Supposedly wandering gaily from town to town, medieval minstrels are written off as an ineffectual part of history. In reality showbiz could be risky and these entertainers often found themselves involved in wars and politics.
In 1924, 28-year-old Dr Walter J Freeman arrived at St Elizabeth's in Washington, DC, one of the US's largest hospitals for the mentally ill, and home to thousands of patients suffering from agitated depression, dementia, and psychosis. Freeman embarked on a bold experiment: to discover a physical abnormality in the brain that caused mental illness.
For the first time the funny 'bad guy' of television and radio, Red Symons and his wife, Elly, speak about their heart-breaking and inspiring journey with their son, Samuel, on Australian Story. I
Comedian David Baddiel talks to experts around the world about a child's education - a balance between happiness and achievement.
Robert Oppenheimer was one of the most celebrated scientists of his generation. Shy, arrogant and brilliant, he is best known as the man that led the Manhattan Project to spectacular success. This film tells the extraordinary story of his rise and fall. David Straithairn, whose previous recreation of this era in Good Night and Good Luck was Oscar-nominated, plays Oppenheimer trying to defend himself as he was effectively put on trial for being a communist.
Ernest 'Che' Guevara became an icon for revolution and rebellious youth all over the world. In 1967, he was captured in Bolivia and assassinated by a CIA-inspired killer. His death remains an historic and controversial event; and thirty years later, the circumstances are still the subject of intense public interest around the world.
Through the use of stealthcam, cameras built inside capsules resembling everything from crocodiles and hippos to mudpiles and dragonflies, the magnificent journey of more than a million wildebeest across Tanzania's Serengeti Plain has been captured like never before. The migration is the largest of land animals on the planet and the perils on the 3000km round trip, which the wildebeest take annually for food and water, are numerous. Wildebeest are on the hit list of every African predator.
In this second and final episode, Professor Richard Dawkins looks at how health has become a battleground between reason and superstition. A third of the people in the UK now spend a total of over #1.6 billion a year on 'superstitious' alternative remedies, but 80% of those remedies have never been subjected to properly conducted trials. Dawkins criticises the growing field of alternative medicine which does not pass the same objective and statistical rigour as scientifically derived treatments using controlled double-blind studies.
Does a dirty car get better gas mileage than a clean one? Is the adage, "Stick to beer you're in the clear; beer then liquor ever sicker" true?
This documentary tells the story of four Iraqi boys at school in one of the most dangerous cities on earth, Baghdad. As the city is torn apart by sectarian violence, the film follows their friendships, to see whether they can survive.
There's something especially mesmerising about observing primates, particularly monkeys, mimic human behaviour. Snow Monkeys: Who's Hot And Who's Not is a rich and varied story which focuses on the very different lives of two groups of monkeys - one lives in relative luxury, while the other must endure a daily battle for survival.
Looks at how large-scale tourism development is transforming Montenegro's Bay of Kotor.
Jida has been asked to re-teach the story of "Bunjil the wedgetail eagle". Around a bush campfire, Rogers discusses the Dreamtime and learns the importance of this story and why it needs to be remembered.
A recently found document written in the mid-1930s casts new light on the lives of two of the US's most notorious gangsters.
2 Mums and a Dad is the story of the rocky road of three-way parenting. 2 Mums and a Dad is a unique exploration of the nature of family in today's complicated society. It is a sometimes roller coaster ride from pregnancy to parenthood in a most unusual unit, while also tackling universal issues of relevance for anyone with a family.
Last century, earthquakes killed over one million, and it is predicted that this century might see ten times as many deaths. Last week, a major quake devastated Haiti, yet when an earthquake strikes, it always takes people by surprise. So why hasn't science worked out how to predict when and where the next big quake is going to happen?
Twenty years on from the massacre at Tiananmen Square this series attempts to answer why capitalism contributed heavily to the tragic events of that day, revealing an interpretation of the motives of the demonstrators that may well overturn the conventional view in the West.
A look at what happens to the world we leave behind when water floods our cities. New Orleans is flooded with rain water. Its aquarium's power goes out, spelling trouble for the animals inside. Head lice die off without human hosts. The fate of the Space Needle is shown, and humidity in the Middle East wrecks the space-age structures of Dubai. The fate of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow is also shown. The episode examines buildings in New Orleans that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina and were subsequently abandoned four years before the airing of the episode.
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