Explore the history of a unique generation, children aged 10 in 1940, who grew up in exceptional times: 650,000 orphans, 120,000 juvenile delinquents, 90,000 children lost during population movements, 11,500 Jewish children deported. Caught between collaboration and resistance, wartime childhood experiences and stories have, for a long time, been hushed up. Far from being spared by the brutal conflict, they were thrown into the chaos of dark and sinister times. For four years, this age group became the epicentre of national upheaval. Placed at the heart of Marechal Petain's 'regeneration' project, put to work out of necessity, exposed to hunger, death and deportation, and widely condemned by a fragile and incompetent judicial system, war children were both the instruments and scapegoats of a totalitarian regime. Listen to the testimony of those, on the fringes of history in the making, who came of age in the shadows of the 'national revival' imposed by Vichy during the worst world war in history.
Fabien arrests townsfolk in reprisal for the attack on Colbert. Jeanne pleads with Louis for their release, but to no avail. Bastien wants his son back and kidnaps Fabien in response. Maintenon confronts Louis about his promiscuity and he's forced to admit that he's hurt her.
Ignoring his brother's doubts, Philippe pursues his investigation into the Man in the Iron Mask, not knowing that the Vatican has sent a spy, Di Marco, to Versailles to keep an eye on Philippe. Meanwhile, in Maintenon's absence, Louis becomes increasingly impetuous. He begins to suspect that there may have been something between Marie-Therese and Leopold, and has her confined to quarters.
There's something about Hugh Jackman that makes you suspect he would have been a success on the big screen no matter which cinematic era he was born into. His lithe physicality and fine comic timing would have served him well in the silent era; his good looks and debonair charm would have fit right in with the Douglas Fairbanks and Cary Grants of classical Hollywood; his roguish charisma and natural compassion would not have gone amiss in the gritty realism of the 60s and 70s; and there's no doubting he has the muscles to have gone toe-to-toe with the Arnies, Slys and Jean-Claudes of the 80s and 90s.
Basil Rathbone appeared in more than 70 films, primarily costume dramas and swashbucklers. Rathbone is best known as suave villains in Captain Blood (1935) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Tale of Two Cities (1935). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in If I were King (1938). His most famous role, however, was that of his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes alongside Dr Watson played by Nigel Bruce in 14 Hollywood films produced in the 1940s.
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers and the ground-breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
Kennedy. Kim. Bhutto. Gandhi-Nehru. Just a few of the political dynasties that have been at the forefront of generations of war and revolution. But, having a revered name does not guarantee the survival of an individual. This episode explores the ascension and assassinations of the Kennedys, and the partition and ensuing instability that fuelled the rise and untimely demise of members of the Bhutto and Nehru-Gandhi families.
Examine the Parthenon marbles from Athens which is the best-known example of cultural heritage where there is a heavy ongoing debate. Should the marbles be unified? Should the country of origin have a say in how cultural heritage is introduced far away from home? Problems created by people long ago which now need to be solved.
A visit to Peles Castle in Romania, which was built in a medieval style in 1914 but is filled with modern technological innovations, including its own hydro-electric power plant.
From Tootsie to Die Hard - well-known actors and directors share behind-the-scenes stories and moments of the defining movies of the '80s.
Take a unique glimpse into the life of early 20th century colonial India. From vast processions of elephants carrying India's Maharajas, to King George V's symbolic visit, to scenes from Gandhi's early fight for independence, witness pivotal moments in India's history come to life. Featuring previously unseen footage from the BFI national archive, including the oldest clips of India caught on camera, this collection of beautifully preserved films provides an astonishing window into a vanished world.
The story of a young woman growing up during World War II, and of Elizabeth's "Uncle Dickie", the wildly ambitious and egotistical Louis Mountbatten, who in lust for revenge for injustice to his father, schemed and plotted to take over the royal family by marrying the young Princess to his nephew. The film reveals the undercurrent of sadness as the King rapidly declined to an early death, advancing Elizabeth's growth into majesty. This is a story of the young princess who never would have been Queen, were it not for several twists of history. The story of the killing of her beloved grandfather George V by his doctors, of her Grandmother Queen Mary who taught her strict tradition and protocol, and of the favourite uncle - King Edward VIII, who abdicated and flirted with fascism. And above all, the story of her mother and father - King George VI's bravery in the face of disability, and the future Queen Mother, who sacrificed a close, private, near normal family life to save the monarchy.
Orkney - seven miles off the coast of Scotland, and cut off by the tumultuous Pentland Firth, the fastest-flowing tidal race in Europe - is often viewed as being remote. However it is one of the treasure troves of archaeology in Britain, and recent discoveries there are turning the Stone Age map of Britain upside down. Rather than an outpost at the edge of the world, recent finds suggest an extraordinary theory - that Orkney was the cultural capital of our ancient world and the origin of the stone circle cult which culminated in Stonehenge. In this episode, Andy and some local seafaring volunteers build a boat made of just willow and cow hide and set out to cross the dangerous Pentland Firth as the ancient Orcadians would have done. Neil investigates the extraordinary discovery of some human bones, Chris goes in search of whales, and Shini uncovers the powers of the tides.
After the fall of the iron curtain, old royal dynasties experienced an impressive comeback in some of the post-communist states. In Bulgaria, Romania and Montenegro especially, the once-ostracized aristocracy has found new meaning in the modern age. This documentary paints an intimate portrait of the last surviving Balkan monarchs in their own words - Bulgaria's Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Montenegro's heir apparent, Nicholas, Crown Prince of Montenegro as well as the already deceased Michael I of Romania and his daughter Crown Princess Margareta. With rare archive footage and first-hand testimonies, we see how the royal houses survived the most tumultuous times in history to remain an essential part of their respective countries' national identity.
A celebration of the power of a Great Myth, from its magical Celtic origins to global popularity today. Across the centuries, the tales of King Arthur have gripped the popular imagination. Rich with dramatic reconstructions and lavish photography of ancient heritage sites and mystic Celtic landscapes, this thrilling programme, reveals how the stories of King Arthur have grown and developed across a thousand years and more.The Legend is alive and well today, on screen and in print, intriguing a new generation who are in search of an inspiring hero-figure and a Camelot for their own age.
Join the Freedom of the Seas during her first New Year's cruise and witness how the crew of 1500 battle a full complement of eccentric guests.
Louis and Leopold begin the battle over the ultimate prize: Spain. The Spanish King Charles is not expected to live long and both men claim its empire. Leopold persuades Marie-Therese to help marry his niece Eleanor to Charles, the queen's brother. Louis foils the plot by insisting that Eleanor stay at Versailles.
Louis celebrates victory in war by welcoming defeated Emperor Leopold with his niece, Eleanor. Louis plans to expand his empire, but Leopold has plans of his own and he seduces Marie-Therese; are his feelings real, or does he have an ulterior motive? Louis dislikes having Protestants in the palace, but Madame de Maintenon convinces him they are no threat - although prominent Protestant Delphine foresees trouble.
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