Discover and learn about different families around the world who have made their mark in history which include the Romanovs, Tudors and Ramesses.
August 6, 1945: See how the catastrophic event that destroyed a city changed the world, amid fears of mutual assured destruction.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In a heroic mission, British and French forces evacuated thousands of soldiers.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; The deadly plague unleashed by 'Churchill's Toyshop'. The return of the Ripper in the London Blitz. The strange disappearances that give birth to the Bermuda Triangle. And the macabre secret of Skeleton Lake.
Italy is a nation with an incredibly rich and influential history. Its impact on our modern world surrounds and fills our daily lives. From ancient thinkers and explorers, through the Renaissance to modern day innovations in science and technology, the famous boot-shaped country made our world a better place. To celebrate Italy's achievements, we're going to strip them away and explore the world left suffering unimaginably when its greatest innovations and discoveries are erased.
Award-winning actress Olivia Colman thinks her ancestry is largely from Norfolk, so she is astonished to discover that she needs to travel to India to find out more about her great-great-great-grandmother Harriot. Olivia finds records that reveal Harriot was an orphan in 1811 on a ship bound for England from Calcutta. Harriot's father was an Englishman, but the identity of her mother, who gave birth to her in a remote Indian village, is a mystery Olivia delights in solving.
A film that tells the harrowing tales Liberators and Liberation Witnesses. These heroes of World War II put their life on the line to stand against hatred and protect their fellow humans.
Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas investigates a family story that her maternal great-grandmother abandoned her husband and children for a more exciting life in America. What Shirley discovers casts her great-grandmother in a completely new light. On her father's side, Shirley pursues a rumour that she has black ancestors - a trail which leads her to colonial Cape Town and the era of slave trafficking to South Africa via the Indian Ocean.
At the age of 24, King Charles VI of France lost his mind. The throne of France was in danger. Burgundians and Armagnacs went to battle. Civil war began to rage, encouraging the ambitions of the King of England. The Hundred Years' War flamed up again. But with the help of Joan of Arc, a 17-year-old girl from Domremy, France's Dauphin, the future king Charles VII, resisted England's attempts to seize the throne. From the battlefield of Agincourt to the royal Chateau d'Amboise and the magnificent fortress of Chinon, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
Julia Zemiro is in Melbourne with Gillian Triggs, an academic, lawyer and social justice advocate.
This is war at its weirdest. Here are the strange stories you will not find in any other history show. This episode; A desperate Nazi hunt for the lost continent of Atlantis. The Hollywood star who was a teenage spy. The monstrous regiment of Russian fighting women. And the angelic host that saved the day at Mons.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this two-hour History special presents the key events of the Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe and the subsequent battles that captured the control of the Normandy coast. Some of the last surviving veterans recall in gripping detail the terror, the patriotism and the drama from the frontlines of war. While D-Day has been told many times, this special honours the diverse backgrounds of all who served, including the experiences of African-American servicemen who fought and died. Rare archival footage from the actual invasion along with recreations will enhance the compelling story that changed the world.
On 8 November 1918, an Englishman, a Frenchman and a German gathered in secret, on a train carriage in a forest near Paris. Their meeting would last for three days. Its aim: bring peace to Europe, and an end to four long years of brutal and deadly war.
In what could turn out to be the largest murder case on British soil. Forensic archaeologist, Caroline Sturdy Colls, goes in search of a Nazi SS camp constructed in secrecy on the British Channel island of Alderney during World War II. Years of research and forensic investigation have led Sturdy Colls to examine remnants of concentration and labour camps on the quiet island, and to official SS archives in Germany, where clues emerge that lead Caroline to suspect that Alderney was the scene of Nazi mass murders. However, when local officials attempt to stop the investigation, the search for the final resting place of the victims is imperilled. Sturdy Colls led the forensic team that discovered the gas chambers at Treblinka in 2013, but now they face their toughest challenge to date this time much closer to home. Shrouded in a decades-long conspiracy of silence amid attempts by local authorities to prevent examination and the search for the missing victims of Nazi atrocities, the team must turn to state-of-the-art technology to get the answers they seek. After much discussion, compromise and stonewalling, their final discoveries, made in spite of vigorous protests by the Alderney government, are chilling.
We know the leaders of the Second World War: Charles De Gaulle, Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, but do we know the stories of these three men, 20 years earlier, in the midst of the First World War? Courageous soldiers, cowards, or hotheads? Who led the way in the mud of the trenches? Who committed feats in battles? Who escaped? For the first time ever you will discover the incredible history of the leaders of the Second World War in the hell of 1914-1918, the Great War. Through the testimonies of historians and military experts, and using reconstructions, 3D images and archives, you will be immersed into the stories of these four men during the first world war. This film will be told chronologically while intertwining the military fates of these three men in the Great War.
Over 70 years ago, ordinary citizens were called to duty in a fight to defend freedom, honour and country. Germany, Italy and Japan had set their sights on world domination while the US and its allies rose up to fight. This series takes an intimate look at personal wartime experiences from veterans and citizens who endured the front line's bloody conflicts. This episode covers the final years of the war, from December 1944, the Battle of the Bulge, to September 1945, the Japanese surrender.
Julia travels to Melbourne to meet self-described "funny lady" Judith Lucy, talking about her formative comedy years there. We then return to Perth, and Judith talks through growing up in a dysfunctional family.
The Pilgrims' Way is a series of tracks in the south of England following the ancient track of the North Downs, which bore many a pilgrim to the shrines of Winchester and Canterbury along its chalky arc. But there's more to the Pilgrims' Way than pilgrims. The North Downs is the most ancient route to Europe, having been connected by that very chalk to the continent from the Ice Age. Through retreating glaciers and rising sea levels, the chalk was cut by the North and Atlantic seas so that between 5500 to 3500 years ago the Dover coast first began to resemble its iconic white cliffs profile.
In 1328, following the death of the last Capetian king, Charles IV, the crown of France passed to the Valois dynasty. That infuriated the young English king, Edward III, who saw himself as the legitimate heir to the French throne. That rivalry between the French and English led to the longest, bloodiest conflict in European history: the Hundred Years' War. From the battlefield of Crecy to the Basilica of Saint Denis, the epic historical reconstructions and gripping narratives of this series reveal how the lust for power and personal obsessions of princes redrew the frontiers of France and other European nations.
In this episode, we ask what will be the Prince of Wales' legacy for the Duchy, as senior staff prepare HRH Prince William for the day that he will succeed his father to become the next Duke of Cornwall.
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