The story of Jimmy Ellis - an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis - back from the grave.
Anthropologist Alice Roberts and archaeologist Neil Oliver go in search of the Celts - one of the world's most mysterious ancient people. In Britain and Ireland you are never far from the Celtic past, but in this series, Neil and Alice travel much further afield, discovering the origins and beliefs of these Iron Age people in artefacts and human remains right across Europe, from Turkey to Portugal. What emerges is not a wild people on the western fringes of Europe, but a highly sophisticated tribal culture that influenced vast areas of the ancient world - and even Rome. Rich with vivid dramatic reconstructions, we create this pivotal time, and meet some of our most famous ancient leaders, from Queen Boudicca to Julius Caesar, and the battles they fought for the heart and soul of Europe. Alice and Neil discover that these key battles between the Celts and the Romans over the best part of 500 years was a fight for two very different forms of civilisation; a fight that came to define the world we live in today.
The efficiency of destruction has been a recurring theme in war, and in modern times the capability for carnage on the battlefield has grown exponentially. The battlefield is no longer a place for catapults, but instead deadly howitzers like the M109 Paladin, or the havoc wreaked by a passing Boeing B-52 Stratofortress dropping its payload overhead. This episode looks at the destructive capability of machinery across all scales, the inventions designed to unleash maximum carnage then and now; from the portable Mk2 Grenade maximising the destructive potential of infantry, to the ultimate weapon that ended WWII and brought on an era of fear with a single blast. The deadly potential of the machinery of war is highlighted in these killing machines.
Edinburgh Castle is a symbol of Scottish might that's been bitterly fought over for more than a thousand years. Some of the most famous names in British history - from Mary Queen of Scots to Oliver Cromwell - have walked its battlements. The spectacular castle has been besieged over 20 times and has existed in many guises - including a military fortress, a prison and a royal palace. The Great Hall commissioned by King James IV, us both stunningly ornate and an engineering marvel. The ancient stones of Edinburgh Castle tell a remarkable story of intrigue, conquest and royal rivalry.
India, the cradle of civilization, has shaped the world we know today in countless ways. For millennia India has been the birthplace of innovation and life changing advancements in culture, science, maths and technology. To celebrate the great achievements of India we're going to imagine a world where they are all stripped away. Not only will the world lose its flavour, it simply won't function.
A documentary that pays tribute to South Africa's greatest leader, Nelson Mandela, by telling the full story of his dramatic life.
This time on River Hunters, presenter and wild swimming loving Rick Edwards - and real life river hunter Beau Ouimette are heading to Britain's most spectacular and best-preserved Roman frontier - Hadrian's wall. They will scour the two rivers that flow along its path looking for lost evidence from the might of 2nd century Rome and the invaders' brutal occupation of Britain.
In the darkest hours of WW2 thousands of men from Burma fought a brutal war to help the Allies win the conflict in the East. Only a handful of these heroes are still alive with many living in poverty and largely forgotten. This film follows a team on a mission to find these veterans and tell their heroic stories for the first time on camera.
Redgrave is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award for her role in Julia (1977). Her career spanning 70 years include A Man for All Seasons (1966), Blow Up (1966), Isadora (1968), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Howards End (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996), Atonement (2007). Redgrave's Awards include Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards.
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, ultimately leading to the beheading of the most charismatic queen in Scottish history. The tale turns on a brother's plot to overthrow his sister in a ruthless bid for power. James Stewart, Earl of Moray, uses clan power to first control and then rid Scotland of his sister Mary. As she battles conspiracies, plots, and counterplots, Mary is trapped in the cruel and tumultuous world of clan blood feuds. After they murder her husband Lord Darnley and Mary flees into the arms of the Earl of Bothwell, the most ruthless of Scotland's clan chiefs, civil war breaks out. Mary escapes to England, never to return again.
The story of Oliver Cromwell's head is perhaps the most bizarre, yet least well known, of all tales from English history. Examine the full story of this extraordinary artefact. It's a strange and grisly saga that runs from dark conspiracy, to detective story - touching upon kings, radicals, eccentric collectors, society ladies, strumpets, and forensic scientists.
This time on River Hunters, presenter and wild swimming loving Rick Edwards and real life river hunter Beau Ouimette, take on the vast River Trent, following in the bloody footsteps of the Vikings as they invaded 9th century Britain. In the first ever archaeological river search of key Viking sites, they'll be hunting for relics of Chief Ivar The Boneless and the Great Heathen Army as they conquered the Anglo-Saxon Kings of England.
On December 28, 1989, Australia's first fatal earthquake struck Newcastle. Thirteen lives were lost. NBN News covered the tragedy, with crews dispatched across the city on the day and weeks following. Thirty years on, we look back.
There were many heroes the night that Titanic sank but for some, the greatest of these was fifth officer Harold Lowe. What made him a hero? And who was the owner of the black alligator purse recovered from twelve thousand feet below the Atlantic ocean? Plus the story of the steam whistles recovered from the wreck site; would their voice ever be heard again?
When Neil Armstrong's boot touched lunar soil on July 20, 1969, it was our momentous, first foray into the universe around us. But the real truth of how we got to the moon, the inelegant, messy and often harrowing reality of regular people actually doing the thing that was thought to be impossible...the fits and starts and mistakes and explosions... that story hasn't been told. For the 50th anniversary of man's most audacious technological achievement, Moon Landing: The Lost Tapes will mine previously unexplored primary source material: audio interviews with astronauts and engineers locked away in NASA's vaults, camera reels featuring lunar footage thought to be lost for a generation, home movies that have gathered dust for decades. Working with producer Nicole Rittenmeyer (102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA), we'll weave a fully immersive narrative from this material, exclusively, to create a taut, seamless, tick-tock style countdown. By forgoing sit-down interviews and relying instead on footage you've never seen to tell surprising stories you've never heard before, we'll take viewers inside man's voyage to the moon.
Burton Stephen 'Burt' Lancaster was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique, blue eyes and distinctive smile (which he called 'The Grin'). After initially building his career on "tough guy" roles Lancaster abandoned his "all-American" image in the late 1950s in favour of more complex and challenging roles, and came to be regarded as one of the best actors of his generation as a result. Lancaster was nominated four times for Academy Awards and won once-for his work in Elmer Gantry in 1960. He also won a Golden Globe for that performance and BAFTA Awards for The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Atlantic City (1980). His production company, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, was the most successful and innovative star-driven independent production company in Hollywood of the 1950s, making movies such as the Academy Award winning Marty (1955), Trapeze (1956), and Sweet Smell of Success (1957). Other classic films included The Professionals, From Here to Eternity, Run Silent Run Deep, Judgement at Nuremberg, Seven Days in May, The Leopard (Visconti) and British classic, Local Hero. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Lancaster 19th among the greatest male stars of all time.
The traditional story of the birth of Christianity is a male dominated affair - only men were priests and the disciples of Jesus. But now, Bible experts and historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor lay out a striking alternative version of events, that sees women central to the origins of Christianity. But why has this pivotal role played by women disappeared from history? In a journey that takes them to ancient caves in Israel and catacombs in Italy, Helen and Joan call into question centuries of Christian thought. Were female disciples actually crucial to Jesus' mission? Preaching, healing, baptising and even financing the movement. If they're right millions of Christians may have to rethink the origins of their faith.
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