leo's closest friends, Lorenzo. But it proves to be no use to him because all the formulae and calculations are written in code.
Ace Day Jobs is a fun series of five minute video episodes of Australians with innovative careers. It's about people who really love their work and how they got into it, often with a few twists and turns on the way.
From the sophisticated to the simple, noodle dishes are different in every province and in every part of the country. But no matter where they come from, Thai noodles all share a common street food heritage.
Broadcaster Andrew Denton is perhaps best known for his in-depth interview series Enough Rope and his inquisitive mind, but now is his chance to investigate his own story in the premiere episode of the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? A generation ago Andrew's family anglicised their name from Ditkofsky to Denton, a decision taken to keep members safe at a time of entrenched racial intolerance. Andrew's father, author Kit Denton walked away from his Jewish ancestry when he married a catholic woman and became a proud atheist. For these reasons Andrew Denton's knowledge of his Jewish roots until now has been scant.
The real China is revealed in this series of concise and informative programs. It provides a guide to Chinese lifestyle and language as we meet the people and explore ten aspects of China's culture in detail. Today: Examines life on the university campus in Beijing.
This provocative new documentary series, led by Matthew Evans, highlights the complex and sometimes shocking truth about Australia's seafood. It also launches a campaign around seafood labelling that will enable all Australians to make better choices when it comes to buying and consuming seafood.
This series takes viewers on a tour of Kenya and her more unusual and unknown gastronomic delights. Hosted by Kiran Jethwa, a Kenyan born and internationally trained chef, has returned from a global gastronomic education to settle in the country he loves, Kenya. In this series, Kiran travels the length and breadth of Kenya to source rare and highly prized ingredients, primarily in the "bush larder".
This epic four-part series introduces us to Australia's most iconic creatures as they survive and thrive on the most spectacular continent on earth. Today, in the heart of Australia lives the red kangaroo, the largest marsupial on earth and a true master of adapting to the blistering desert heat.
In this Toy Stories special James puts Meccano to the ultimate test and thrusts it into the world of speed, skill and endurance. Accompanied by faithful engineer Sim and the rest of the Toy Stories team, James ventures to try and build the world's first motorbike built and powered out of Meccano.
Secret Life Of...is a cheeky and provocative new biography series that deliciously dishes dirt on icons of the past. Think Napoleon, Catherine the Great, and Casanova. Then take the visual appeal of Entertainment Tonight, throw in a little Monty Python humour, and subject it all to rigorous historical accuracy. The result? A rare glimpse into the rarified world of the rich, famous and scandalous.
Steven Johnson's journey takes him to Venice, a hall of mirrors and the Mars-like landscape of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. He looks at how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the greatest cultural movement of our time, the Renaissance.
The front yard is ready for planting at last and Poh and Jono choose a big range of seedlings and young plants at the nursery, meet an adventurous young chef, then get some help from friends and neighbours Anthony and Liz. Poh makes everyone pork and cabbage dumplings to fuel the effort of getting everything into the ground. Beer traps are installed to capture the snails and the dogs are trained to keep off the raised beds.
The Aboriginal flag has become an iconic symbol. It's a flag that has the potential to unite Australia. In this documentary, Pascoe Braun explores people's perception of what the Aboriginal flag represents, and the significance of where it was created in Adelaide.
Well known chefs and food experts take us through the relationship that humans have with sugar from the first time it was farmed 10,000 years ago through to today's golden age of the candy bar. The story of sugar is the story of us.
With this work, the painter invents the pointillism and, behind the peaceful banks of the Seine, seizes by his technique the economic and social upheavals of a time which dedicate themselves without Limit in the religion of the progress.
Before he became Yusuf Islam and abruptly retired from music in 1979, English folk musician Cat Stevens was a raging success. This intimate performance, recorded live in LA in 1971, presents him in top form.
What do over-worked sewing machines, dodgy scissors, a Bull and Vegemite have in common? Ballarat's military history, of course! Take a stroll with Tony down the Avenue of Honour and hear stories of locals whose community spirit is as strong now as it was during the World Wars.
The trip is about to get serious as Matthew, Ross and Nick attempt to sail down the dangerous and isolated south-western coast of Tasmania. As they pass through Hells Gate into the Southern Ocean, they have prepared themselves by stocking up on salt pork and hard tack - good insurance if they don't catch any fish.
The concluding part of historian Dan Snow's major two-part series, tells the powerful and heroic stories of those who risked their lives on the beaches of Normandy, to save the world from Nazi Germany.
The girls are reeling from the tough words Alex gave them at last week's Elimination and every girl has something to prove. Later at the photo shoot the six remaining models must go toe to toe with Alyssa Sutherland.
From the red earth of Broken Hill comes a look at one of the most unusual emergency departments in the country. Experience just how different a life-threatening crisis can be in one of the most isolated locations on earth. Outback ER introduces us to the incredible emergency response team personnel who live and work in this remote region - the staff from Broken Hill Base Hospital Emergency Department, the Ambulance Service of NSW, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
This episode considers the court of Richard II. Richard presided over the first truly sophisticated and artistic court in England. Painters, sculptors, poets, tailors, weavers and builders flocked to court to make their fortunes. But these were dangerous times. Being close to Richard brought many a courtier to a sticky end.
Gourmet Farmer's much loved land lubbers Matthew Evans, Nick Haddow and Ross O'Meara take to the sea to discover Australia's fascinating history and amazing bounty while having the time of their lives.
With his 1913 guidebook in hand, Michael Portillo explores the stunning Art Nouveau architecture of the Czech capital. In a cafe popular with artists of the time he discovers the dance craze of the day - the tango - and gamely gives it a go.
From the majesty of our vast natural environment to the wonders of our manmade world, this is Australia like you've never seen it before. Join passionate experts on a spectacular quest along the edge of Australia.
Guest Comedian David O'Doherty pits common sense against Dara's big maths brain as they battle it out to solve real life problems. Professor Marcus Du Sautoy sets the questions. Today's theme is, 'Positions, and how maths can help you find the best ones'.
Incredible surprises await Tony in Auckland as he travels to New Zealand's North Island. Little known mysteries are explained and prove that despite its small population, during war times Auckland was prepared to drop bombshells - literally!
This cheeky and provocative new biography series dishes the dirt on icons of the past. Get all the gossip on history's biggest stars, from Henry VIII to Marie Antoinette. Unlike the tabloids though, all the facts are rigorously researched.