The stunning tale of the building of the most spectacular - and impossible - monument in the Americas - the sacred mountain-top city of Machu Picchu.
According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the Germans merely rebelled against Roman occupation.
Focusing on the years 1000-1087, this episode reveals how the Battle of Hastings changed Britain for ever and how the new King of England came to be. After 1066, William Duke of Normandy was crowned King and waged a brutal campaign of aggression and murder against any opposition. William ordered a complete census of every farm in the land, raised taxes and created the Doomsday Book.
Akhenaten - At the end of the 18th dynasty a great heresy plagued Egypt. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and declared that there is but one god, Aten the solar disk. He moved the capital of Egypt form Thebes to a desert wilderness which he called the Horizon of the Aten. Along with the change in religion, Akhenaten changed the 2000 year cannon of Egyptian art from highly stylized formal presentations to natural poses and subjects.
It is Christmas Day, 1989. In Bucharest, the capital of Romania, a firing squad takes aim. Nicolae Ceaucescu, hated dictator of the Romanian people, falls dead alongside his wife Elena. Within hours, pictures of the bullet-riddled bodies are flashed around the world, as the last of the Eastern European states declares its independence of Communist rule and foreshadows the death of the Soviet dream. Ten years earlier, an event in Iran paved the way for a new ideology that would shape the world forever. On 16 January 1979, a Boeing 707 lifts off from Teheran International Airport. At the controls, Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran. He is leaving his ancestral homeland as the people take to the streets, burning his picture and tearing holes in banknotes bearing the imperial symbol. He will never return. Meanwhile, in a modest Paris suburb, his successor, Ayatollah Khomeini, awaits the call that will bring him out of exile to a tumultuous welcome.
This episode covers the period from 1938 to the invasion of Poland in 1939. Hitler's annexation of Austria and then Czechoslovakia and his plans to invade Poland led to serious attempts on his life which were foiled by chance as much as by his elaborate security system.
Ted Egan's career has ranged from working with remote Aboriginal communities to songwriter, historian, entertainer and the Northern Territory's Administrator. Born in 1932, Ted planned to travel to Brazil after high school but he never got further than Darwin. There he worked mainly in remote areas for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs as a patrol officer, reserve superintendent, teacher and district officer.
200,000 years ago a new species was born - us. The first men and women led a fragile existence in a dangerous world. So how did they flourish and go on to colonise first the African continent, and then the rest of the world?
Sava Spasojevich spent time in a labour camp in Germany, survived a death march in 1945 then migrated to Australia after working as an interpreter for the British.
The Macedonian army was a fearsome sight, its soldiers armed with long spikes and marching in tight formation. Under Alexander the Great, it created the largest empire the world had ever seen.
Bob Brier hosts this series that documents the lives of three of Egypt's famous leaders. There are tales of great battles, personal obsessions and intimate relationships. The three powerful rulers, Ramses the Great, Akhenaten, and Queen Hatshepsut have their entire life histories documented on the walls of their elaborate stone tombs. Bob Brier will decipher the paintings and hieroglyphics to uncover the true stories of these Egyptian Pharaohs.
Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, exploding myths and setting records straight.
In the space of four minutes, at an Atoll in the Pacific Ocean called Midway, the course of World War Two was transformed. Six months after Pearl Harbour - US and Japanese fleets met for a decisive showdown. Thanks to both sides use of a relatively new piece of technology the aircraft carrier this battle would be decided without the ships of either fleet ever coming within sight of each other. At Midway, America's carrier pilots destroyed Japan's best ships and killed nearly four thousand men the cream of Japan's naval elite. It was a blow the Japanese would never recover from, making the outcome of the conflict in the Pacific virtually inevitable and releasing precious American military resources for the conflict in Europe.
The Paris Opera Ballet stages a tribute to legendary Russian-born ballet superstar Rudolph Nureyev. Nureyev hit the world headlines when he defected from the Soviet Kirov Ballet at the Paris Airport in 1961. Nureyev became a star on and off stage, associating with the likes of Jackie Onassis, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol.
A four-part documentary series which traces the private and professional life of Britain's greatest sailor, examining his triumphs and defeats, his hopes and disappointments, and the unlikely rise to social prominence of a man born into rural poverty. Cook expert and bestselling British author Vanessa Collingridge, searches for the man behind the legend as she traces his story in a series that is part biography and part travelogue. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
Disaffected Jews living inside and outside Germany plotted to assassinate Hitler and other leading Nazis as counter-intelligence and security agencies expanded in Germany.
This feature is only available for subscribers. Please contact your EnhanceTV administrator or email firstname.lastname@example.org