This episode takes us into the corridors of power where Germany's top political mastermind sees an opportunity to use the sudden popularity of the Nazis for his own ends. This sets off a chain of miscalculations, backroom deals and power grabs that will propel Hitler from the fringes of political activism into the heart of government.
In the late eighth century, the Vikings started to appear along the coasts of Europe. With their long boats, adorned with dragon heads and loaded with well-equipped warriors, the Vikings soon became infamous for their swift and brutal raids. Initially, they mainly targeted monasteries, pillaging them for gold and silver. The monks, whose only weapon was their Christian faith, were easy prey and would seldom be spared the wrath of the Vikings. Over the years, the Viking strategy changed, because they were not only brutal warriors but also skilled diplomats, not afraid to mix with those in power who wanted to create a new Europe.
America is forged in the fires of adversity. These stories chart the challenges that helped shape a nation. In the mid-1800s, America faces its darkest hour yet. Abraham Lincoln is elected President of a US on the brink of Civil War; the nation that emerges now creates great wealth - but not for everyone; Teddy Roosevelt steps forward, bringing fierce leadership on behalf of the working man - his aim: to hold the nation together.
Dominating the landscape for centuries, ancient cathedrals and abbeys reflect Britain's turbulent history through their architectural grandeur - stories of its kings and queens and the religious and social changes brought about by the English Reformation, as well as many other tales of intrigue, love, faith and conviction. This series explores 22 cathedrals and abbeys found throughout England and Wales, featuring interviews with historians and experts, and breathtaking 4K footage captured by drones filming their legendary facades and soaring interior spaces. Never before has a television series brought together such a great number of ancient cathedrals and abbeys under one unified storyline.
Maureen Lipman, Larry Lamb and Michael Buerk travel Britain exploring the nation's enduring fascination with heritage, history and tradition. In this programme, they discover how the growing popularity of rare breeds and heritage varieties is having a direct impact on maintaining our vibrant craft and culinary traditions. Amidst the rolling hills of Lancashire's Ribble Valley - the inspiration for Tolkein's Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings - Larry discovers the secrets of drystone walling and finds out how our meadows are under threat. In Northcote Manor's walled kitchen garden, Maureen learns about heritage vegetables and Lancashire hotpot. In Yorkshire, actor Don Warrington shares his passion for 18th-century art and design at Harewood House. And Michael Buerk visits the chalk streams of Hampshire.
After weeks of adventure, Ran and Joe have finally reached the end of their journey and are prepared to say goodbye, just as Ran did 50 years earlier.
Continuing their journey, Ran and Joe spend a night inside the Great Pyramid of Giza on the way to a place that tourists rarely venture - Luxor.
Actor Joseph Fiennes joins his cousin Sir Ranulph Fiennes as he re-creates his first-ever expedition to Cairo along the River Nile.
In the catalogue of common beliefs about World War II, the idea that Hitler was a military genius has endured. He is believed to have conquered and subjected to his authority nearly all of Continental Europe. However, this is, in fact, a myth.
The story of Rudyard Kipling is a tale of paradise lost. It is the story of a literary genius who wrote some of the world's best known and enduring books yet whose own life was filled with tragedy. Kipling was a literary giant of the twentieth century, a man whose remarkable range of work captivated not just a nation but an empire. He was the nations laureate, the voice of the people and he became an international superstar. His work continues to fascinate and enchant. The Jungle Book and the famous poem, If, remain as popular today as they were when published one hundred years ago. Less well-known is the private life of the man who produced such masterpieces. Kipling endured an appallingly childhood, a domineering wife, and the devastating loss of two of his children.
Monty tells an incredible story of evasion and escape through unknown, hostile territory in central Italy. He follows the route taken by prisoner of war Len Harley, who spent months on the run before braving snow, ice, and Nazi patrols to escape over the mountains of the Majella.
Monty heads to Slovenia to retrace one of the most daring, yet unknown, mass escapes of Allied prisoners during World War II, made possible only with the help and kindness of ordinary people. He's joined by Neil Churches, whose father Ralph escaped the Stalag 18D prison camp with a few friends, aided by local partisans. They returned just hours later and rescued over 80 fellow prisoners who had been left behind. The group traveled 150 miles through rough terrain - facing the elements, German patrols, ambush, and betrayal.
From the very beginning, America is a nation shaped by adversity. These are the stories of the challenges that helped shape a nation. How their forebears survive the 'starving time' of the first colonies; battle their mother country for independence; head out to the frontier and west into the unknown; and spark a resistance to slavery that brings the US to the brink of civil war.
Dominating the landscape for centuries, ancient cathedrals and abbeys reflect Britain's turbulent history through their architectural grandeur - stories of its kings and queens, and the religious and social changes brought about by the English Reformation, as well as many other tales of intrigue, love, faith, and conviction. This series explores 22 cathedrals and abbeys found throughout England and Wales, featuring interviews with historians and experts, and breathtaking 4K footage captured by drones filming their legendary facades and soaring interior spaces. Never before has a television series brought together such a great number of ancient cathedrals and abbeys under one unified storyline.
Sam arrives in West Virginia to study the legend of the Mothman, but things go awry once he uncovers a web of disasters and dirty politics.
Maureen Lipman and Larry Lamb visit Scone Palace and meet the custodians of the Stone of Scone, where centuries of Scottish kings were crowned. While Maureen enjoys a fly-fishing adventure on the banks of the River Tay, Larry explores the magnificent walled gardens and joins efforts to restore the estate's medieval walls. Michael Buerk fulfils a boyhood dream riding the footplate of a heritage steam train in the Severn Valley, and actor Bill Patterson gets an exclusive glimpse of restoration work at the Glasgow School of Art, which was designed by his hero Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
As far back as World War I, through Vietnam and up to present day, young Cook Islanders have served and sacrificed alongside New Zealand in military conflicts and combat. But their stories are largely untold. This program celebrates their contribution, acknowledges their sacrifice, and shares their personal stories.
One of Tracy's very favourite subjects is the roller-coaster private life of England's most famous King. The royal palace at Hampton Court and naturally the Tower of London loom large in her 'let's get at the real facts' exploration of a man who was a good deal more complex than his popular image suggests. For one thing, it turns out that Henry was a bit of a prude, who was pretty shocked by the worldliness of Anne Boleyn; he also had decent table manners, contrary to his roistering image. Tracy reveals the day to day life of the king and how it had to be adapted to accommodate his ever-increasing weight - during his later years, Henry waist expanded to 54 inches.
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