Michael Portillo explores America by rail following Appleton's General Guide to the US of 1879 which was published at a key moment in American history: the turning point from 'new world' to the richest nation ever known. Michael's journey covers two rail itineraries: the first from New York City up the Hudson River to the Great Lakes, and the second from Philadelphia to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the US.
Antonino came to Australia from Italy when he was 17. Adelina's family had come the generation before. Under the watchful eyes of the Sicilian community in a Queensland town Antonio meet and fell in love with Adelina.
Michael Portillo follows America's iconic River Hudson, beginning at New York City's Penn Station, where he rides on the national rail carrier service, Amtrak. At Tarrytown, he hears a famous American ghost story, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and on the east bank of the Hudson he stops at Garrison, where he hears about the greatest turncoat in American history. In Poughkeepsie, the presenter visits a university built just for women, before arriving in New York's state capital, Albany, where he samples Albany Ale and meets the State Senator. (S.1 Ep.3) (Class. tba)
A compelling six-hour television series, we take viewers on an exciting and visually stunning journey to the beautiful and important historical places where Christianity was born and grew from a small movement called 'The Way' to its place as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Join author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, as he takes viewers on a captivating adventure to the very places where Christianity began, through four centuries and seven countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
An up-to-date look at one of the greatest bands in history - with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. With interviews including Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and archival interviews with John Fogerty, this is a definitive review of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Continuing his trek from Philadelphia to Jamestown, Michael Portillo arrives in the nation's capital, Washington, DC, centre of political power in the world's most powerful country. Steered by his Appleton's Guide of 1879, he admires its fine public buildings, including the largest library in the world, and discovers how the capital was built from scratch after a political compromise between north and south. After this, he travels on to Mount Vernon, exploring a former slave market and visiting an archaeological dig along the way.
If Hitler had expected a decisive victory in Russia, at speed, he was thwarted at every turn and while the Luftwaffe bombed Moscow and the Siege of Leningrad began, the Soviet Red Army refused to capitulate as they watched and waited for the winter snows. Trouble was also brewing in the Pacific as America took diplomatic action against the Japanese.
No family knows what a powerful image can do better than the Kennedy's. They created a carefully crafted image that helped catapult them to the forefront of American politics and into the hearts of the America people. From fashion statements to Presidential mannerisms, here is how the Kennedy's redefine 'the Image' of power and set new standards for the rich and powerful.
Marilyn Monroe committed suicide on August the 5th, 1962 - so says the official report into her death. Right from the beginning, her death has become one of the most debated events of all time. Now, Missing Evidence reveals the shocking content of the lost tapes recorded inside Marilyn Monroe's house on the day she died. The tapes confirm the evidence long dismissed by eye-witnesses that day that suggest that Monroe was murdered by her psychiatrist under pressure from the Attorney General, Robert Kennedy.
View the magnificent Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of diver Sally Gregory and marine biologist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. Their first hand knowledge and experience introduces us to a magical underwater world few people get to see.
On September 11 2001, terrorist attacks in New York resulted in the collapse of World Trade Centre Towers. While the world focused on the organisation responsible, scientists tackled a more fundamental question: why the towers collapsed at all? After four years, the official conclusions leave many unsatisfied.
A unique record of Sydney society in the '60s. Harbour picnics, sports days, barbecues and football with social clubs such as the Boomerangs, the Chameleons, the Karingals and the Polly-nesians. The events were invitation only because these were gay social clubs.
Tales of a monster haunting Loch Ness go back for nearly 1500 years but only in the last century did the legend take-off. Since the 1930's over one thousand eye-witnesses have had their stories seemingly backed up by mysterious photographs, videos and unexplained sonar targets. The evidence is tantalising but never definitive. At St Andrew's University, Dr Charles Paxton, an expert on large marine creatures has compiled a unique database of every sighting ever made. Detailed analysis of this astonishing database finally explains the truth behind the Loch Ness Monster.
For Malagasys, the process of exhuming ancestral remains and rewrapping them in fresh shrouds while catching up on village gossip is nothing out of the ordinary and this is where Pria begins his journey through Madagascar.
Wonder at the spectacular environment of the Kimberley region and those who live there. From the magnificent beehive formations of The Bungle Bungles, to the mighty Fitzroy River, Western Australia's Kimberley region has it all.
Pria begins his Ethiopian exploration in Jinka, a small town on the edge of the lush, green Omo Valley, home to many small tribal groups including the Mursi, whose women insert a clay disc in their lower lip on reaching maturity.
In the first of two episodes, Pria explores white Cape Town through the eyes of locals such as Aryn Guiney, who lives in the small coastal town of Hout Bay and says that Cape Town will always be his home.
The Voice is a journey through the greatest vocal talents the world has ever heard. The series combines classic archive, rare and unseen footage, unique intimate performances, and exclusive interviews with a legion of legends, from Pavarotti to Bono, Maria Callas to Bjork, Ray Charles to Brian Wilson.
Given France's large colonial influence in Africa, Pria samples the African diaspora in Paris, asking why they are more French than African and why France is perceived to have been a "better coloniser" than the rest. g
Pria Viswalingam journeys to Kenya and meets the four main groups of people who live there: the Bantu-speaking majority; the Indians, who control the economy; the remnants of the white planters and the Nilots, or Nomadic tribes, which include the legendary Masai.
In this new three-part series Simon Reeve travels along the Equator. This week his first stop is a tiny island off the coast of Sumatra, where he goes fishing with the locals. Then it's on to a poultry market in West Sumatra, and a sanctuary in Kalimantan that cares for orang-utans made homeless by the destruction of their habitat.
They are the ultimate alpha males, the very symbols of confidence and charm. But behind the clean-cut images resides complex psychological dimensions fuelled by war and personal rivalries and the quest for power. Who are the men behind the tans and smiles? Who are the real Kennedy Brothers? The construction of the Kennedy Political Dynasty may begin with Joe's money - but the fuel is an intense competition between brothers, who must overcome their own shortcomings to create America's most powerful political machine.
The family of famous war cinematographer Damien Parer tackle the notorious 96km-long Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. They have the trekking adventure of their lives while learning more about their distinguished relative. Author and guide Bill James, who has completed 27 Kokoda treks, accompanies the group and reveals the true history of the Kokoda campaign of 1942-43.
The top of an old warehouse in Hamburg is the home of a new concert hall that designers hope will become famous. However, they are years behind schedule, millions over budget and working with difficult acoustics.
Anita and Cameron have a five-bedroom home. The layout stops them from spending family time together with their three kids. Neale must reunite this floor plan to persuade Anita to stay, while Andrew has to find a better home nearby.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Rod Stewart and James Morrison, comedy from Romesh Ranganathan and a performance by show-stopping Spanish dancing brothers Los Vivancos. Plus, one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, and Dragons' Den investor Peter Jones hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Years and Years, comedy from Rob Beckett and a performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. Plus a handyman gets the surprise of his life when he becomes the unexpected star of the show, and Strictly Come Dancing star Bruno Tonioli hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
The tempers of the Bondi lifeguards are put to the test as they face the deadliest summer yet as they encounter heat waves, bag thieves, street hoodlums, sharks, cuts, broken bones and countless rescues.