This three part documentary series uncovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. In 19th century London, two decades before Mary Shelley wrote her acclaimed novel, pioneering scientific showman Professor Giovanni Aldini successfully used electricity to reanimate animals, severed human limbs and the corpses of recently beheaded criminals. But Aldini needed a whole body - a strong, male specimen, very recently killed by asphyxiation - to attempt his most ambitious experiment: a complete human reanimation.
In 15th century Romania, three monks found themselves chained to the wall of a cell in the castle of Vlad Dracula, Voyvoyd of Wallachia. More commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, he was the most terrifying ruler of Medieval Europe, a psychopathic mass-murderer and the only man who stood between Christian Europe and the advancing armies of the Ottoman Turks. It was this vicious story that gave birth to the Dracula character of fact and fiction.
The extraordinary inside story of the famous Ansett transport dynasty, told here in two half-hour episodes.
"In the beginning was Napoleon!", a popular saying among many historians which demonstrates the extent of Napoleon's political and creative power. It also suggests that this man still has great relevance today. Most of us don't know, that many things we take for granted in everyday life were introduced by Napoleon. From the metric system to massive road construction projects, from the shape of the young United States to the roots of modern European legislation Napoleon's achievements live on.
Thirty years after Cambodia suffered under Pol Pot's despotic regime this program reveals the chilling story of the genocide of more than two million Cambodians that occurred between 1975 and 1978.
After surviving the war as a Hungarian Jew. Robert Sandy established a flourishing grocery business in Budapest. But in February 1949, the Russians confiscated the business and he was forced to flee to Austria. He was smuggled across the border by Russian soldiers only to be arrested as a spy and taken to Vienna.
It's a time of celebration at Oxley Downs. The station is preparing for its first wedding and with Peter's fiancee Luisa and their parents due any day, there is much to do. The men are still building Peter's house and preparations for the festivities are being finalised by shepherd Dan in his new role as wedding planner. Everyone is excited by the upcoming nuptials and the chance for a break from the hard slog of station life, if only for a day.
This week, Andrew sits down with ex-White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas. Age has not wearied Helen Thomas. At 87, the dean of the White House Press Corps is even more tenacious and persistent than when she first started covering American presidents back in 1961.
True Horror discovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. Each episode: Werewolf, Frankenstein and Dracula focuses on the likely origin of a specific monster that has haunted our nightmares for generations; uncovering the historic figures that helped create the stories, and the possible inspiration for their weird and twisted behaviour.
The final episode travels back in time to Venice. In 1284, 23-year-old German artist Albrecht Duerer leaves his home in Nuremberg, primarily to escape the plague, but also to develop his artistic talent in Venice. He meets German publisher Anton Kolb, who is having a detailed aerial panorama made of Venice using the principles of perspective drawing, a radically new idea at the time.
The arrival of governess Genevieve Yates brings much excitement and anticipation to Oxley Downs. Her arrival introduces a civilising influence and promises to give order and purpose to the children's education, but most importantly, relief for the squatter's wife. The servants are worried she might be 'stuck up', but the men are simply interested to see how the new lady on the station looks.
Origins of the song Strange Fruit intertwined with a famous performance of it by Billie Holiday.
King Fong was born in Fiji of Chinese parents. He arrived in Sydney in 1946, after the communist uprising in China diverted his parents' planned return to their homeland. Life was very difficult for Asian immigrants but through hard work, a successful business career and tireless work for Chinese-Australian charities he has emerged as one of the most prominent members of the Chinese-Australian community.
The journey of a family from poor Hunter Valley wine labourers to the owners of Australia's third largest wine company is one of the great success stories of business. But it is a story also of personal tragedy.
In this episode of Australian Biography, Robin Hughes interviews Anne Deveson, the well-known Australian writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and social commentator who has covered highly sensitive and controversial issues and influenced policy in areas from social inequality and sexuality to child abuse and disability.
The series Guests Of The Ayatollah is an adaptation of Mark Bowden's best-selling book of the same name, this four-part documentary series is a suspenseful account of the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81, an event that gripped and ultimately changed the world.
Looks at how Joseph Goebbels used the brothel, Salon Kitty in Berlin, as part of his spying network, with the women who worked there enticing secrets out of their clients, including Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano. According to the former caretaker's son-in-law, the bugged conversations were recorded on wax plates in the basement. Mysterious wiring and plug sockets were found by residents after the war.
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