Planes, trains, fast cars, high-tech homes, space exploration - Stop. Rewind is a television journey that plots the most innovative 25 years in human history. From the giant leap forward in technology from the mid-1980s to the beginning of the 21st century, Stop. Rewind explores those ideas, discoveries, breakthroughs, dead-ends and eureka moments that shaped the latter part of the 20th century and laid the groundwork for the 21st.
A three-part series that investigates the epic history of the Normans, reckless sailors from Scandinavia who invaded and conquered England and then expanded into Scotland, Wales, Italy and Northern Africa.
This week we meet the Tudors: from Henry VIII's accession in 1509 to the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII exactly 100 years later. David Dimbleby shows how the Tudors used art as an instrument of power and propaganda. First, Henry VIII and the lavish, gilded tomb in Westminster Abbey he commissioned for his father; the epic Field of Cloth of Gold painting in Hampton Court made to celebrate his diplomatic triumph over the French; and the extraordinary patron-artist relationship he cultivated with Hans Holbein.
The story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns.
When Winston Churchill died in 1965 he was already a relic of a lost age, but his funeral brought a city to a standstill and was he first state funeral given to a non - Royal since the 19th Century. So who was this man who held such a special place in Britain's heart? In this three part series we examine the life of Winston Churchill: it's successes and its failures.
The story of five paintings by Gustav Klimt, stolen by the Nazis in Vienna during World War II. They had been in the possession of a prominent Jewish family until that time. In 2006, a surviving member won the case for their return.
A look at the life of King Louis XIV commonly known as the Sun King. Plus the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa who arranged a series of disastrous marriages for her children.
Delve into the final mystery of 9/11: the collapse of a third tower at the World Trade Centre (WTC), which was never hit by a plane. Seven years on, the last official report on the WTC has finally been published. This documentary features new interviews with the lead official investigator and an important new eyewitness together with architects, scientists and others who think there was a sinister plot to destroy the building.
On Thursday October 24, 1929, New York's Wall St Stock Exchange crashed. And though that one event alone was devastating, it was just the beginning of what would become the greatest economic crisis of the 20th century, the Great Depression. In this compelling and fast-paced documentary, award-winning writer/director William Karel (The World According To Bush) uses photos, songs and vision from the era to build a chronological account of events leading up to, and after, the crash on Wall St.
British presenter and commentator David Dimbleby reveals the seven great ages of British culture, uncovering and exploring over 2000 years of extraordinary artistic achievements. This is the story of British art in the Middle Ages, spanning from the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 to the death of Richard II in 1400. It was an age defined by worship: whether worship of God, the King, or one's lady love. David Dimbleby looks at the finest creations of the medieval church, like the stained glass of Canterbury Cathedral and the colourful Bury Bible, and is winched 40 feet off the ground to see a rare surviving church Doom close up.
From the moment he arrived, Meitek Swat hated Australia. Everything was different and difficult, particularly the unions with whom he refused to get involved, having just escaped from a communist country.
Winter 1944-1945: In Europe, the allies are totally unprepared for Hitler's massive counterattack in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxemburg. It is the biggest battle of the War on the Western Front, fought during the coldest winter in memory. But by the time the Battle of the Bulge is over, Hitler's enormous gamble has ended in disaster - and the Russians are getting closer to Berlin every day. Meanwhile, in the Santo Tomas Camp in the Philippines, thousands of internees are now starving, desperately trying to hold on to life long enough to be liberated. This series, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrates that, in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy. The film honours the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.
This is the definitive look at the aftermath of 9/11. We will examine firsthand accounts of rescue workers navigating the treacherous terrain to reach survivors, soldiers deploying to the scene, family members searching in vain for loved-ones, survivors being pulled from the wreckage and people visually documenting the scene from various vantage points throughout.
Bribery, corruption and intrigue were commonplace in Papal history.
Focusing on the years 1348-1485, this is the story of the plague or Black Death, a disease that killed within a week and a national trauma that utterly transformed Britain, and how the survivors created a better nation with the help of the Peasants' Revolt in 1380. It also covers the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) which finally ended when Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
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