The story of Dusko Popov, the Serbian double agent who inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond. Dusko was from a wealthy Serbian family and had studied in Germany before the war. He was recruited as a German agent by a close university friend, but not being a supporter of the Nazis, he also offered his services to Britain. For the remainder of the war, he worked as a double-agent feeding the Germans misinformation created by the British.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. In this episode, two remarkable days which bridged the Atlantic Ocean. In 1901, the first transatlantic radio message is recieved by inventor, G. Marconi. He lived in a world before powered flight, but by 1977 Concorde was making its first supersonic journey into New York.
On tonight's show, Susan Sarandon locates the Tuscan village her great-grandfather called home.
Increasingly frustrated by his role campaigning for war bonds, Basilone convinces the Marines to allow him to train troops headed for combat. Transferred to Camp Pendleton, he enjoys a whirlwind romance with an initially reluctant female Marine, Lena Riggi. But the couple know they are living on borrowed time, as Basilone is soon to take part in the Marine landing on Iwo Jima.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the rough and tumble world of American politics. From the assassination of it's youngest ever leader, John F Kennedy to the disgrace and expulsion of its most successful election winner, Richard M Nixon. The stories of two men destined for disaster were entwined as they fought a bitter battle for the presidency in 1960.
In 73 BC a deserter from the Roman Army was sold into the slave market. A few months later he led his fellow slaves and gladiators in a bid for freedom that turned into the greatest rebellion the Roman Empire ever faced. With extraordinary vision and bravery, he led his renegades to victory against the 'invincible' Roman legions, brought the Empire to the brink of revolution and won immortal fame as an icon of oppressed people around the world. His name was Spartacus.
Paul Couvert grew up in the Dutch colonial city of Batavia (now Jakarta). When the Japanese landed, his family was interned, his parents were to die and he was sent to Japan as a slave labourer and was working at a dock in Nagasaki when the bomb went off. After the war, he helped the repatriation of Dutch refugees to Australia.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the launch of the atomic age and how it was originally foreseen as clean, cheap and efficient power in the 1940s and 50s. No one had even considered the possibility of an accidental nuclear disaster.
The German army launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the East, with supreme confidence in its own superiority. High Command was sure that victory would come as quickly and as easily as in France.
We explore the evolution of the commercial aeroplane from people carrier to flying bomb.
Simon Schama delves into a once deteriorating relationship between Scotland and England, and, how it came to be that half a century later the two countries would be building a future together.
Rough Science and Hottest Place on Earth presenter Kate Humble traces her links to a legendary daredevil who tested fighter planes during WWII. And did her grandfather make a 'Great Escape'?
By the fall of 1944, America is ready to liberate the Philippine islands and the POW's who have been stranded there since 1942. Sgt Jack Werner is among the men storming the beaches of Leyte, one of the main Philippine Islands. Seaman Jack Yusen fights in the naval battle of Samar and reporter Robert Sherrod accompanies the Marines on their assault of Iwo Jima.
In 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion cracks Egyptian hieroglyphs. One hundred years later, Howard Carter reads the name on a lost tomb and makes an amazing discovery.
In 1822, JeanFrancois Champollion cracks Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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