In five episodes this fascinating series traces the routes of the epic journeys our ancestors made to conquer the globe. Using the latest genetic and archaeological evidence this series follows in the footsteps of our ancestors to find out. The final episode considers just how early modern humans came to conquer the Americas, and the perilous route they may have taken to reach this vast land mass, cut off as it is by mountains of ice to the North and oceans to the South.
Lord Clark visits Florence, where European thought enjoyed new impetus by rediscovery of its classical past. He also journeys to the palaces at Urbino and Mantua, centres of Renaissance civilisation.
The history of the Jewish people, focusing on what it is about their culture that has allowed them to survive through the destruction of the temple, exile, slavery, expulsions and attempted genocide.
Where the legend ends, the story begins. The documentary, Jesse James, tells the true story of an outlaw who captured the imagination of generations of Americans. The myth of Jesse James is one of America's most familiar and most fictitious. He is known as America's answer to Ned Kelly or Robin Hood, however, James robbed from the rich and the poor with equal fervour. He was known as a gun fighter - but his victims were almost always unarmed. James was a member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the civil war. In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, he met perhaps what was the most fitting end.
Ireland August 27th 1979:The former Viceroy of India and cousin of the Queen, Lord Mountbatten was a World War II naval hero, Allied Commander in South East Asia and one of the architects of D-Day. On 27 August 27 1979, he was assassinated by a bomb planted on his boat by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) whilst he was on holiday with his family in in County Sligo, Ireland.
For Eucharist Bajada, work has always been a major part of his life, whether it was working as a stonemason in Malta, as a builder on the Woomera rocket range or on the deadly asbestos production line at James Hardie's.
Lord Clark journeys from a chateau on the Loire, through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, to the cathedral baptistery at Pisa, as he explores the aspirations and achievements of the Gothic world of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy.
Historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story of how the colourful characters of early colonial Australia transformed a penal settlement into a land with rights and opportunity in a mere 40 years. This sweeping two-part dramatised documentary covers formative events in Australia's history, including the Rum Rebellion and early court cases which established independence and civil rights for all settlers.
The sudden reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th Century is traced, from the first manifestations at the Abbey of Cluny to its high point, the building of the cathedral at Chartres.
An ambitious young king who seizes the throne of the Khmer Empire by murder, commissions the largest stone temple in the world built entirely on a swamp - the mighty temple of Angkor Wat.
Flying into Munich in the early hours of 20 June 1934, Adolf Hitler, then Chancellor of Germany, drove to a fashionable lakeside hotel, where one of his closest comrades from the earliest days of the Nazi Party was dragged from his bed and assassinated. Ernst Roehm, the feared leader of the Brown Shirts was dead.
Travelling from Byzantine Ravenna to the Celtic Hebrides, from the Norway of the Vikings to Charlemagne's chapel at Aachen, Lord Clark illuminates the Dark Ages, the six centuries following the collapse of the Roman Empire, AD400 to AD1000.
By 22 November 1963, the date of his assassination, President Kennedy had made many enemies. He had declared war on the Mafia, racial prejudice and the industrial/military interest in Vietnam. He had humiliated Krushchev and Castro, who both wanted revenge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even to this day, conjecture surrounds the ballistics evidence and whether two assassins were involved. New film material from Washington has just been released.
Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.
In 1988 the Turin Shroud was proven to be a fake. But new evidence, throws that conclusion into doubt. This film documents new research by one of the first scientists ever to analyse the relic in the 1970s.
As a young king wary of the power of the nobility, Louis XIV decided to build the palace of his dreams on a windswept hill where his father's hunting lodge stood, surrounded by foul marshlands. As a boy, he used to hunt there with his beloved father. Versailles: The Dream of a King, looks at Louis XIV's dream of turning this land into the most sumptuous royal palace in Europe, set in splendid gardens that should offer a glimpse of heaven.
He is one of the most important men to have ever walked the earth but between the ages of 12 and 30 the whereabouts of Jesus Christ are unknown. For 2000 years, scholars and believers have debated why two decades of the life of Christ is a blank slate. The answers may be found in a most obvious source, The Bible. Found in the pages of The New Testament are clues that shed light on Christ's life during The Missing Years, what he thought, who he knew and how he lived.
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